Monday, 8 August 2016

Beat Dump 6. The Influences: MF DOOM.

Beat Dump 6: The Influences

Without this fellow, the Beat Dump series may have never happened.

Over the last past 10 years MF DOOM hasn't just been
my favourite rapper, but my favourite artists in music overall.
This guy changed Hip-Hop for me just as I was finding it stale
and extremely frustrating. DOOM changed everything for me personally,
asides from lyrics more left-field than anyone else I'd been exposed to
at the time, DOOM proved to be a magician with production.

What is special about DOOM's production isn't so much his skill
but his aptitude to seek out and craft simple, but effective, addictive
loops (often with very clean drums patterns) DOOM taught me about
the rules and how there aren't really any.

Even at this point, I'm still hesitant to pull some of the shit he's pulled.
However, I consider DOOM the first artist to prove to be a master of
skits, keeping them interesting, thematic and mainly; musical.

The entire Special Herbs & Spices series were a great listen and an
even better research project, finding those original samples and figuring
out how they were flipped. Projects such as the classic "Operation: Doomsday"
and "Take me to your leader" (released under the name; King Geedorah), gives
us a showcase of beats, rhymes, skits, themes, samples blended together creating an
audio aesthetic defining DOOM's signature style.

Looking back at his early work while with KMD, you can see just how visionary
DOOM was, from the sample work to the clever skits, building the universe the
story is based in. I personally like to seek out new talent, I'm used to stories in
which great new talent emerges, then burns out like a shooting star or worse is
snatched away from us too soon, almost in a strange poetic sense, in which we never
get to see their 'true potential'.

Tragedy did strike KMD losing a key member, rapper & producer, but most importantly
DOOM's brother 'Sub-Roc'. Hip-Hop lost an emerging talent. KMD were soon
dropped from Elektra & Daniel Dumile fell into a void in which many would never return.
But over the years Daniel Dumile, then known as Zev Love X did return, turning his pain and sorrow into energy fuelling his new persona MF DOOM; Hip-Hop's Super-villain.

There is much speculation as to how much of Sub-Roc's work was credited
as DOOM's, many theories as to how things would have turned out if he lived on.
Most likely, without his tragic loss, we would have no MF DOOM, but it's possible
we could have had a group far beyond anything we could have imagined; two brothers
with the talent of MF DOOM? Or possibly more?

Mechanical Ashar
Beat Dump 6
Another chapter in a story of beat development, audio art & musical experimentation.

Free to download, check it out, let me know what you think.
For more Shadeprint stuff, find me online (@Shadeprint)

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