My Favorite’s of All Time #18: MF DOOM’s ‘MM…FOOD’

I feel like MF DOOM is one of those rappers that if you listen to rap at some point you end up listening to his music. He is the quintessential “your rapper’s favorite rapper.” It’s kind of hard to go through your journey of listening to rap or hip-hop and not run into pieces of DOOM at some point. I don’t remember exactly when I was introduced to DOOM’s music; I want to say it was during the time where I was listening to Odd Future very heavily. Earl Sweatshirt did a song with Captain Murphy/Flying Lotus (“Between Villians“), DOOM – well Viktor Vaughn, and Thundercat. I loved that song a lot, and I think that was my first introduction to DOOM. And then from that point on, I became more curious about listening to DOOM’s music. Like I said, it’s hard to be the hip-hop or rap fan and not have DOOM’s name pop up at some point. I figured that if I was constantly hearing about how enigmatic and sharp and special DOOM was, I wanted to be able to experience that for myself. It’s so I started taking a small field trip through DOOM’s music, I ended up finding his album MMFOOD (2004).

Informer, keep it up and get tested
Pop through your bubble vest or double-breasted
He keep a lab down south in the little beast
So much heat you woulda thought it was the Middle East
A little grease always keeps the wheels a-spinning
Like sitting on twenty threes to get the squealers grinning
Hitting on many trees, feel real linen
Spitting on enemies, get the steel for tin men
Where no brains but gum flap
He said his gun clap, then he fled after one slap
Son, shut your trap, save it for the bitches
Mmm, delicious, rapp snitch knishes

True, there’s rules to this shit, fools dare care
Everybody wanna rule the world with tears for fear
Yeah, yeah, tell ’em tell it on the mountain hill
Running up they mouth bill, everybody doubting still

And it quickly became one of my favorite projects. I think that it really shows the best of DOOM. His bars on each track are heavy-hitting, creative, and witty. He is a master of wordplay. And on this particular project, his use of food analogies to make commentary on a bunch of different social issues and rap culture issues is super impressive. I feel like every time I listen to him rap on MM..FOOD, I hear something new. And then the production on the project is flawless. I’ve been introduced to so many amazing songs through the samples on this project. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker. And there are a bunch of other songs samples from MM…FOOD that have made it to my Spotify Liked Tracks. His production isn’t bold – I think of someone like Kanye as having very bold and heavy and overwhelming production (overwhelming in the best way). DOOM is someone that I would categorize as being able to do a lot with the little bit. It’s clear that he – and the folks he works with – takes his time with production but the production still feels easy to reach. While still being very much experimental. He’s not afraid of mixing different genres and different sounds to produce something that is uniquely DOOM.

There are a couple of tracks on here that I love a lot. “Hoe Cakes” is one that I could listen to over and over and over again. There is a beatcapella version of the song on YouTube that I’m in love with.I also love “Rapp Snitch Knishes” – I think everyone loves “Rapp Snitch Knishes” LOL. “Deep Fried Frenz” is also a really good song. And “Gumbo.” It’s such a short song – it’s only a couple of seconds (49 lol) – but there’s just something about that song that I really like. And ever since I listened to the album for the first time, “Gumbo” was one that I always really enjoyed.

I haven’t had the opportunity to work my way through another entire DOOM project – I just kind of listen to the rest of his stuff in bits and pieces, though I have listened to most of Operation Doomsday (1999) – but I definitely would put MF DOOM on the list of my favorite rappers. I was so happy when I was able to finally get MM…FOOD on vinyl. I’ve listened to it at least 4 or 5 times is the past couple of weeks (I’m actually listening to it rn lol). It’s just such a ridiculously amazing album.

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