Elusive rap veteran Doom (formerly MF Doom) is making headlines with reports claiming he skipped out on a paid London performance over the weekend and used an impostor to fill in his place.
Reports of the rapper’s weekend stunt have started surfacing online.
In case you didn’t known, DOOM is notorious for sending masked imposters to perform on his concerts. This happened agained this weekend at an event in London where the rapper, formerly known as MF DOOM, was contracted to perform at Livin’ DOOM, organized by the Livin’ Proof DJ crew. Much to their discontent, the “real deal” never showed up for the performance. Instead, the Doom imposter intended to take over his. (Hype Trak)
Concert promoters Livin’ Proof released a statement to fans and explained what really went down.
“To everyone who came down to our Livin’ DOOM event on Saturday and are questioning whether that was the real DOOM – we are in the same position as you. We had a legitimate contracted gig from his official booking agent and were in contact throughout the booking process with his US management, and label. We were even talking and working with the promoters of DOOM’s forthcoming London live shows in October and November. As far as we were concerned, the real DOOM was going to appear… we received news from DOOM’s management on the morning of the gig that DOOM wanted more money or he would not show up. This show was done and intended as a very special and intimate show which was not about making money but putting on an incredible party in a very small capacity venue. As we wanted the show to go ahead and was left to ransom to this extortionate request, we agreed this even though this was a breach of our agreed contract. In hindsight, we should have cancelled the show then and there…” (Statement)
The statement also revealed possible legal action may take place as a repercussion.
“At 9.30pm after we had open the doors, we were told by management that he would appear but would not DJ and was just going to sign autographs. We said this was unacceptable as we had agreed and paid for a DJ set… 10 minutes later we received a call saying that he would DJ… Or that’s what we were led to believe. As many of the people in the venue noticed, there is a very strong possibility the person that was finally sent down was not DOOM himself. Doing this show has taught us a lot about how some artists operate and how they feel they can treat others and, most importantly, their fans. As fans of DOOM ourselves, this has left a very sour taste in our mouth. Anyone who has been to Livin’ Proof parties always know that we do our utmost to provide the best quality show and we are so sorry for anyone who came down and were disappointed by the DJ set from the artist supposedly meant to be DOOM. We will do our utmost to make this up to anyone who purchased a ticket for this event. We paid the fee upfront to Daniel Dumile’s bank account and have the receipts to prove this. We will be seeking legal advice and are doing our best to get his show fee refunded from DOOM and his management and will then take suitable steps after this action.” (Statement)
Back in 2009, Doom explained his knack for setting up impostors at his past shows.
“Everything that we do is villain style,” Doom said in an interview. “Everybody has the right to get it or not get it. Once I throw it out, it’s there for interpretation. It might’ve seemed like it didn’t go well, but how do we know that wasn’t just pre-orchestrated so that we’re talking about it now? I tell you one thing: People are asking more now for live shows and I’m charging more, so it must’ve worked somewhere…when you come to a Doom show, come expecting to hear music, don’t come expecting to see.” (Rolling Stone)