The Nerd Behind the Mask

And samples aren't all that MF Doom won't credit—he won't give Elektra credit for derailing his career eight years ago, either. Even the adverse effect of his brother's death gets only a passing nod on "Red and Gold": "I been bent back since my physical went back." Other than that, MF Doom seems to have settled with his past and put aside all his childhood pursuits . . . well, all except one. "As the life cycle goes on," he rhymes on "The Finest," "you learn to hold on to things like the mic." But unlike most guys still struggling to check one-two in their twilight years, Doom somehow managed to fall completely off and come back, not just older, not just more genuine, but a hell of a lot cooler the second time around.


One way to deal with peach fuzz
photo: Matt Doyle
One way to deal with peach fuzz

MF Doom will perform at S.O.B.'s August 15.

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