DOOM Shares The Stories Behind Ten Of His Best Verses

28. DOOM

For such an elusive, mysterious and generally hard-to-reach figure, DOOM is a jovial guy once you get him on the phone. Then again, that’s the tough part: The legendary masked rapper isn’t exactly the easiest person to locate, and he’s not exactly media-friendly. In an age when even an intensely private artist like Prince has a Twitter, DOOM remains an enigma. He has a verified Twitter account but it only has one Tweet: “DOOM IS NOT ON TWITTER.” His phone conversations can be prone to strange circumstances: DOOM and I were mysteriously disconnected twice, the first time for a matter of minutes, and the second time for 10 days. Getting a hold of him is difficult, but hanging on is almost impossible.

And yet, when XXL called up the artist formerly known as MF DOOM (and occasionally known as Viktor Vaughn) to discuss some of his classic verses, he was nothing but a gentleman, speaking in the same charming, discursive and easy-going style that he raps with. It was easy to picture him anonymously shopping for groceries and crossing streets in the UK, where he now resides and prefers to the U.S. because, as he puts it, “Motherfuckers aren’t getting killed in the streets as much.”

Though he’s allegedly facing some visa issues, it’s also likely that DOOM enjoys life in the UK because it allows him to focus on what he does best: write killer rhymes. DOOM is a lyrical scientist and he’s been in the lab for decades, concocting immersive, cavern-like albums like 1999’s Operation: Doomsday and 2004’s Mmm.. Food on his own and experimenting with collaborative projects like Madvillainy with Madlib and the more recent Key to the Kuffs with Jneiro Jarel.

Currently finishing up a project with 17-year-old hip-hop prodigy Bishop Nehru and putting the final touches on the long-delayed Madvillainy sequel, DOOM took some time out of his day to break down some of his most intricate and mind-melting verses. Read on to learn more about the maniacal brain lurking behind that mask. —Dan Jackson

Previously: AZ Shares The Stories Behind 15 Of His Best Verses

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  • brism

    heard some madvillainy ‘extra’ stuff at a madlib show..excited is an understatement

  • BrianRaider

    Wow Thanks A lot Dan Jackson!!! Wow It’s Been About A Year Since The Last Doom Article! This Is Always Welcomed!!! I Even Got To See My Favorite Doom Verse Mentioned(That’s That!!) Whoa. You Guys Sure Know How To Brighten A Down Man’s Day!!! This Is Awesome! Wish He Was In The US I Would Love To See Him In Concert!!! I Really Appreciate This Post! I Will Add A Few Favorties That Arent Mentioned Above! Crosshairs-Man Cot Damn!!!, The New Bookfiend-The Clams Casino Version!!!, De La Soul’s Rock Co. Caine Flow, Figaro!!!,Rhymes Like Dimes-Surprised To Not See That Here. All In All This Is Dope!!! It Helped Me Out To See This!!! That’s Why I Fux Wit Y’all!!!

    • Young Melon

      thanks for capitalizing the first letter in each word. it adds a lot of importance to your comments.

      • awsome!

        I have to agree…. Makes the whole thing far more interesting and actualy legible

    • BC

      What was the last DOOM article?

      • BrianRaider

        It Was Here A Year Ago It Announced His JJ Doom Project & Had A Picture Of Doom With Some Cartiers On

  • Gorka

    So where are the stories?

    • MattRadich

      Hit next

  • ste

    always fascinating to hear from DOOM
    hes very mysterious

  • Nate Watson


  • wash your hands

    Doom’s remarks in this interview are completely incomprehensible.

    • Captain Spaulding

      Comprehension skills are your forte, eh? Nothing wrong with that.

  • teck

    Wonder what visa issues he has…I think he has dual citizenship anyway cos he was actually born in the UK. Well that ish doesn’t stop the man from dropping dope ass projects such as Key to the kuffs. can’t wait for his collabo with Bishop Nehru.

    • Dr Vogel

      honestly i’m no expert but it seems to me like he doesn’t have full citizenship in the US — he might have been staying here illegally idk

      • teck

        Damn, that would be insane though, remember he moved there as a kid. I guess that was the same/similar issue Slick Rick had a while ago.

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