Ta Nehisi-Coates' short profile of MF Doom, published in The New Yorker in 2009, finds the rapper describing his writing process:
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"When I'm doing a Doom record, I'm arranging it, I'm finding the voices. . . . All I have to do is listen to it and think, Oh shit, that will be funny. I write down whatever would be funny, and get as many 'whatever would' funnies in a row and find a way to make them all fit. There's a certain science to it. In a relatively small period of time, you want it to be, That's funny, that's funny, that's funny, that's funny. I liken it to comedy standup."
Almost exactly five years since that profile was published, Doom's stylistics have seeped into every creak and crevasse of modern-day independent rap, his wild internal rhyme schemes and topical schizophrenia visible in the rhymes of everyone from the Left Coast's Earl Sweatshirt to NYC's own Joey Bada$$. But one thing that sometimes seems as if it's been lost in translation, at least judging by some of this year's best independent rap projects is that sense of rap as a comedic art form.More »