MF Doom, perhaps the most legendary figure in underground hip hop, returns. Only this time he’s 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 you’re probably used to,” Doom explains. “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.
Doom’s 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 phenomenons KMD. Dropped by Elektra for refusing to change ‘controversial’ cover artwork, tragedy was heaped on top of disappointment when Zev Love’s 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, though, he re-emerged on Bobbito Garcia’s 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 scene, “Operation: Doomsday” was hailed as a classic and KMD’s ‘lost’ album, “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 Keith’s Dr Octagon project, it’s always worth remembering that Doom is a deep thinker as well as a dope rhymer, and there’s more going on here than at first meets the eye.
“This whole album is Geedorah’s alien perspective on humans,” he explains. “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.