MF Doom

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    September 17, 2014

    Doom and Bishop Nehru Team Up for the Most Anticipated Hip-Hop Album

    Five years ago, I boarded a plane from JFK to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport on the instruction that at some point between takeoff and landing the hip-hop artist MF Doom would text me from a secret cell-phone number and give me directions about how to meet him for an interview. The texts arriv ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    The Rise of the Self-Serious Rappers

    Ta Nehisi-Coates' short profile of MF Doom, published in The New Yorker in 2009, finds the rapper describing his writing process: "When I'm doing a Doom record, I'm arranging it, I'm finding the voices. . . . All I have to do is listen to it and think, Oh shit, that will be funny. I write down wha ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    The Underachievers Recall the Time Cops in Missouri Made Them Take Acid

    AK and Issa Dash join together as the Underachievers, a Flatbush-based rap duo signed to Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label. After dropping the excellent Indigoism mixtape in 2013, they've just released Cellar Door. Still buzzing from the reaction to the project, we hit up the indigo kids to talk thro ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Creature of Rebelmatic: The Patriarch of NYC's Hip-Hop Underground

    Opening for Kool AD this Thursday night at Webster Hall is hip-hop-infused punk outfit Rebelmatic, a group fronted by MC and DIY-innovator Creature, a face familiar to anyone who's ever even walked near a hip-hop event in New York City in the past two decades. From his '90s output with his group Tri ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    March 23, 2004: The Most Important Day in Indie Rap History?

    Where were you on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004? If you were a music fan, chances are you were picking up Usher's Confessions album, as it eventually went diamond and birthed "Yeah," a song that seems to get as much airplay today as it did 10 years ago. Or, if your radar picked up underground movements, ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Bishop Nehru Reveals Details Of His Collaborative Album With MF DOOM

    Bishop Nehru seeped onto the scene last year with his Nehruvia mixtape. That project presented the (then) 16-year-old rapper from upstate New York as someone blessed with an endearingly slurry flow and a mature and accomplished take on the world. Since then Bishop Nehru's stock has been steadily ris ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Will These Delayed Rap Albums Finally Come Out in 2014?

    The year was 2009 AD. After countless years of delays and speculation, Wu-Tang Clansman Chef Raekwon unleashed upon an unprepared world Only Buily 4 Cuban Linx II. Originally slated for a 2005 release, the exceptionally big gap between its announcement and its hitting store shelves was quickly forgi ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    The Puzzling History of Rap Album Sequels

    It looks like Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is on track to becoming the year's biggest rap release. While we're just now hitting the fifth year mark of Eminem's "comeback," this new album's success and praise has largely been attributed to Em's efforts to rekindle the fire that made the origina ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Food Music Mixtape Volume 2

    Yesterday (and just in time for Independence Day celebrations), DJ Escoffier brought you Volume 1 of our food music mixtape. Today, DJ Bearded James unleashes Volume 2; be sure to listen for the Paula Deen Apology remix at the end. Did we miss your favorite food-related tune? Let us know in the com ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Food Music Mixtapes For All Your Summer Rug-Cutting Needs

    As both Jessica Simpson and the Bard can attest, music is indeed the food of love. We, however, would much rather focus on the music of food. There's no lack of songs on the subject, so under two "foodonyms" (DJ Escoffier and DJ Bearded James) we've compiled a duo of mixes intended to get your stoma ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Don't Compare 16-Year-Old Bishop Nehru To Joey Bada$$

    Hailing from upstate New York, 16-year-old rap tyke Bishop Nehru released his impressive Nehruvia mixtape last week (which you can stream below). Over 12 tracks, the project features Bishop (who named himself after 'Pac's character in Juice) dropping his buttery flow over instrumentals by MF Doom, M ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    My Inability To Schmooze Is Killing My Music Career!

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Five Rare Ghostface Killah Songs You've Never Heard

    Tonight, lauded Wu-Tang MC Ghostface Killah takes the stage at Webster Hall. Ghost has spent almost two decades being one of the most prolific MCs in the game. Unfortunately, many legal restrictions have kept some incredible work of his from seeing an official retail release. So, for the Ghostface ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Make Time for These Hip-Hop Shows at CMJ 2012

    By all means, enjoy the whispy waifs warbling their sensitive indie ballads up and down the city during CMJ. But make time for some hip-hop while you do. Here are a few acts worth your time. See Also: - Don't Miss These Bands At CMJ - Handy CMJ Flowchart Panel Selector

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    July 13, 2012

    Seven Speaker-Shattering Busta Rhymes Guest Verses

    Busta Rhymes will headline this year's 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival with a performance down under the borough's namesake bridge on Saturday. With a stash of rap anthems that includes "Pass The Courvoisier," "Woo-Ha!! (Got You All In Check)," and "Hands Where My Eyes Can See," the big man's set is ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Hip-Hop's Top Ten Aretha Franklin Samples

    ​Rap royalty loves the Queen of Soul. Or, at least, some very prestigious hip-hop types have found the intimate grooves of Aretha Franklin's discography to be fine and fertile fodder for their sampling kicks. So with Franklin preparing to warble her way through a couple of back-to-back shows a ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Blue Note Records' Ten Best Sample Sources

    Blue Note's cover art: Also an inspiration. (Original on the left, homage on the right.)​Hip-hop artists have never been shy about sampling songs from the vaults of the Blue Note jazz label, and few have pilfered with as much creativity and gusto as A Tribe Called Quest's one-time de facto lea ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Five Great Records On Fondle 'Em That Aren't By MF Doom

    ​This week, Metalface Records reissues MF Doom's Operation Doomsday (in a lunchbox, for some reason) and that seems like a good excuse to look back on the label that first released the project--Fondle 'Em. While Rawkus, through its feats of star-making and self-mythologizing, now stands as the ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Curren$y And The Alchemist Get Chilly On "Covert Coup"

    ​The New Orleans-based Curren$y is a weed rapper, which means his job is to make something usually associated with directionless demotivation seem badass. The art of weed rapping is the art of bragging about surpassing low expectations, and there are a couple ways to do this: the current big m ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Hip-Hop's Top Ten Greatest Sneaker Songs

    Kid Cudi, going all out for Converse.​Sneakers have long been hip-hop's footwear of choice. The links between the artists making the music and the companies behind the kicks are now totally intermingled, from top-end exclusive lines like Jay-Z's limited-to-five-pairs all-black Air Force 1s (de ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    The 10 Greatest Rap Songs About Video Games

    ​Def Jam Rapstar is the latest attempt to merge the worlds of hip-hop and video games. In the past, this has involved shoehorning playable rapper characters into cliched genres -- a Wu-Tang Clan beat-'em-up! 50 Cent's first-person shooter! -- or rappers licensing a few throwaway songs to the l ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    The Top Ten Rap Supergroups That Never Happened

    Over the weekend, the rapper Sean Price took to Twitter to propose a collaboration album between his own Brooklyn-based Boot Camp Clik hip-hop crew and Staten Island's mighty Wu-Tang Clan. The idea has been received rapturously. But then again, theoretical hip-hop supergroups usually are. Rap's hi ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2010

    Michael Jackson and Hip-Hop

    Guess which one of those things didn't die this year

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    January 5, 2010

    MC Paul Barman Perseveres

    Reintroducing the lewdest, brainiest, unlikeliest white rapper of them all

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    November 24, 2009

    Thanksgiving Playlist 2009: 100-Plus Songs Better Than Your Grandma's Lumpy Squash

    Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions? This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    The American military presence in Afghanistan costs about $16 billion a month. What are we getting for the money? "Afghaniscrewed: How I Spent My Fall Vacation" by P.J. Tobia. When Alan Hevesi was the city's, then the state's comptroller, Jack Chartier and Hank Morris were his "two loyal gatekeeper ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    DOOM Laughs Last

    Rap's biggest enigma is back with more off-color jokes and apocalypse theories

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    November 26, 2008
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    November 6, 2008

    The Week of Obama Odes. Plus, Kool Keith, Still Batshit and Pervy

    Sound of the City roots for the blue home team. So does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley. Obviously, this was the week of the many Obama Odes. Presumably Big and Rich has been taking the last few days off. For the record, this is still where my head is. Jay-Z premiered his ode to O, "History," ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008
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    November 22, 2007
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    August 28, 2007

    From Madvillain to Milli Vanilli

    Angry fans allege that mysterious rapper MF Doom won't even play his own shows anymore

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    December 12, 2006
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    November 7, 2006
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    October 31, 2006

    Private Enemy

    Two New York rappers dreamed of stardom. MF Doom got it. MF Grimm didn't.

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    January 27, 2006
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    December 28, 2005
  • Music

    August 9, 2005

    Gypsy Part of Town

    Come savor the beaty delights of European multiculturalism, Arabski kjuchek included

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    January 25, 2005

    Harmonies and Abysses

    Across the sky sheet the impossible birds in a steady illiterate movement homewards

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    December 28, 2004
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    November 9, 2004

    Diphthong Songs

    Rap's James Thurber welcomes you to his world once more

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    March 23, 2004
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    November 4, 2003
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    September 2, 2003

    It Was Rewritten

    Nas-postles Remix and Retool the Prodigal Son of Hip-Hop

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    October 29, 2002
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    July 9, 2002
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    September 11, 2001

    Sound Checks

    Your Choices Guide to Four Nights of CMJ Music

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    August 7, 2001
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    July 31, 2001
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