Rapper Daniel Dumile's MF Doom moniker is a nod to Marvel Comics villain Dr. Doom, and when he is alone, he admits, he pretends he is talking to cartoons.
Rapper Daniel Dumile's MF Doom moniker is a nod to Marvel Comics villain Dr. Doom, and when he is alone, he admits, he pretends he is talking to cartoons. So when friend and producer Danger Mouse -- of Beatles/Jay-Z Internet mash-up "The Grey Album" fame -- pitched an album centered around Cartoon Network characters, MF Doom could not resist. He also did not think it would happen.
The cable channel was once Danger Mouse's main source of income. Before he was producing albums for Gorillaz and Cee-Lo, he was writing music for Toonami, the network's block of anime cartoons.
"He has these ideas that are all ill," MF Doom says. "I'm always like, 'How can you pull that off?' He told me about 'The Grey Album' while he was doing it, and I was like, 'Uh-huh, we'll see.' I have a lot of respect for that dude's planning."
What the pair eventually created is "The Mouse and the Mask," due this week via Epitaph under the moniker Danger Doom. Danger Mouse provides beats colored with bachelor pad soul, and such "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" characters as Master Shake and Meatwad guest on songs. On "Space Ho's," the track that most overtly references Adult Swim, MF Doom challenges Space Ghost for his talk-show throne.
MF Doom concedes the record is out of step with much of mainstream hip-hop, and the cartoon theme may not be for everyone. "The violence style of hip-hop may be popular, but you need a break," he says. "If you don't want to watch a [Sylvester] Stallone movie, you can watch some Steve Martin. I'm more like those dudes. I'm bringing Chevy Chase to the rap game."
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