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From pioneer Marley Marl to the short career of J Dilla, Bomb Squad's sonic revolution and Dr Dre's complete domination of the West Coast, but also essential productions from DJ Premier, Prince Paul, RZA and Pete Rock, this playlist takes us to the studios of the hip-hop legends from the last thirty years.See more
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R. Temperton, Composer - Rodney Temperton, Writer - Antonio Hardy, Composer, Lyricist, Writer - Marley Marl, Producer - Big Daddy Kane, Rapper Vocals, MainArtist
© 1988 Cold Chillin' Records/Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1988 Warner Records Inc.
Marley Marl, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - William Griffin, ComposerLyricist - Eric Barrier, ComposerLyricist - Eric B. & Rakim, Producer, MainArtist - Elai Tubo, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Patrick Peter Adams, Engineer, StudioPersonnel
℗ 1986 The Island Def Jam Music Group
Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Eric Sadler, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - George Clinton, ComposerLyricist - Hank Shocklee, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Benante, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Alan Spitz, ComposerLyricist - Joseph Bellardini, ComposerLyricist - Scott Ian Rosenfeld, ComposerLyricist - Frank Joseph Bello, ComposerLyricist - James Henry Boxley III, Producer - Carl Ryder, Producer
℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Keith Shocklee, ComposerLyricist - Eric Sadler, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - The Bomb Squad, Producer
℗ 1990 The Island Def Jam Music Group
Eric Sadler, ComposerLyricist - Ice Cube, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Sir Jinx, Producer, Co-Producer - The Bomb Squad, Producer
(C) 2001 Priority Records (USA), a division of Capitol Records IncThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1990 Priority Records Inc.
Prince Paul, Producer - Daddy "O", Remix - STETSASONIC, MainArtist - Fury, Performance - Marauder, Performance
© 2007 Tommy Boy Music ℗ 1988 Tommy Boy Records
Prince Paul, Producer - Aretha Franklin, ComposerLyricist - Ted White, ComposerLyricist - Paul E. Huston, ComposerLyricist - Peter J. Nash, ComposerLyricist - Michael Berrin, ComposerLyricist - 3rd Bass, Producer, MainArtist - D. Dumile, ComposerLyricist
℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.
V. Mason, Writer - De La Soul, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - P. HUSTON, Writer - K. Mercer, Writer - D. Jolicoeur, Writer
© 1992 Far Out Productions, Inc under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1989 Far Out Productions, Inc under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company
Scott Harding, Mixer - Mike D., Vocals - Prince Paul, Mixer - DAN THE AUTOMATOR, Mixer - Dan Nakamura, Violin, Writer - Handsome Boy Modeling School, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Paul Huston, Writer - Miho Hatori, Vocals - Nathanial Merryweather, DJ
© 1999 Tommy Boy Music ℗ 1999 Tommy Boy Music
Snoop Dogg, MainArtist
2001 DEATH ROW 2001 DEATH ROW
D. Copeland, ComposerLyricist - Andre R. Young, ComposerLyricist - B. Bailey, ComposerLyricist - Snoop Dogg, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard "Segal" Huredia, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mel-Man, Producer - Dr. Dre, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Devin The Dude, FeaturedArtist - Brian Bailey, ComposerLyricist - Cordozar Broadus, ComposerLyricist
℗ 1999 Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records
Andre R. Young, ComposerLyricist - Eminem, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard "Segal" Huredia, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Labi Siffre, ComposerLyricist - Dr. Dre, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel
℗ 1999 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Prince Rakeem, Producer - Prince Rakeem, Mixing Engineer - Prince Rakeem, Arranger - Prince Rakeem, Programmer - Wu-Tang Clan, Composer - Wu-Tang Clan, Lyricist - Wu-Tang Clan, Performer - Ethan Ryman, Engineer - 4th Disciple, Scratches
(P) 1993 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
The RZA, Producer, MixingEngineer - Ol' Dirty Bastard, Rapper Vocals, Writer, MainArtist, MixingEngineer - Dante Ross, ExecutiveProducer - Ghostface Killah, ExecutiveProducer - Tom Coyne, MasteringEngineer - JACK HERSCA, MixingEngineer - Oli Grant, ExecutiveProducer - RZA, Writer - Buddah Monk, MixingEngineer - Ethan Ryman, RecordingEngineer - Jay Nicholas, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Mitchell "Divine" Diggs, ExecutiveProducer
© 1995 Elektra Entertainment. ℗ 1995 Elektra Entertainment.
Carlos Bess, Mixing Engineer - The RZA, Producer - The RZA, Mixing Engineer - The RZA, Recording Engineer - Wu-Tang Clan, Composer - Wu-Tang Clan, Performer - Wu-Tang Clan, Lyricist - Scott Harding, Mixing Engineer - Roxanne, Background Vocal
(P) 1997 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Guru, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Gang Starr, Producer, MainArtist - Keith Elam, ComposerLyricist - DJ Premier, Producer - C Martin, ComposerLyricist
(C) 1999 Virgin Records America, Inc ℗ 1999 Virgin Records
Nas, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Nasir Jones, Composer, Lyricist - Christopher Martin, Composer, Lyricist - DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions, Producer - Eddie Sancho, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer
(P) 1994 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Maxwell Dixon, Composer - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Dj Pete Rock, Producer - Raoul Roach, Executive Producer - Peter Phillips, Composer - Mr. Dante Ross, Executive Producer
© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
James Yancey, Writer - Slum Village, MainArtist - Jay Dee, Composer
2009 Barak Entertainment 2009 Barak Records
Emandu Wilcox, ComposerLyricist - Romye Robinson, ComposerLyricist - J Dilla, D J, AssociatedPerformer - Trevant Hardson, ComposerLyricist - The Pharcyde, MainArtist - Derrick Stewart, ComposerLyricist - Jay Dee, Producer - James Yancy, ComposerLyricist
℗ 2007 The Bicycle Music Company
From pioneer Marley Marl to the short career of J Dilla, Bomb Squad's sonic revolution and Dr Dre's complete domination of the West Coast, but also essential productions from DJ Premier, Prince Paul, RZA and Pete Rock, this playlist takes us to the studios of the hip-hop legends from the last thirty years.
MF Doom, The Masked Man
by Damien Besançon
Daniel Dumile, alias MF DOOM, lived a thousand lives and his career was a succession of false starts and bright flashes. Before passing away on the 31st of October, 2020, Dumile had been a young virtuoso rapper welcomed with open arms by the music industry, then an outcast that sneaked back onto the scene through the back door after years of wandering (now masked), the 'go-to-guy' of independent rap during the 2000s and then some kind of Indie messiah as dubbed by Thom Yorke and Flying Lotus. Elusive, whimsical, a trickster and a money maker, DOOM rewrote the rules of rap music, rubbed people up the wrong way and paved the way for a whole generation of MCs.
Madlib and DOOM met up to record the album in the thick-walled bunker that the “Loop Digger” had transformed into a studio, they spent a few intense weeks together there before being separated again due to their other commitments (Madlib later refined most of the instrumental works in a Brazilian hotel room) and almost refused to finish the album when a first version was leaked online. Madvillainy contains some of the most spontaneous and magical tracks ever heard; the combined skills of Madlib (who sampled samurai movies and rare CDs he found in Brazil or elsewhere) and Doom (who fully established the off-beat as an art and played around with lyrical ideas like a painter does with his palette) gave birth to a record with infinite layers.
In the wake of Madvillainy, MF DOOM once again assumed the identity of Viktor Vaughn (Venomous Villain) and released the concept album Mm...Food which reused certain aspects of Operation: Doomsday, he then teamed-up with multi-instrumentalist and producer Danger Mouse – who broke through with The Grey Album and made up half of the Gnarls Barkley duo – with whom he released The Mouse and the Mask as Danger Doom, in 2005. This album included guest appearances from Ghostface Killah from the Wu-Tang Clan, Cee Lo Green and Talib Kweli. The album was produced in partnership with the cartoon channel Adult Swim and was MF DOOM’s first album to rank highly on the Billboard charts. As DOOM became more and more recognised and in demand, he featured on a track for the Gorillaz ’s album Demon Days and produced some material for Ghostface Killah. He got involved with the English label Lex Records on which he released the highly anticipated Born Like This in 2009. This came after a three-year hiatus surrounded by mystery and controversy, among which were some rumors that doppelgangers had been used in his place for live performances. DOOM went harder than ever on this album, and even if the rhymes were still complex and subtle, it was far from the creativity of Mm...Food or the cartoon spirit of Danger Doom. Born Like This – which owes its name to a poem by Bukowski, which was reused in part on Cellz – was quite a dark album and probably DOOM’s best record since Madvillainy, but its content can be disturbing if we think about the state of mind it reflects.
Gazzillion Ear, one of the hit songs from Born Like This, was remixed by no other than Thom Yorke, and thus DOOM performed his first concert outside of the states in London, in 2010. He was denied entry to the US when he returned (born in the UK, he never had American citizenship) so he decided to settle in England, where the elite of the Indie scene welcomed him like a legend. He worked alongside producer Jneiro Jarel for the album Keys to the Kuffs (as JJ DOOM) on which you’ll hear Damon Albarn or Beth Gibbons from Portishead, which says a lot about DOOM’s appeal. In the UK Doom rediscovered his sense of humour and played at being English through use of the local slang (Guv'nor).
After the JJ Doom venture, Dumile discreetly recorded with a multitude of artists such as Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt and Thundercat, BadBadNotGood, Ghostface Killah, young New York rapper Bishop Nehru and The Avalanches (Frankie Sinatra). DOOM worked on a particularly significant record (in terms of rap) with Czarface, a hip-hop group formed by Boston duo 7L & Esoteric and Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck. The record was a major influence on the younger generation of rappers – amongst whom were Joey Badass who had rapped over two Special Herbs instrumental pieces for his first mixtape, and Earl Sweatshirt. Now an icon from the golden age of independent hip-hop, Daniel Dumile has left his mark on three decades of rap through his innovations and his aura, as well as his mischief and his occasional absence. Almost thirty years after his verse on The Gas Face, it’s impossible to know what “the best rapper without a gold chain that we’ve ever heard” still has in store for us.
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