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 dropped. This 2 minutes might be the most you'll ever hear from Onyx the Birthstone Kid outside of a KMD album.
2. Oct. 1991 - Zev Love X is interviewed about KMD and the recently released Mr. Hood by Hip Hop Connection Magazine
3. 1994 - Zev Love X talks with 4080 about Black Bastards, drinks a 40, smokes a cig and rolls a blunt while revealing stories behind tracks like Contact Blitt in this short interview
4. 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)
5. Jan. 1998 - Pre-Doomsday interview with Ego Trip. First(?) with new, improved MF DOOM persona
6. Dec. 1999 - Right around the release of Operation: Doomsday, MF speaks with Life Sucks Die Magazine
7. Oct. 2000 - MF talks with UKHH.com about the upcoming, long-delayed release of Black Bastards
8. Feb. 2001 - Hip-Hop Worldwide interviews MF about Operation:Doomsday, the newly minted Metalface Records, and the potential for a MIC album
9. Feb. 2001 - Urban Smarts seems confused by the new persona, asks mainly about KMD
10. April 2001 (+ Part II) - Allhiphop.com interviews MF bout KMD, MF Grimm, "Tick, Tick...", Subroc and more
11. June 2001 - Review/recap from NY Press, with some interesting interview tidbits thrown in
12. April 2002 - MV Remix asks about weed, Grimm, Vik Vaughn speculations, and the first inklings of online piracy/leaking
13. June 2003 - King Geedorah gets interviewed about Take Me To Your Leader by Prefix
14. 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
15. Aug. 2003 - Urban Smarts gets more in-depth this time around, talks about his mythology, beefs, process
16. Oct. 2003 - DOOM on NPR. Audio interview following the success of Vaudeville Villain, 8 min.
17. Oct. 2003 - Interview/recap of his recent releases by Exclaim.ca, in anticipation for FOOD/Madvillain
18. 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)
19. Feb. 2004 - Madvillain interviewed for Wax Poetics #8 by Egon (via ST.com)
20. Mar. 2004 - Madvillain covered/interviewed for SF Weekly (via ST.com)
21. 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)
22. May 2004 - Nice and long pre-MM..FOOD interview with No Ripcord
23. June 2004 - Jockey Slut (UK mag) asks MF about his influences and mythology
24. June 2004 - "Confessions of a Mask" MV interview with Hip Hop Connection (via ST.com)
25. 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
26. 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
27. 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!)
28. Mar. 2005 - "Mask of Sorrow" (excerpt of a) Wired cover story on the villain's prolific rise to power (via ST.com)
29. 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
30. 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
31. Oct. 2005 - BBC Collective covers Dangerdoom, grabs a few quotes
32. 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
33. Oct. 2005 - Dangermouse and MF DOOM interviewed together by Epitaph.com
34. Oct. 2005 - The infamous Mass Appeal interview with Ghostface/DOOM about their "upcoming" release, origin of 25 million tears of frustration
35. Nov. 2005 - "Behind the Mask of a Villain PT III" (see above) MF DOOM explains why he doesn't need no hooks
36. July 2006 - MF talks with UKHH about July 4th and his new/upcoming projects in the Occult Hymn-era
37. 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
38. 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
39. 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
40. 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. EDIT: this might be the very interview that spawned the article written by Elliot Wilson (#3), but the quotes are all different...
41. 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)
42. Dec. 2008 - Villain.
43. 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)
44. Mar. 2009 - Interview in the Village Voice about Born Like This and his metallic sense of humor
45. 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
46. 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"
47. 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
48. 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.
49. April 2009 - thestoolpigeon.co.uk discusses his career and his creative process after Born Like This
50. May 2009 - "Impending DOOM" URB chats with DOOM about Born Like This and more, he explains "Angelz", claims DOOMSTARKS is pretty much done
51. 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
52. 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
53. 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)
54. 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
55. 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."
56. Aug. 2012 - DOOM speaks with The Guardian about Key to the Kuffs and what the DOOM character's thinking these days
57. Aug. 2012 - SPIN gets some DOOM quotes on London living, his upbringing, and a pool party at Nas's house
58. Aug. 2012 - Factmag speaks with the man about KTTK, skits, and more
59. Aug. 2012 - Respect claims an "exclusive" feature, but really it's just another riff on all the other KTTK-era promotional interviews.
60. 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.
61. 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)
62. 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
63. Sep. 2012 - Time Out London conducts a short but sweet interview with the villain
64. 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
65. Dec. 2012 - Bonafide Magazine does a spread on DOOM, misspells Richard Pryor's name
66. 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
67. 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
68. 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.
69. 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)
70. Feb. 2014 - (VIDEO) DOOM and Bishop Nehru are interviewed by XXL regarding their upcoming project NehruvianDOOM, DOOM hypes us up for an "informative piece", praises Nehru as a young master. 3.2 min
71. Mar. 2014 Crack Magazine does a retrospective/interview in anticipation of NehruvianDOOM. "Verifying rumours of eccentricity, his camouflage bucket hat appears to have artificial leaves attached to it."
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.