Sativa, Singles and Samples his three tracks
Light your favorite sativa and get out your turntable as we’re about to dive into three MF DOOM tracks that make for a bumpy session.
3. “THAT’S THAT” by BORN LIKE THIS (2009)
The beat of this song comes almost entirely from a piece by a Canadian music theater composer named Galt MacDermot. He uses the song “Princess Gika” as the basis for the beat in “THAT’S THAT,” but many of the other samples from DOOM’s Special Herbs beat collection contain excerpts from Galt MacDermot’s music.
However, this song is more than its example. It elevates the already amazing sample to something a lot more than before – it adds a lot of nuance and meaning. The harmony is above the average mid-2000s rap song, but it’s not as complex and you can’t delve into the groove like so many stoners are used to.
2. “Hey!” from Operation: Doomsday (1999)
The beat for this song is mostly based on the intro from the 1970s TV show Hanna Barbara Scooby-Doo. It’s mostly a collection of different parts from the intro, but everything comes together into a coherent whole.
Because of its samples, this song will create a deep sense of nostalgia for anyone who has watched Hanna Barbara or similar cartoons grow up. And what makes nostalgia better than weeds?
1. MF Doom Track “All Caps” by Madvillainy (2004)
This song is a bit more jazz-hop than a lot of other MF DOOM materials, largely thanks to the oh-so-smooth production by DOOM’s co-artist Madlib. Not only does Madlib create an amazing beat that pairs incredibly well with most weeds, but he also keeps it in line with MF DOOM’s personal production style through the heavy influence of 80s cartoons.
Speaking of smooth, DOOM quotes legendary hip-hop duo Nice and Smooth with the line “Sometimes I rhyme quickly, sometimes I rhyme slowly”, a direct reference to the song “Sometimes I rhyme slowly”.
The song is fun because it has more than just a smooth beat and some classics in it. The intricacy of the lyrics, the way in which MF DOOM combines its lines with the beat, the funky and the cartoonish but complex style of the beat make for an incredible listening experience, especially under the effects of a good load.