interview by lama
do you take it when people consider you a comeback artist?
If people see it like
that Iím flattered. But to me though if the Doom project
is a success, thatís all good. I just do it. I did it
with intentions of it (MF Doom album) doing well. I
predicted it would bring me back on the map. I donít
consider it a comeback, more like a continuation.
not come back as KMD which would have been a more recognizable
name? Whatís the distinction between KMD and MF Doom?
Two reasons. One reason
being I always wanted to do solo project and have it
stand on its own. So, in order to differentiate it,
I wanted to throw a different title. Make it as different
as possible from the KMD stuff. You wouldnít think it
would have anything to do with KMD on purpose to get
a good even response from the audience so that the response
is to this project and people not buying it because
it was KMD . But also, people, my friends and everything
called me Doom before KMD existed.
spoke with Kurious a few weeks back, and I asked him
what he thought of those house music producers who are
going by your old crew name The Constipated Monkeys.
Until he cleared it up, I wasnít sure if it was you
guys or not.
For real? Thatís bugged
out I, didní t know nothing about that. Constipated
Monkeys was around before we dong music. It was a crew
from uptown. But, its widespread graf artists, emcees,
entrepreneurs, everything. Everyone grew up with a strong
will to complete what they set out to do . Thereís people
who play ball, people who rhyme, people on the other
side, the business of hip-hop like my man D.J. Fisher
whoís strictly on the business. We took a little hiatus.
there any plan to revive the crew? Any plan for a new
No question. There is
another KMD project in the works. Any time I work with
Jorge, itís a CM (Constipated Monkeys) thing. I produced
the new single he got coming out on Rawkus.
about your relationship with 3rd Bass? Word is they
Itís as good a time.
Good for fans to get another chance to hear their music.
For me its like whateverís clever, Iíll work with them
whatís up with Day by Day Entertainment?
Day by Day was started
by MF Grimm, more of a management company. They take
care of a lot of the technical stuff.
it seems like you guys have everything on point. The
underground already agrees that the MF Doom album is
a classic. Fans finally saw KMDís "Black Bastard"
see release six years after it was supposed to come
out, and its still a classic. Why did you guys wait
so long to make your re-entry?
I would have did it
whether I had a deal or not. Really, after the whole
KMD thing, after we left Elektra, I was trying to keep
a balance between my personal life, and keep a high
quality standard. And, working with the budgets I was
working with, thatís just how long it took. We didní
t have the financial backing, so it took more time.
If I tried to rush it, it wouldnít be as good as it
was Iím happy with the way the Doom said . Bob really
believed in the project he really liked it and asked
if he could put it out. He loved it.
your take on hip-hop today? Things have changed dramatically
since the first KMD album, and already people are classifying
eras in hip-hop, and some may even consider you old
The way I see it with
labeling those eras, I think itís a bit too early for
that. I listen to some jazz shit now from the 60s and
its still just jazz. Itís the same thing with hip-hop.
I hear a lot of shit being categorized as hip-hop and
the mainstream labeling it as hip-hop, but its not really.
Hip hop is a way of life and a frame of mind. Once money
got into the game all this corporate shit, and how you
can make a million dollars real quick, clones of hip-hop
started coming out. I call that rap music. There is
a definite difference between hip-hop and rap now. They
got a lot of shit out that you can tell the difference
by the feeling. So it doesnít make sense to draw the
line between old and new school, but between hip-hop
one of the first crews to really inject spirituality
into hip-hop, at a time when various forms of Islam
were prevalent in hip-hop culture, the focus in your
music seems to have shifted. Whatís your take on that?
As far as influence
of Islam in music or period, we were growing up like
in í92 when everything was ill. It started back in the
60s when people educated us to let us know the strengths
that we had as the original men. I canít see it any
other way. It's part of our history, so of course it's
going to influence us, and during the time we were doing
that album (KMDís "Mr. Hood") is when we were
absorbing all of that. As far as "Black Bastards"
we said, you touch on one topic and the next album is
another topic. I wouldnít want to bore the public with
the same shit. Every human being has different aspects,
different sides. We tried to show the growing.
Thereís a lot of bullshit going on. It definitely does
help when you know how much your worth. All that other
shit is crazy. Why we blasting each other we need to
know the value of each other as people and knowledge
of self brings that out. Especially with young brothers
they have to realize they have potential. And see how
the world sees them. Music was getting that out. Now
itís not happening because companies donít think they
can sell records with that message.
If youíre looking for knowledge of self you can still
find it. You got Common, Scienz of Life, Dead Prez.
But, we could use more of it. I speak for myself. I
closed my chapter I did my set already with that. I
probably get it across in another way but to incorporate
it in music, but as far as I see it thereís a lot of
ways it can be counterproductive. Because the media
can twist your shit around its like your walking on
eggshells. So, I like to separate my music from my personal
stand on anything that has to do with religion or anything
like that. KMD is more of a forum for that. The Doom
shit is more like to rock the house.
know youíve blessed us twice this year, but when can
we expect more?
Iím gonna keep it coming.
I got a single coming out in early August off the next
Doom album called ďImpostorĒ on Brick Records. And another
Monsta Island single is coming out.