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Dangerdoom – The Mouse and The Mask is a collaboration between legendary rapper MF Doom and the elusive producer Danger Mouse which was released about four months ago. Somehow none of these songs ended up on my Best of 2005 list , which is unfortunate, because its a pretty amazing album.
The album is littered with voices from Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Space Ghost but the real draw here is the pairing of Doom and Dangermouse. MF Doom’s raps are as bizarre as they are brilliant. Lines like “Hey yo, I know this dude right, Karl, he wore tight blue sweats but wasn’t glued too tight, All he had upstairs was a crude light, You think that’s weird he lived next door to a food fight.”. Musically, Dangermouse’s Technicolour productions are a great foundation for the cartoon characters and MF Doom’s clever wordplay.
So, after listening to this every day for the last week or so, and thanks to my mate Mike’s insistence on MF Doom’s brilliance, I turned to wikipedia to learn more about this mad hoor and found a great biography on Doom. I’m amazed at the number of persona’s he’s taken on – Zev Love X, Metal Fingers, King Geedorah and Viktor Vaughn. It appears MF (stands for Metal Face) Doom like his themes with many of the samples on his albums taken from cartoons and old movies to produce a theme like he did on Mmm… Food (An album about Food).
I’m particularly interested in King Geedorah which is supposedly Doom as a giant three-headed lizard from outer space.
This whole album is Geedorah’s alien perspective on humans,” Doom explains. “This is done intentionally to show the listener a mirror image of his/herself and the way we see each other. On the album we cover different subjects ranging from race issues to the neglect of children. Some might find the word “Nigger” offensive, or the line about the young girl not being able to read maybe considered a “bad taste” joke. All these insecurities are within us.”