Hiding behind his mask and various monikers, MF Doom is a recluse even on his most extroverted days. His usual tactic in releasing tracks is akin to spitting a barrage of spitballs at the ceiling; some will stick, but most unfortunately fall to the wayside. Since the 2009 release of Born Like This, Doom’s hush presence on the web may reflect a new era of quality control, as he and Masta Ace work together on a project, reportedly due sometime later this year.
But in a day where collaboration is more likely to occur in an inbox than in a studio, artists are no longer damned to work with the talent around them. The same way rappers garner attention remixing industry anthems, beat smiths have a chance to flaunt their wares under verses from popular MC’s, potentially exposing their existing catalog to a new demographic.
Enter Equalibrum, a producer from Santa Barbara, Calif., who recently remixed Doom’s grungy 2001 release “My Favorite Ladies” to delightful effect. The tracks starts with a subtle static build up, until Doom drops his song-long verse over pacing drums and a piano sample pulled from a cocktail party. While the piano drops out, a light acoustic guitar takes over, as Doom continues to creatively cherish the cherubs who enter in and out of his mysterious life. We’re ultimately treated to a crisp, hi-fi retake of a Doom original, and a new opportunity for listeners to delve into Equals’ existing discography.
Stream “My Favorite Ladies (Equal RMX)” here: