Release Date: Nov 3, 2009
Record label: Gold Dust
Daniel Dumile has gone by a slew of aliases over the years. From his humble beginnings as a peach fuzz-sporting Zev Love X to his current days as the pot-bellied DOOM, this elusive emcee/producer wears his musical schizophrenia on his sleeve like none other. Mind you, during those nearly 20 years, Dumile (pronounced Doom-uh-lay) has also taken the name of a Godzilla monster (the seven-headed King Geedorah) and two masked supervillains (MF DOOM and Viktor Vaughan).
The early news of DOOM compilation Unexpected Guests positioned it as a field report from the indie MC's late-decade wilderness period, spanning a half-committed star turn (2005's Danger Doom collaboration with Danger Mouse) to this year's bullish return to form on Born Like This. And it is... except when it isn't-- "Rock Co.Kane Flow", taken from De La Soul's The Grind Date, actually finds DOOM doing something of a victory lap in 2004 after his essential triad of Take Me to Your Leader (released under the name King Geedorah), Vaudeville Villain (Viktor Vaughn), and Madvillainy (Madvillain).
This year had such a nice redemptive arc for DOOM (most recently, of course, known as MF Doom): Beloved underground MC returns after bizarre hiatus, during which he paid impostors to stand in for him on stage, by releasing an excellent comeback album, Born Like This. So it’s a shame that last glimpse we’ll likely get of DOOM this decade is a slight rarities mixtape that collects 17 tracks of less-than-stellar repute of varying states of release (7-inch tracks, production work, etc.). Unexpected Guests is said album, and the latter word should really come underlined, because apart from a handful of verses and an annoying “Doom is as evil as ever” sample, he’s less a part of this than he was his recent live shows.