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MF DOOM's Metal Face Records Releases 2016 2LP Repressing of KMD's Storied "Black Bastards" Album

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2016 01:20pm | Post a Comment

New 2016 hip-hop releases at Amoeba, many of them wax represses, include the latest vinyl re-issue of KMD's ever storied and controversial album Black Bastards (aka Bl_ck B_st_rds). Intended to be the follow-up to their 1991 debut Mr. Hood on Elektra Records, this album was famously shelved by its major label in 1994 over its title and cover art. The album, that became an instant classic, did get released (and re-released) over the years since in CD and vinyl formats.  The vinyl repressings, now out of print, are not always easy to find. The new 2016 2LP version of the album distinguishes itself from previous pressings by its packaging: newly designed gate-fold pop-up album cover (above) plus an excellent 32-page booklet inside. Further, this release is care of Metal Face Records, the label owned by KMD founding member Daniel Dumile (aka widely beloved hip-hop artist MF DOOM). Essentially, this album and the events surrounding it are what shaped DOOM's whole career and his ever-intriguing persona of a masked super villain. 

Back in 1993 in his young KMD days, DOOM was known as Zev Love X.  The British-born NYC hip-hop artist and his brother DJ Subroc as the group KMD were working on their second album, which was to be a stylistic departure from their more fun, lighthearted first record. Then right before they were to finish up production on the album, DJ Subroc was killed, the pedestrian in an auto accident. He was only 20-years-old. It was devastating for DOOM who lost not just his brother but his musical partner. To make things worse, when time came for the album to be released the label said they didn't want to release it because of the cover art, the attention-grabbing "hanging sambo" art that was created by Subroc. Elektra handed the surviving brother back the master tapes for the album along with a nominal sum of money and told him they were done with him. The whole negative experience caused Dumile to spiral downward and drop out of hip-hop for a few years. Then, like a phoenix from the ashes, in 1997 Zev Love X re-emerged as MF DOOM (Metal Face Doom). As such he has become a respected prolific artist introduced to many via such collaborative projects such as Madvillain (with Madlib), DANGERDOOM (with Danger Mouse), JJ DOOM (with Jneiro Jarel), DOOMSTARKS (with Ghostface Killah), and 2014's NehruvianDOOM (with Bishop Nehru).

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Saluting MF DOOM's Illustrious Career

Posted by Billyjam, November 28, 2015 07:00pm | Post a Comment
With the publication yesterday of a new video by MF DOOM in which the elusive longtime hip-hop talent promises fans a busy 2016, it's a fitting time for the Amoeblog to pay homage to the talented hip-hop emcee/producer and present a brief overview, via ten tracks (videos below), of MF DOOM's most unique and incredible career. DOOM is not just an amazing lyricist, but his career with its tragedy to triumph tale, and his whole mysterious persona, and his many collaborations aliases make him one of the most engaging characters in hip-hop history. Working backwards and starting in the present, we begin with that aforementioned new video that is entitled "DOOM - A Villainous Adventure." In it DOOM reveals his plans for a prolific upcoming new year, one that will bring "a lot of good shit." Filmed in some exotic Central American location (he shouts out "Honduras") while decked in trademark metal face mask plus sporting a "Dumile" shirt, the artist born Daniel Dumile speaks from a mountain side, and while commandeering a boat on the choppy waters. In another scene, still in metal mask, he's seen swimming underwater. Apologizing to fans for not been round so much of late (" been healing and resting up") he says that the for the MF DOOM year of 2016 he is "getting ready to fuck y’all up,” in the video that appears to be funded by the New Era hat company.

While DOOM may not have released any solo full length projects in six years he has not been idle. Proof includes a brand a couple of days earlier it is a new PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9") track with a feature from DOOM and Phonte too. It is culled from the forthcoming The PRhyme Deluxe Album (Dec 11th release). Up next is another 2015 Doom collaborative track: DOOMSTARKS (DOOM with Ghostface Killah) and their newest collab track "Lively Hood" whose instrumental is heard in background of the new video uploaded yesterday. Skipping over but giving a nod to last year's NehruvianDOOM, which was his collaboration with Bishop Nehru that featured DOOM's production and some rapping, it's back to DOOM's 2012 collaboration with Jneiro Jarel. Under the name JJ DOOM, they released the album Key To the Kuffs  that features the opening track "Guv'nor" below. Other classic MF DOOM collaborations included below are DANGERDOOM (with Danger Mouse) and the track "Sofa King" off 2005's The Mouse and The Mask (Lex/Epitaph), and the Madvillain (with Madlib) track "All Caps" off the 2004 Stones Throw album Madvillainy. Madlib was contributed some production for the DOOM (minus the "MF") album Born Like This. Released by Lex Records in 2009 the album, that featured such tracks as "Yessir! (feat. Raekwon)," was DOOM's last official solo studio album. There's the track "Lickupon" culled from the 2003 album Vaudeville Villain - one of two he released that year under the alias of Viktor Vaughn.

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Serengeti talks about "Family & Friends"

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2011 09:38am | Post a Comment
For the past decade, unique and refreshingly quirky Illinois hip-hop wordsmith Serenegeti has been quietly amassing a large body of work (about sixteen albums worth) via a string of solo albums matched by an equally impressive series of collaboration projects with such other artists as Polyphonic and Hi-Fidel - not to mention a slew of memorable cameo appearances in verses on other emcee's albums. Clearly rarely idle this prolific Mid West artist recently found time to relocate west to Cali. He now calls Los Angeles home and for his just released latest (and perhaps most accessible to date) album,  Family & Friends released on CD and vinyl, he reconnected with the Cali based Anticon label through whom he also released the 2009 Polyphonic collab Terradactyl. He also recorded parts of it in Oakland, CA in Why? front-man Yoni Wolf's home studio.  The new album's other producer, Advance Base (otherwise known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) also has a knack for bringing out only the very best in this left-of-center lyricist. The result is Serengeti's best (and one of 2011's best hip-hop) albums to date.

For Family & Friends Serengeti delivers more of his trademark engaging stories (his albums are like books with the songs been character-driven chapters - this one an 11 chapter collection of short stories) delivered in a stream-of-consciousness sounding flow. As usual you know it's Serengeti the moment he opens his mouth and you hear his distinctive voice followed by these  lyrically rich, deep tales of complex characters - all personas (part fiction, part reality) that he adapts so convincingly that you are sure he is talking in first person, and from first hand experience.

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MC PAUL BARMAN AMOEBLOG INTERVIEW

Posted by Billyjam, January 6, 2010 02:14pm | Post a Comment
MC Paul Barman "Owl Pellets" from his new album Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud

New Jersey born, New York City based MC Paul Barman first caught the attention of the hip-hop world a decade ago when he arrived (seemingly out of nowhere) with his Prince Paul (Stetsasonic, De La Soul, A Prince Among Thieves, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Souls of Mischief etc.)-produced It's Very Stimulating EP, which won critical praise and instantly cemented his place as an unabashedly nerdy hip-hopper. A most clever wordsmith, he was labeled by some as a thinking man's emcee. And while his unique lyrical style may not have been every rap fan's cup of tea, he won respect for not fronting, just being himself, and for MC Paul Barmantackling topics not addressed by your average rapper.

He also won the respect of many hip-hop artists and over the years has collaborated with such acts as MF DOOM, Deltron 3030, Masta Ace, and has toured with such acts as Blackalicious and Del tha Funky Homosapien, who is one of the many guests on his new album, Thought Balloon Mushrooom Cloud (Househusband). The album, which touches on such topics as sampling, owls, AIDS, and circumcision, is the self-described "Jewish atheist'"s first official release since 2002's album Paullelujah!. I recently caught up with the artist to talk about Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud and some of the new rhyme styles unveiled on this recommended new album.

AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 04:17:09

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2009 06:17am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 04:17:09
jadakiss the last kiss
1) DOOM Born Like This (Lex)

2) Jadakiss The Last Kiss (Roc-A-Fella)

3) Aceyalone Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones (Decon) 

4) eLZhi Witness My Growth (Fat Beats)

5) UGK UGK 4 Life (Jive)

DOOM, the artist formerly known as MF DOOM, continues to sell well at each Amoeba Music store with his latest album Born Like This on Lex. Last week he was #1 at Amoeba Hollywood, two weeks ago #2 at Amoeba San Francisco, and this week the masked mic master is number one at the Berkeley store, and deservedly so. It's a great album that demands repeated listens! And number two at the Telegraph Ave store this week is the brand release from Jadakiss, The Last Kiss on Roc-a-Fella. If there ever was a cameo-laden, star-studded rap release, this is it. Dizzam, does it have a lot of guests! Jadakiss has eye-catching, big name stars to collaborate with on the 18 track CD -- he only has three tracks to himself! Guests include Lil Wayne, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Young Jeezy, Styles P, Pharrell, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, Ne-Yo, and Faith Evans, to name but some. Evans, the singer and widow of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, appropriately appears on "Letter To B.I.G.," a truly touching tribute to the late, great Biggie Smalls that is also found on the recently released soundtrack to film B.I.G. biopic Notorious.

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