MF DOOM: The Masked Super Villain

2020 was atrocious. It robbed the world of Kobe Bryant, Alex Trebek, and on Halloween, the metal faces villain, Metal Face DOOM, AKA MF DOOM, transitioned to the afterlife. Countless publications and better authors will discuss DOOM’S impact, but I’ll briefly touch on it before delving into what personally fascinates me with the Super Villain.

MF DOOM was known for his incredible grasp of rhyme and cadence. He played with flows and rhythm in a way that was unlike any of his contemporaries. To this day, I can’t find a rapper that flows like him or rhymes in the way that he does. His albums were esoteric, littered with skits from television shows and vocal snippets that tied his album together. They were there with the express purpose to further your understanding of the super villain and his plans. Take for example, his intro to Operations Doomsday, “The Time We Faced Doom”, and his sampling of the Fantastic Four TV show. By just using the skits, he sets you up for the album, closing the opening song with quote “Doom hates us all, but in his warped mind, he has a personal score to settle with me”

There are numerous videos on how DOOM rhymes, but this video highlights everything that rhymes and what it rhymes with. Following a single rhyme scheme will blow your mind, let alone following the story that is being laid out behind the bars itself.

But, as I said before, countless publications can talk more in depth about DOOM’s rhyming. What fascinated me about MF DOOM has nothing to do with his rapping. In fact, it’s how private he was.

There was a Drink Champs episode that I watched recently, I believe it was with Busta Rhymes. In it, he discussed the idea of a rapper’s privacy and how his fans interact with him, expecting him to be animated and akin to “Woo Hah” era Busta Rhymes. MF DOOM was a private man to himself in an era of the mobile phone and high speed technology. The mask is what added to the mystique. It protected the super villain from the public eye and let one of hip-hop’s most elusive rappers remain just that. It added to the persona of the super villain, that no one knew where he was, what he looked like (for the most part), or when he’d drop.

MF DOOM will always be one of the best rappers in hip hop to ever touch a mic, pen a verse, or spit a rap. His influence stretches from the underground hip hop world with rappers like Evidence and Aesop Rock, to mainstream cats like Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt.

If there’s one thing to remember about DOOM, it’s “ALL CAPS when you spell the man name”


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