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Daniel Dumile
Background information
Birth name Daniel Dumile
Also known as MF DOOM
The Super Villain
Viktor Vaughn
King Geedorah
Metal Fingers
Metal Fingered Villain
Zev Love X
Born January 9, 1971 (1971-01-09) (age 37)
London, England
Origin Long Island, New York, United States
Genre(s) Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 1989–Present
Label(s) Metal Face
Fondle ‘Em
Big Dada
Nature Sounds
Shaman Works
Stones Throw
Insomniac, Inc.
Monsta Island Czars
MF Grimm
Website MF DOOM site (not updated since 2004)
Official Myspace

Daniel Dumile (pronounced /duːməleɪ/) (born January 9, 1971) is a British born American hip hop artist who has taken on several stage names in his career—originally Zev Love X, most famously MF DOOM, and in side projects such as King Geedorah, Metal Fingers, Viktor Vaughn, and collaboration projects such as DANGERDOOM and Madvillain. He remains one of the most popular and critically acclaimed indie artists today. Little is known about his personal life, though he did reveal in a 2006 interview on his MySpace page that he is married with two children, one of them teenage.




[edit] History


[edit] Early years with KMD

Dumile, the son of a Trinidadian mother and Zimbabwean father, was born in Southeast London, England,[1] then moved with his family to New York and was raised in Long Beach, New York.

As Zev Love X, he formed the group KMD with his younger brother Subroc and another MC called Onyx The Birthstone Kid.[1] A&R Dante Ross learned of KMD from the rap group 3rd Bass, and signed them to Elektra Records.[2]

Dumile and KMD’s debut on record came on 3rd Bass’s song "The Gas Face" from The Cactus Album,[1] followed in 1991 with KMD’s album Mr. Hood, which became a minor hit through its singles "Peachfuzz", "Who Me?" and heavy video play on cable TV’s Yo! MTV Raps and Rap City.

Subroc was struck and killed by a car in 1993 while attempting to cross a Long Island expressway before the release of a second KMD album entitled Black Bastards.[1] The group was subsequently dropped from Elektra Records before the release of the album due to controversy over the album’s cover art[2] which featured a cartoon of a stereotypical pickaninny or sambo character being hanged from the gallows.

With the loss of his brother, Dumile retreated from the hip-hop
scene from 1994-1997. He testifies to disillusionment and depression,
living "damn near homeless, walking the streets of Manhattan, sleeping on benches".[3][1] In the late 1990s, he left New York City and settled in Atlanta.
According to interviews with DOOM, he was also "recovering from his
wounds" and swearing revenge "against the industry that so badly
deformed him."[1] Black Bastards had become bootlegged at the time, leading to DOOM’s rise in the underground hip-hop world.

[edit] Birth of MF DOOM

Dumile began to rap at open mic events at the Nuyorican Poets Café in 1998 where he withheld his face by putting a stocking over his head. His new identity was influenced by Marvel Comics supervillain Dr. Doom.
He wears the mask while performing and isn’t photographed without it,
except for very short glimpses in videos such as Viktor Vaughn’s "Mr.
Clean" and in earlier photos with KMD[1]

The release of Operation: Doomsday in 1999 by independent label Fondle ‘Em
marked the official turning point for Dumile in his reinvention of
himself from a major label recording artist of minor status to
independent artist, where he would find his greatest success. In 2000, Doom released his first collaboration with MF Grimm, entitled MF EP. Since then, the MF’s have begun a bitter feud.

During this time, Doom also began releasing instrumental albums, in a series known as Special Herbs.


[edit] Mainstream recognition

DOOM’s first commercial breakthrough came in 2004, with the album Madvillainy together with producer Madlib under the group name Madvillain. Released by Stones Throw Records,
the album was a critical and commercial success. MF DOOM was seen by
mainstream audiences for the first time as Madvillain received
publicity and acclaim in publications such as Rolling Stone, New York Times, The New Yorker, and Spin. A video for "All Caps" and a four-date U.S. tour followed the release of Madvillainy. Additional videos for "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Accordion" were released on the DVDs Stones Throw 101 and "Stones Throw 102: In Living the True Gods," respectively.

In the same year, MF DOOM’s second solo album MM..FOOD was released by the Minnesota-based label Rhymesayers Entertainment. As Viktor Vaughn (another obvious play on Dr. Doom, whose "real name" is Victor von Doom) he has released two albums Vaudeville Villain & Venomous Villain (also called VV2),

Though still an independent artist, MF DOOM took a bigger step towards the mainstream in 2005 with The Mouse and the Mask, a collaboration with producer DJ Danger Mouse under the group name DangerDoom. The album, released on October 11, 2005 by Epitaph, was done in cooperation with Cartoon Network‘s [adult swim]
and frequently references characters from its programs. DOOM also made
an appearance in "November Has Come," a track on Gorillaz’s 2005 album Demon Days. In 2006 DOOM hosted the [adult swim] Christmas special and he could be seen in between shows and other such things.

[edit] Current and upcoming projects

MF DOOM produced tracks for both of Ghostface Killah‘s 2006 albums, Fishscale and More Fish; and the two are currently at work on a collaboration album entitled Swift & Changeable. So far only one track has been released from the album, "Angels", which appeared on a Nature Sounds compilation in late 2006. DOOM has also revealed plans for a second Madvillain album with producer Madlib, with one song, "Monkey Suite", first appearing on the Adult Swim/Stones Throw Records album Chrome Children. Other potential projects mentioned by DOOM include new albums from DANGERDOOM, The John Robinson Project and KMD,[4]
as well as further albums under both his Viktor Vaughn and King
Geedorah aliases. However, many such DOOM projects have been rumored in
recent years without materializing.

Despite no new DOOM releases in 2006, Kidrobot and Stones Throw released an 8" tall Madvillain toy available to coincide with the release of the Chrome Children CD/DVD (hosted by Peanut Butter Wolf)
which featured a DVD performance of Madvillain and several other Stones
Throw artists. MF DOOM also continued to work with [adult swim] doing
voice-over work as Sherman the Giraffe on Perfect Hair Forever, being the voice for The Boondocks ads and previews and hosting their Christmas Eve 2006 programming.

MM..FOOD was reissued under the Rhymesayers label on July 24, 2007 as a special edition CD & DVD package.

MF DOOM will also be doing production on the second album of past collaborator, Kurious which is due early 2008. He has also made an appearance on Stones Throw’s B-Ball Zombie War on a track called "Mash’s Revenge" along with Guilty Simpson and the late J Dilla. Lately, DOOM has co-won a mtvU Woodie Award with Madlib in the category Left Field Woodie for Madvillain‘s "Monkey Suite" video.

According to an interview with long time collaborator John Robinson,
MF Doom will release his third LP under the "DOOM" moniker in 2008,
titled "Doompostor." [5]
As explained by John Robinson and C-Rayz Walz, live lip-syncing and
impostor-sending dating back to Rock The Bells in NYC (July 29, 2007)
has been orchestrated by Dumile as both a marketing mechanism and a
basis for understanding his new album.[6]


[edit] Style

Did it on the sly
Before he’s gone bye bye spit it on the fly
Brush your teeth, rinse and gargle
A true nerd who messed with new words since Boggle
And used slang in Scrabble
Rhymed with a Northern drawl, twang and babble
Flossy pen jargon to break the world record
Do a Faustian bargain and tape the girl nekkid
"Mince Meat", from The Mouse and the Mask

MF DOOM’s lyrics are sometimes perceived as eccentric.
With an abundant use of polysyllabic rhymes and bizarre metaphors, MF
DOOM combines complex syntax with phrasing to create a rhyme flow that
is both exhausting and entertaining. His songs commonly lack the
typical verse/chorus structure in favor of showcasing extended rhyme
schemes and strophic or repeating beats and melodies.

Samples from old cartoons (particularly Fantastic Four cartoons in which characters often refer to their arch-enemy, Dr. Doom) frequently find their way into MF DOOM’s productions. Even before his work on the Adult Swim-influenced DANGERDOOM project, his raps alluded to popular movies and TV shows, often Star Trek and the Godzilla films.

Unlike many rappers’ first-person point of reference, MF DOOM refers
to himself in the third person to better convey his own semi-fictional
persona. DOOM himself is a caricature, a masked incarnation of the
"supervillain" that his lyrics describe, which combines with personal
traits and experiences to create an endlessly fascinating topic for his
own songs.

Originally, MF DOOM sported a mask that was very similar to Dr. Doom, the Fantastic Four villain. However his current mask designed by Lord Scotch, a New York graffiti artist, is modeled after the mask worn by Russell Crowe in the film Gladiator
The mask is said to hide the metaphorical scars remaining from the
death of MF DOOM’s brother Subroc in 1993; MF DOOM has also given a
number of alternative meanings for the mask, including the preservation
of creative anonymity in the increasingly image-driven genre of hip-hop:

To me, from a musical
aspect, hip hop is going into the direction where its almost damn near
100% on everything besides the music, what you look like, the sound of
your name, to what you’re wearing, the brand of clothing, whatever
intoxicants you choose to put in your body, everything except what the
music sounds like. So the mask is really a testament to yo, it’s not
about none of that, its straight about the wreck. You could be any
color or whatever you know what I’m saying? The mask represents
everybody to say that yo, nothing matters, the brand of clothing, none
of that matters, it’s about how you spit and how the beats is raw,
thats what its about.

MF DOOM, MuchMusic


[edit] Discography

[edit] References

[edit] External links

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NAME Daniel Dumile
SHORT DESCRIPTION Rapper, producer
DATE OF BIRTH January 9, 1971
PLACE OF BIRTH London, England

MF Doom – Accordion


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