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Posted 18 November 2013 - 09:34 PM

So bear with me guys, (just let this slide down the thread list if you have no use for it right now) but this is something assembled over various free moments for a while, and I just got inspired to finish it up. Thought it would be nice to have a spot to collect/catalogue all the DOOM interviews from over the years. I know I personally go back every now and again to re-read the more interesting ones, so having a place to deposit them is only natural. If anyone has anything to add to this list, hit me with it and I'll update, otherwise peruse and enjoy at your leisure. So here we go, 20+ years of DOOM interviews, some transcribed, some on their original sites, some excerpts from print, others audio or video interviews:

1. ??? 1990 - Dee Barnes interviews KMD (ON CAMERA!) for a segment of Pump It Up! sometime after the release of "Peach Fuzz" but before Mr. Hood. This 2 minutes might be the most you'll ever hear from Onyx the Birthstone Kid outside of a KMD album, and yes that is the future MF unmasked and sporting a nose ring, but don't get excited- his features have been so grizzled by time that a modern-day identification would be impossible.

2. Oct. 1991 - Zev Love X is interviewed about KMD and the recently released Mr. Hood by Hip Hop Connection Magazine

3. June 1994 - In a feature written before the album was shelved but published afterwards, Zev speaks on Subroc's death and the (soon-to-be-aborted) release of Black Bastards with The Source. In the same issue, Jon Shecter writes a piece about the "Corporate Hysteria" surrounding the release cancellation and gets some words from a pissed-off Zev (get out your reading glasses or zoom in for that one)

4. Jan. 1998 - Pre-Doomsday interview with Ego Trip. First(?) with new, improved MF DOOM persona

5. Dec. 1999 - Right around the release of Operation: Doomsday, MF speaks with Life Sucks Die Magazine

6. Oct. 2000 - MF talks with UKHH.com about the upcoming, long-delayed release of Black Bastards

7. Feb. 2001 - Hip-Hop Worldwide interviews MF about Operation:Doomsday, the newly minted Metalface Records, and the potential for a MIC album

8. Feb. 2001 - Urban Smarts seems confused by the new persona, asks mainly about KMD

9. April 2001 (+ Part II) - Allhiphop.com interviews MF bout KMD, MF Grimm, "Tick, Tick...", Subroc and more

10. June 2001 - Review/recap from NY Press, with some interesting interview tidbits thrown in

11. April 2002 - MV Remix asks about weed, Grimm, Vik Vaughn speculations, and the first inklings of online piracy/leaking

12. June 2003 - King Geedorah gets interviewed about Take Me To Your Leader by Prefix

13. July 2003 - The Pheonix New Times goes over Take Me To Your Leader, Vaudeville Villain, and MF speaks on his process as a creator. MF makes the interviewer hang up and call back to talk to Viktor Vaughn

14. Aug. 2003 - Urban Smarts gets more in-depth this time around, talks about his mythology, beefs, process

15. Oct. 2003 - DOOM on NPR. Audio interview following the success of Vaudeville Villain, 8 min.

16. Oct. 2003 - Interview/recap of his recent releases by Exclaim.ca, in anticipation for FOOD/Madvillain

17. Jan. 2004 - XLR8R discusses DOOM's various identities and the villain teases a (still mysterious) KMD comeback album entitled "Mentally Ill" (scroll to PG. 48)

18. Feb. 2004 - Madvillain interviewed for Wax Poetics #8 by Egon (via ST.com)

19. Mar. 2004 - Madvillain covered/interviewed for SF Weekly (via ST.com)

20. Apr. 2004 - Madvillain is glowingly and artfully profiled by The New Yorker, the biggest press either man had received to date, further extending the reach of DOOM's evil empire (via ST.com)

21. May 2004 - Nice and long pre-MM..FOOD interview with No Ripcord

22. June 2004 - Jockey Slut (UK mag) asks MF about his influences and mythology

23. June 2004 - "Confessions of a Mask" MV interview with Hip Hop Connection (via ST.com)

24. Aug. 2004 - Video interview filmed for Canada's MuchMusic, featuring Egon interviewing Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib & DOOM digging for records in Toronto during the MV/Jaylib tour

25. Nov. 2004 - In Oakland-based East Bay Express DOOM muses on his alter-egos' personalities, the ongoing nature of Operation: Doomsday ("the rebuilding of hip-hop culture"), ominously admits to being in the crib talking to our seeds

26. Dec. 2004 - "Imminent Doom" Spin Magazine gets personal with DOOM as he puts the finishing touches on MM..FOOD in Atlanta (there's even a quote from his wife, Jasmine!)

27. Mar. 2005 - "Mask of Sorrow" (excerpt of a) Wired cover story on the villain's prolific rise to power (via ST.com)

28. Mar. 2005 - An older interview in Impose Magazine, from in between the releases of Vaudeville Villain and Madvillainy, posted online after MV came out. Got some nice, long answers from MF

29. Sept. 2005 - "Behind the Mask of a Villain PT I", the first part of a fun and eclectic 3-part interview for Loosie.com focussing on Dangerdoom and a bunch of funny, random stuff

30. Oct. 2005 - BBC Collective covers Dangerdoom, grabs a few quotes

31. Oct. 2005 - "Behind the Mask of a Villain PT II" (see above) MF DOOM on Dr. Zizmor, the forthcoming LP with Ghostface and Noam Chomsky-style guerrilla marketing

32. Oct. 2005 - Dangermouse and MF DOOM interviewed together by Epitaph.com

33. Oct. 2005 - The infamous Mass Appeal interview with Ghostface/DOOM about their "upcoming" release, origin of 25 million tears of frustration

34. Nov. 2005 - "Behind the Mask of a Villain PT III" (see above) MF DOOM explains why he doesn't need no hooks

35. July 2006 - MF talks with UKHH about July 4th and his new/upcoming projects in the Occult Hymn-era

36. Aug. 2007 - Not a DOOM interview, the first instance of fan outcry. A San Franciscan who attended a DOOM show at local venue The Independent was so outraged by what he determined to be a lightweight lip-synching body-double, he took to the internet. Whether it was baseless slander or justified indignity may never be known, but such was his fury that he wrote to DOOM's labels, various music websites, and plastered his story on any forum that would listen, kicking off the controversial DOOMpostor saga

37. Aug. 2007 - The Village Voice discusses the DOOMpostor phenomenon as it is just ramping up, and reprints a hilarious letter sent from DOOM to the readers of Elemental Magazine after sending Big Benn Klingon to do a photo shoot wearing the mask in 2005, in what might be the first instance of an impostor. He allegedly did the same thing to Scratch magazine that year

38. Sept. 2007 - Not a DOOM interview either (2007 was a dry-spell), Billboard reports on Stones Throw defending DOOM's rep in the light of the first DOOMpostor rumors

39. Dec. 2007 - Archived audio interview (probably from mid-late 2000), a stoned-sounding DOOM gets questioned by Elliott Wilson for 4080 Magazine, covers the KMD stuff in light of the recently released Black Bastards

40. Nov. 2008 - DOOM talks with Wax Poetics (issue 31) in anticipation of his upcoming, as-of-yet untitled new album (Born Like This), denies allegations of DOOMpostors (sort of)

41. Dec. 2008 - Villain.

42. Mar. 2009 - "Everything we do is villain style." DOOM talks with Rolling Stone about the recently christened Born Like This, finally fesses up to DOOMpostors (but does not apologize)

43. Mar. 2009 - Interview in the Village Voice about Born Like This and his metallic sense of humor

44. Mar. 2009 - Clash catches up with DOOM with a few Q&A's, including his thoughts on using Dilla's material for the new album

45. Mar. 2009 - Creative Loafing Atlanta is escorted to DOOM's enclave and checks in about Born Like This, apparently back when "Batty Boys" was called "Costume Foolery"

46. April 2009 - In the wake of Born Like This, DOOM talks to XXL in a feature interview, claims to be writing a series of children's books and a book on Unified Field Theory

47. April 2009 - "DOOM: Shadows on the Sun" HipHop DX manages to pull out one of my favorite interviews with the man. Lengthy and in-depth stuff. The villain claims the sequel to Madvillainy is 2 months from completion.

48. April 2009 - thestoolpigeon.co.uk discusses his career and his creative process after Born Like This

49. May 2009 - "Impending DOOM" URB chats with DOOM about Born Like This and more, he explains "Angelz", claims DOOMSTARKS is pretty much done

50. Aug. 2009 - Archived VIDEO interview (probably from summer 2006) from the pilot of an internet show called "The Liberator Show", with footage culled from a local-TV show produced in Santa Barbara by T Stone. Seems like it was recorded right after the All Caps video came out, DOOM hits on highlights from his career up to that point. Always interesting to actually see the villain man interviewed live. 5.5 min

51. Sep. 2009 -The New Yorker profiles DOOM (via ST.com). Only an excerpt, but I remember picking this up and the full-length was a great read. DOOM reflects on the recently released Born Like This and discusses a new Madvillain track featuring a 911 call about a certain very disturbed chimp. If you happen to have a New Yorker subscription check it out online, otherwise find a highbrow hoarder cause it's a good one

52. Jan. 2010 - Toronto's Eye Weekly profiles the villain, including a separate email interview with cryptic answers to questions sent in by readers (transcript found here)

53. Nov. 2011 - VIDEO. Red Bull Lecture in Madrid. When it's not amazing it's at times frustratingly repetitive of the previous interviews, but still remains the most lengthy interview from DOOM to date and is worth the watch for that alone. Chairman Mao spins DOOM cuts spanning his whole career as MF nods along, and asks chronological questions in between. If you feel like reading instead, here's the TRANSCRIPT

54. May 2012 - Photo of the article's as good as it seems to get with this one. Q Magazine finally picks up the DOOM story for us and explains the strange silence from the man: He's been deported! DOOM discusses life in the UK and the upcoming Key to the Kuffs, claims to be "done with the United States."

55. Aug. 2012 - DOOM speaks with The Guardian about Key to the Kuffs and what the DOOM character's thinking these days

56. Aug. 2012 - SPIN gets some DOOM quotes on London living, his upbringing, and a pool party at Nas's house

57. Aug. 2012 - Factmag speaks with the man about KTTK, skits, and more

58. Aug. 2012 - Respect claims an "exclusive" feature, but really it's just another riff on all the other KTTK-era promotional interviews.

59. Sep. 2012 - The trend continues with this brief interview by Alex Denny in London. DOOM does however angrily threaten to unleash his robots upon the UK and EU.

60. Sep. 2012 - HipHopDX catches up with DOOM again, refreshingly discusses things other than Key to the Kuffs (like what a great freestyler Nas is and more promises of an imminent new Madvillain record)

61. Sep. 2012 - AUDIO. DOOM invades BBC 1XTRA with Benji B for another one of my personal favorite MF interviews, Benji as usual brings out an on-point, thoughtful DOOM. 30 min

62. Sep. 2012 - Time Out London conducts a short but sweet interview with the villain

63. Oct. 2012 - VIDEO interview sponsored by adidas (for some reason), featuring DOOM getting back in touch with his graffiti roots around London, buying paint and putting up a few tags

64. Dec. 2012 - Bonafide Magazine does a spread on DOOM, misspells Richard Pryor's name

65. Mar. 2012 - Intersection Magazine has got DOOM reviewing RC cars, and apparently an interview (excerpt via ST.com). I ain't ever read it, can't seem to find it anywhere, if anyone finds a transcript hit me with it

66. Apr. 2013 - Archived interview from FRANK151 (probably from '99), discussing imminent DOOMsday, the difference between producing, MCing, and DJing, and the origins of the name Zev Love X. For those who haven't, you've gotta buy the DOOM/Frank book (Chapter 48) on ebay or somethin' for access to that 2012 interview and all the other great stuff in there

67. Apr. 2013 - A chance-encounter interview at a hotel bar by Mpho Moshe Matheolane for South Africa's Mail & Guardian, during the Cape Town Jazz Festival, where the villain appeared as Robert Glasper's special guest.

68. Oct. 2013 - XXL gets DOOM to give some disappointingly brief anecdotes about his "10 best verses" (clearly chosen by XXL rather than the man himself)

69. Feb. 2014 - (VIDEO) DOOM and Bishop Nehru are interviewed by XXL regarding their upcoming project NehruvianDOOM (at this point just an EP), DOOM hypes us up for an "informative piece", praises Nehru as a young master. 3.2 min

Jesus I was expecting there to be less, from what I remembered. Anyway hope you guys enjoy and use this as a resource. Maybe I'll do one for Madlib next if there's any demand for it.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 10:31 PM

Awesome post. I think it's a good idea to backup all of this somewhere so it's not lost forever, I might get around to doing that soon. Hopefully others will as well.

Thanks for the effort!

edit: derp, looks like that 50webs fan page thing is kind of accomplishing that backup goal a bit. Still think I'll do my own backup of stuff just in case though lol

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:02 AM

Cools. Thank you.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:23 AM

Looks like Swamp is positioning himself to win the 'Best Researched Post Award' at this year's Stoner Awards.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:18 PM

This is so good. ST should add this as an appendix to the DOOM discography. Great work.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 06:25 PM

damn, like two years ago i wrote a 22 page (double-spaced) guide to Doom for my hip hop history class. i got an A and used a fair amount of these interviews actually but it took me months actually to find all of them and put them in one place. this would've been killer and i hope people make good use of this. thanks

which one of these is the one where the interviewer said Doom made him call back and ask for Viktor when he wanted to talk about Vaudeville? i remember it being a good one but don't feel like cycling through all of them right now

#39 is a great great great interview. Noz is (maybe) the best dude writing about hip hop currently

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 07:47 PM

View PostFake Krills, on 20 November 2013 - 06:25 PM, said:

which one of these is the one where the interviewer said Doom made him call back and ask for Viktor when he wanted to talk about Vaudeville?

#12 the Pheonix New Times

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 03:37 AM

Thanks for taking the time to to this! It's dope.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 06:31 AM

View PostFake Krills, on 20 November 2013 - 06:25 PM, said:

damn, like two years ago i wrote a 22 page (double-spaced) guide to Doom for my hip hop history class.

This must be worth reading!

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:08 PM

nice

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:58 PM

View PostYvon, on 21 November 2013 - 06:31 AM, said:

This must be worth reading!

maybe ill go and update it soon and post it somewhere
i know more now then i did when i wrote it, but i got 100% on it and ended up getting in A in a decently tough class
probably my favorite thing ive ever done for school

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 03:21 AM

I really dig this article, it's not about DOOM per se but does refer to him in the context of black entertainment and especially comedy (no spelling Richard Pryor's [R.I.P.] name wrong here):

http://www.tate.org....-butt-and-smile

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 07:29 AM

View PostFake Krills, on 21 November 2013 - 05:58 PM, said:

maybe ill go and update it soon and post it somewhere
i know more now then i did when i wrote it, but i got 100% on it and ended up getting in A in a decently tough class
probably my favorite thing ive ever done for school

what class let you do that as an assignment?

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 08:48 AM

View Postnervous, on 22 November 2013 - 03:21 AM, said:

I really dig this article, it's not about DOOM per se but does refer to him in the context of black entertainment and especially comedy (no spelling Richard Pryor's [R.I.P.] name wrong here):

http://www.tate.org....-butt-and-smile

I really enjoyed this article and the bits about DOOM were on point. We as DOOM fans are the joke. We cannot escape fate.

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:56 AM

View Postnervous, on 22 November 2013 - 03:21 AM, said:

I really dig this article, it's not about DOOM per se but does refer to him in the context of black entertainment and especially comedy (no spelling Richard Pryor's [R.I.P.] name wrong here):

http://www.tate.org....-butt-and-smile

Great read, thanks for sharing

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 06:49 PM

View PostJames Frank., on 22 November 2013 - 07:29 AM, said:

what class let you do that as an assignment?

it was a Music 300 class and the selected topic was hip hop history, it was really awesome we'd spend full classes watching music videos. one option of the final was an open paper, and i asked her how much she knew about doom, which was little, and i made her a guide to his many personas and career along with a playlist of about 30-40 songs that tracked all his projects.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:36 PM

nice work Swampthing, thanks for posting this

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 10:43 AM

View PostHectorious, on 03 December 2013 - 09:36 PM, said:

nice work Swampthing, thanks for posting this


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:06 PM

Just bumping this to alert anybody who hasn't seen it to the newly added #1 entry, a video interview with KMD from 1990! Clip comes courtesy of Dee Barnes and will bring a grin to any fan's face or your money back.





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