Happy Birthday DOOM

MF Doom - "Dead Bent"
(Dead Bent 12"; 1997)

We gather here today to celebrate the birth of Daniel Dumile. He's one of the greatest writers that ever lived. By his own admission he stands on the shoulders of Rod Serling, Charles Bukowski, and Shallah Raekwon. I was first introduced to his music by happenstance over fourteen years ago. Several music stores catered to DJ's in my hometown back then, and most were considerate enough to provide turntables so customers could preview used vinyl. My friends and I would often mistake that inch for a country mile and sampled new records as well. The moment the needle dropped on 'Dead Bent' I knew I'd stumbled on something special. Sonically, it was a phenomenal collage of fairly common elements. Issac Hayes, Jackson 5, and Boogie Down Productions coexisted so naturally I wondered why no one else had ever thought of it. Dumile's raspy flow was at once aloof, calculated, nonsensical, and witty. I hadn't yet made the KMD connection, nor was I aware of his metal faced shtick. All I knew is this record was exactly what I needed to hear during that awkward lull in Wu-Tang's discography between Forever and Supreme Clientele. This is how MF Doom's music was intended to be heardignorant to image and affiliation. Salute.

5 comments:

  1. Yo my G.. I shed a gangster tear reading this yo.

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  2. irl shit for real. Good work man.

    Never had the 12" version before, cheers.

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  3. This is exactly how I felt when I first heard "Accordion", I was late but it was that song that eventually led me to venture through the Doom discography.. Great writing on this post.

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  4. Thanks fellas. Glad you enjoyed it.

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