So it looks like fans have reasons to be angry at the villain.
At the ATL show he was clearly lip-syncing to the effect of this:
It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s sending an impostor but does count for Pitchfork’s bizarre tongue in cheek review:
“Put your fears to rest: by all appearances MF Doom wasn’t lip-synching into a dead receiver”
It seems he clearly was… one fan writes his own review on the Stones Throw Message Board:
“Against my better judgment I went ahead and paid $30 for my ticket to the MF Doom show last night at The MJQ Concourse in Atlanta.
The show was billed as MF Doom featuring the MetalFace Academy emcees.
The MetalFace Academy cats came on around 1am much to the displeasure of the crowd of 400+, many of whom had been there since 8:30pm. I knew better and arrived around midnight. I also knew better than to expect a decent show out of the Academy cats as everything I’ve ever heard from them was a joke. Simply put, they are not very good emcees – but I digress.
Around 1:20 the crowd (knowing that MJQ had to close at 2am) began getting very restless and two fans were forcefully removed for taunting and heckling the poor performance Academy was giving them. Dres tha Beatnik (sensing what was up) began pleading with the crowd to be patient – and finally “Doom” (quotations to be explained later) poked his head out around from backstage. The crowd went nuts understandably… but MF only showed his face and then went backstage again and the concourse was forced to endure another 10 minutes of the Academy emcees bashing the impatience of the crowd with taunts (not SONGS, mind you) full of statements like “if you want DOOM you’ll have to rock with us first” and “you ungrateful motherfuckers don’t deserve DOOM”, etc.
Finally, FINALLY at 1:40am (twenty minutes before closing) Doom took the stage wearing the silver mask and Godzilla-esqe hoodie similar to what he wore at prior shows around the country.
As soon as the FIRST vocals came out of his mic – every TRUE Doom fan (that was sober) realized that he was lip-syncing.
1. The most glaring fact was that Doom NEVER, not once, said ANYTHING to the crowd in-between verses or songs. Mind you that this was his HOME TOWN crowd as Doom now lives in Kennesaw, Ga – 11 miles north of the venue. We never got a “Atlanta, how you feeling?”, “What’s up Atlanta?”, “Give it up for MetalFace Academy”, etc. He NEVER SAID ANYTHING THAT WAS NOT A VERSE THE ENTIRE SET. I am not exaggerating. Everything was “said” by Doom was a verse to a song.
2. Doom (or the person that was impersonating him) walked around stage with the mic firmly attached to his mouth the ENTIRE time – EVEN during long instrumentals or when his cronies/hype men were talking or rhyming. He NEVER let the mic drop from his mask, therefore eliminating any chance of his vocals starting with the mic not near his mouth.
3. There were mic problems in earlier sets, very distorted at times as is the norm at hiphop shows. MJQ has a history of poor sound and at times you couldn’t understand a word that was being said by the opening acts, even when they were talking to the crowd without a beat under them. However, EVERY word of Doom’s vocals were crystal clear, studio quality, even his ADLIBS. As anyone that has EVERY been to a hiphop show of any kind knows – the emcee’s live vocals never sound studio quality and many times the voice is vastly different due to the stress the emcee is using during his show. This was not the case with MF because they were simply playing a cd over the system.
4. Doom “performed” 5/6 songs and finished exactly at 2am – then said nothing to the crowd (how could he when he hadn’t said a word all night), put both hands in the air and walked off stage. As is the norm, the part of the crowd that wasn’t thoroughly disgusted at this point, started yelling for an encore. Dres tha Beatnik (host) was seen walking back and forth to various members of the entourage, apparently trying to figure out if there was going to be an encore. The Academy emcees all seemed to say that there wouldn’t be one and Dres was left to contend with a very disappointed and verbal crowd. He seemed to shrug his shoulders a bit and apologize in a round about way.
5. Suspecting that this was either not MF Doom and/or he was lip-synching – I moved closer to the main stage and positioned myself at an angle as to see him properly. It should be noted that I’m 6’8 so my view of the stage was completely clear. I am absolutely certain that during parts of songs Doom’s mouth was not even moving. And before naysayers try discredit my ability to note this due to MF’s mask – if you have been to a Doom show or seen him in person, you know the mask comes down to a point around the mouth and if you are looking at his profile you can see the jaw, cheek, and neck completely. There were SEVERAL times – most noticeably during “One Beer” that this man’s mouth did not move. The mic was simply firmly placed at his mouth while the cd vocals played.
Fuck Doom. ”
It seems like a big trick on anyone… he even mentioned the impostor gig in elemental magazine 2 years ago (validating the meaning of the mask at the fan’s expense).
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