Lots of rumours out there about my boy MF Doom. And I doubt he'd want it any other way.
After Doom allegedly sent in an impostor to play his show in San Fran in August and subsequently canceled the rest of his tour he was scheduled to play the New York-Tokyo Music Festival on 22 September.
The masked sadist never showed, of course, and it was announced that Doom canceled “because he’s in the hospital fighting or his life.”
Rakim played a short set in his place and even apparently offered a “moment of silence” for Doom.
But one of Doom’s labels, Stones Throw, issued a statement denying those rumors last week. It read, in part:
"Every day for the past month we’ve been hit up by people wanting explanations, statements, clarifications, and declarations about MF DOOM. Is he lip syncing? (No. Listen to the videos on Youtube.) Is he an impostor? (No, but he did lose some pounds.) Is he in the hospital? (No, he’s in his studio… or if not there, you can find him in the pub with the grub stain.)"Reached at his home in Georgia, an alive and well MF DOOM issued this statement: “What up? I’m dead.”
Devin Horwitz, a close friend of Doom’s and president of Nature Sounds, another of the rapper’s labels, says “Doom was sick but it was nothing life threatening. He wasn’t feeling well before, but he’s fine now, and fans don’t need to be concerned.”
Horwitz says he hasn’t spoken with him specifically regarding the New York-Tokyo Music Festival or the San Fran show, but adds that he seriously doubts Doom ever used an impostor or lip-synced.
The Stones Throw link is now dead, which is perhaps not surprising, as it raises more questions that it answers. First of all, YouTube videos like this one (check out the 1:20 mark) are more incriminating than exonerating.
Second, why deny the existence of an impostor, without explaining what happened at the gig?
And third, if Doom’s so healthy he’s cavorting at pubs, why does he keep missing shows?
Maybe this is the craziest publicity stunt Doom has pulled. Maybe he’s actually been dead for six weeks. Fuck, Doom, what up?