The Message Behind The Mask

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    The most villainous rapper around breaks down the message behind the mask, and why good things come to those who wait. Doomsday!

    Question: How do you manage to become the greatest, most heatedly debated enigma your genre has brought forth in years, and still don’t need no introduction? Being _(artist-name)DOOM_. That’s how. A prolific MC with a decades-long history of innovative wordplay, DOOM (aka _(artist-name)MF Doom_, _(artist-name)King Geedorah_, _(artist-name)Zev Love X_, and _(artist-name)Viktor Vaughn_) ranks as one of hip hop’s few true crossover stars, earning fans as diverse as the New York Times, _(artist-name)Mos Def_ and _(artist-name)Thom Yorke_. Besides his skill-laden aura, impressive body of work and rhetorics, the most villainous Metalface has been through all ups and downs a life in music could possibly offer. Born in London and raised in Long Island, young Daniel Dumile named himself Zev Love X and founded legendary _(artist-name)KMD_ with his brother _(artist-name)DJ Subroc_ and _(artist-name)MC Rodan_ (who got replaced by _(artist-name)Onyx The Birthstone Kid_ soon after). With appearances on _(artist-name)3rd Bass_’ _(album-title)Gasface_, a classic album debut and a controversial second ready for release, KMD had already left an impressive mark on the hip hop map when tragedy struck and DOOM’s brother was killed in a car accident. Suffering from the loss, DOOM retreated from music for four years, before returning with a new stage persona and trademark style on _(artist-name)Bobbito_’s Fondle ‘Em imprint. While the MF Doom moniker was reserved for sample-based supervillain tunes, Dumile came up with different names and projects such as Viktor Vaughn or King Geedorah as a playground for his love of leftfield hip hop and beat culture. The years to come had him team up with _(artist-name)Dangermouse_, _(artist-name)Ghostface Killah_, and, most prominently, _(artist-name)Madlib_. With DOOM’s hypnotic stream of consciousness imagery on Madlib’s bulky beat sketches, _(album-title)Madvillainy_ turned out Stones Throw’s most unlikely best-selling album ever.