- Mon, 2010-09-27 11:27
In 1993 22 year old Daniel Dumile's brother and band mate DJ Subroc was knocked down and killed whilst crossing the Long Island expressway. Passing just weeks before their hip hop trio KMD were due to release second album Black Bastards, things went from bad to worse for Daniel as days after his brothers death KMD were brutally dropped from their label Elektra Records. Daniel retreated from the NYC scene and took up sleeping on benches, aimlessly strolling the streets of Manhattan and thinking. Four years later....Daniel pulled a stocking over his head and began freestyling incognito at Manhattan open-mic nights, venting his frustrations toward the music industry. It was here that MF Doom was born. A stocking changed to a mask, singles were released and in 1999 his first full length LP Operation: Doomsday hit the streets.
20 years on and MF Doom has gone on to achieve notorious status. His mask rarely leaves his face, his words impart great wisdom and stuttered insanity in equal measure, and his live show combines outrageous showmanship, playful samples and a finely tuned enigmatic craftmanship of the live hip hop experience.
September 14th 2010 sees the release of Expektoration featuring Big Benn Klingon, a live album documenting the darkest shadows, fullest outbursts and artistic development of one of the most anticipated hip hop shows in town. Broken into two acts, complete with intermission, Act 1 dives through a Star Trek themed intro into tunes primarily from 2004's MM...Food and Madvillainy. Act II features his debut Operation: Doomsday amongst cartoon themes, 2003 single Change The Beat, DOOM's alter ego King Geedorah and an ongoing stream of audience sing-a-long floating in the background.
While nothing can replace the live experience, Expektoration feat. Big Benn Klingon offers the best mix of DOOM's intense and sustained energy with joyful absurdity - the opening shots are a man stating, Expektoration, or spitting, is a common side effect of speaking Klingon. Until you are used to it, keep a napkin or handkerchief nearby.