Story: Jack Foley
MF Doom, perhaps the most legendary figure in underground hip
hop, has returned - only this time, as a giant, three-headed lizard
from outer space.
"You should listen to the album for what it is and not expect
it to be like the average 'Rap' stuff youre probably used
to," he explains, when describing his latest album, Take
Me To Your Leader.
"Geedorah is a space monster. He's not from the Earth.
I made it different on purpose. A blend of ill lyrics and instrumentals.
To me its way iller than any of the wack shit out now."
Across 13 tracks all produced, written, recorded, arranged, mixed
and mastered by the man himself (though with a variety of vocal
guests, including Kurious and Scienz Of Life), Doom comes through
with the unique style which has made him the King of the Underground
off-centre beats that owe much to his love of jazz, fantastically
skilled, charismatic MCing and ideas galore.
Dooms career in hip hop goes right back to the early 90s
when, known as Zev Love X, he was a central member of nu skool
However, he was dropped by Elektra for refusing to change controversial
cover artwork, and then tragedy was heaped on top of disappointment
when Zev Loves brother and fellow band member, Subroc, was
killed in a car accident.
The young MC and producer vanished from the hip hop scene and
was, to some extent, forgotten.
In 1998, however, he re-emerged on Bobbito Garcias classic
label, Fondle Em, as MF Doom and over the next few years
cemented his place as one of the most important names on the underground
Operation: Doomsday was hailed as a classic and KMDs
lost album, and Black Bastards finally saw
the light of day.
A generation of musicians have grown up in awe of him and he
has since worked with everyone from Prefuse 73 to Madlib.
But, while this record will undoubtedly be compared to Kool Keiths
Dr Octagon project, its always worth remembering that Doom
is a deep thinker, as well as a dope rhymer, and theres
more going on here than at first meets the eye.
"This whole album is Geedorah's alien perspective on humans,"
"This is done intentionally to show the listener a mirror
image of his/herself and the way we see each other.
"On the album we cover different subjects ranging from race
issues to the neglect of children.
"Some might find the word 'Nigger' offensive, or the line
about the young girl not being able to read maybe considered a
'bad taste' joke. All these insecurities are within us."