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Whether the elaborate, tangled kung fu-n-comic book narratives that color countless Wu-Tang songs or Jay-Z's oft-repeated voyage from the mean streets to Easy Street, hip-hop is certainly at no loss for grand mythologies. The blurring of the line fantasy and reality is endemic to the genre, the concept of “keeping it real” perhaps not as important as re-defining that reality according to a set of predetermined plot points. Is it any wonder so many rappers operate under aliases?
Yet even among such willful exaggerations and simple tall tales, the story of Daniel Dumile fascinates. Emotionally scarred by both the death of his brother and an industry that refused to grant him sanctuary, Dumile adopted the persona of MF Doom, a damaged scourge come to wreak havoc on the world that destroyed him. Dumile repeatedly refers to himself as the “Supervillain,” but his main aim isn't to inflict destruction so much as it is to report it. His debut, Operation Doomsday was like a news broadcast from 30 years in the future, a place where the planet was populated by crudely-drawn anthropods running from smeared day-glo explosions.
The mood isn't any lighter on Born Like This, Dumile's first record under the Doom moniker… read more »