After the onslaught coming his way the last year you gotta know somethings cookin’ when Doom sends the ‘poster to get boo’d offstage by tired, broke, and angry fans at hip hop’s biggest festival (not the first time). Some say Doom’s straight dead, even more say he’s just counting his money in the crib and not sweating about the withering fan base.
The dudes in the biz back him up:
“Every day for the past month we’ve been hit up by people wanting explanations, statements, clarifications, and declarations about MF DOOM. Is he lip synching? (No. Listen to the videos on Youtube.) Is he an impostor? (No, but he did lose some pounds.) Is he in the hospital? (No, he’s in his studio… or if not there, you can find him in the pub with the grub stain.)
Reached earlier this morning at his home in Georgia, an alive and well MF DOOM issued this statement: ‘What up? I’m dead.’ ”
-Stones Throw circa October 2007
And the other dudes in the game do not.
“Whatever the case may be, I implore you and anyone involved in this to stop screwing your fans and your peers and get your ducks in a row. Don’t make me throw on some blue stretch leotards and put out a solo record.”
-Kno of CunninLynguists Circa August 2008
Despite it, the fans aren’t having anything but 100% from the Villain anymore. I’m a hopeful skeptic- Doomposter dropping soon for sure and everyone will be happy. Anyone got info? Hook it up.
Rock the Bells in San Bernardino August 9th:
Apparently there is a meaning to the fake Doom shows.
“…this past weekend C-Rayz Walz, a frequent Doom collaborator and old friend, was here in Chicago and we were discussing Doom and his antics. C-Rayz claims that Doom is an absolute genius and is sending out these fake Doom’s to gear up for the release of his next album “Doompostor”. Apparently, on the next album Doom will discuss this in-depth (but when have you heard Doom discuss anything in-depth?)
Is this factual information? Not sure. But if so, I give Doom plenty of credit for messing with his fanbase like this – the balls on this guy! (Pause, just in case)
We’ll see if Doompostor ever comes to fruition.”
“UGHH: You know about the incident with DOOM lately, because you were there. What can you say about it, what’s going on?
JR: Well number one, there’s a method to the madness, always know that.
Number two, DOOMPOSTER 2008- the album 2008. That would be my comment. Never forget, we’re not dealing with the superhero, we got the super villain. It’ll be hard to swallow. I feel that at the end of the day, the sun will shine and the people will be happy.
I just know there’s a method, its not time to build on it yet. It’s a need to know basis. That’s the motto of Metal Face Records, when the people need to know, they’ll know.”
I guess we’ll see what goes down…
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).
Pitchfork posted some live pics of MF Doom at Atlanta’s MJQ Concourse last night. They seemed glad he wasn’t lip syncing (like some of the Rock the Bells rumors suggest) but people still seem to think he’s sending an imposter to shows.
On the Stones Throw Message board one writes:
“Notice anything weird? Go back and check out photos of Doom from a year ago or whatever, look at music videos, hell, check out his acceptance speech for the MTVU woodie award from this year. The dude at the Atlanta show is definitely an imposter. There is no way that’s really MF Doom. The eyes are what really stand out to me. Those are not Doom’s eyes, I don’t care if he lost lots of weight or whatever. In order to go from looking like he did in that MTV woodie award video to looking like the dude in that photo he would have had to undergo extensive plastic surgery.
Am I crazy or does that not look like Doom at all?”
I think its most definitely him… I don’t think the villain would stand up all his colabs like the on stage. We’ll see I guess.