Thursday, June 20, 2013

RE-INVENTING THE METAL-FACED VILLAIN: JJ DOOM - "BOOKHEAD" (Steve Powers)




I read some fragments from a partially disjointed Noisey interview with Jeff Broadway and Peanut Butter Wolf, the director of forthcoming documentary "Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records" and the Indie Hip-Hop label's co-founder the other day. One particularly interesting [tid]bit dealt with the film's star-studded interview section; when the interviewer said, "Kanye must've been a hard get," Broadway quickly responded, "Actually, as far as who took the most convincing, that'd be DOOM." Yep, 1/2 of MADVILLAIN, the walking enigma formerly known as MF DOOM was hard to track down - Go figure! ha Preceded by a behind-the-scenes making-the-video segment the other day, Noisey UK (DOOM currently resides in South London) released the Steve "ESPO" Powers-directed "BOOKHEAD" clip late Wednesday afternoon.


Lex Records must really have DOOM in a tight nut-hold, cause they're already re-releasing Keys to The Kuffs (Butter Edition) on July 8th... Long before DOOM's storied/shelved work with everyone from Ghostface Killah to Thom Yorke! Falling terribly behind on Lex Records' packaged album artwork/re-designed mask deadline, ESPO honorably forfeited the last 25% of his pay, soldiered forward with the creation of a new DOOM mask, and eventually linked back up with the label for "BOOKHEAD." Where he's basically designed a corner store security system meets 2-way mirror "mask," which may or may not remain DOOM's permanent new face-plate. Butter Edition features a gaggle of old and new cuts from the Jneiro Jarel-produced Keys to The Kuffs sessions, including [unreleased] "RETARDED FREN," "BOOKHEAD," and "VIBERIAN SON" with Del The Funky Homosapien (Deltron 3030). Lex Records managed to wrangle up Beck, Clams Casion, Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood, and Dave Sitek for special remixes, which will be available in either digital, double disc, or triple 12" vinyl editions come July 8th.

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