Behind the Mask: Decoding The Most Obscure MF DOOM References

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By Graham Corrigan & Brendan Klinkenberg

DOOM is a character. Although he's clearly a strange and entertaining guy, that's also meant literally; the rapper has been playing a very dedicated role for the past two decades. Often, he takes the concept of being hip-hop's anonymous villain to extreme conclusions, sending out imposters at shows and never breaking character. It's what makes him one of hip-hop's most compelling artists, but the strange, invented backstory is only half of what makes DOOM a cult figure, and it would be for nothing if he wasn't as talented a rapper as he is.

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Possibly the most compelling aspect to DOOM's music is the reference-heavy style. Granted, he's got one of the most dense, compelling flows of all time and a career working with a few of hip-hop's greatest producers, but it's his allusions that add an entire new dimension to the music. They're bizarre tidbits that, more than anything else in his music, give a sense of what the man behind the mask is like.

DOOM's best lines require some research, so we compiled and decoded some of his most obscure references.

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