KMD's Black Bastards and the Birth of MF Doom

A young Zev Luv X photographed by Pete Nice
Brian Coleman includes in his latest book, Check The Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies, a chapter on KMD's classic sophomore album, Black Bastards. Over the weekend, he put this chapter online via Cuepoint. Most probably already know the basic story of KMD, a rap group that consisted of MF Doom (then known as Zev Luv X) and his brother Subroc, who died in 1993, but Coleman, a true hip-hop historian, goes beyond the basics, sharing intimate knowledge gleaned from primary sources like Pete Nice and DOOM himself.

A thorough track-by-track breakdown of Black Bastards follows firsthand accounts of the meeting at which Zev was informed that Elektra wouldn't be releasing the album, as well as heart-wrenching details of Subroc's wake. This is the stuff of legend.

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