Unexpected Guests: A Compilation of MF DOOM's Rare and Unreleased Tracks
Unexpected Guests is a compilation album by British-American rapper/producer MF DOOM, released under the shortened pseudonym DOOM. The album is made up of a collection of songs performed by, produced by or featuring DOOM and previously released at various points throughout his career. It was released via Gold Dust Media in 2009[^3^].
The album features guest appearances from Talib Kweli, J Dilla, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Sean Price, Vast Aire, Count Bass D, Kurious, Scienz of Life, John Robinson and Hell Razah. The album also includes remixes by DOOM himself and DJ Babu. The tracks span from DOOM's early days as Zev Love X in KMD to his collaborations with Madlib as Madvillain and Danger Mouse as Danger Doom[^2^].
Unexpected Guests showcases DOOM's versatility as a rapper and producer, as well as his ability to blend with different styles and sounds. The album is a treat for fans who want to explore some of DOOM's lesser-known gems and discover new facets of his musical genius[^1^].Some of DOOM's other notable albums include The Mouse and the Mask (2005), a collaboration with producer Danger Mouse under the name Danger Doom; Born Like This (2009), his final solo album under the name DOOM; NehruvianDoom (2014), a collaboration with rapper Bishop Nehru; and Czarface Meets Metal Face (2018), a collaboration with hip hop group Czarface. DOOM also released several instrumental albums under the name Metal Fingers, titled Special Herbs, which featured samples from various sources such as cartoons, movies, and TV shows[^1^].
DOOM's albums are widely acclaimed by critics and fans alike for their originality, creativity, and complexity. DOOM is known for his intricate wordplay, obscure references, comic book-inspired alter egos, and unconventional production style. He is also notorious for his use of impostors to perform live shows in his place, which he justified as part of his villainous persona. DOOM has influenced many artists in the hip hop genre and beyond, such as Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Joey Bada$$, and Flying Lotus[^2^].
DOOM died on October 31, 2020 at the age of 49, but his death was not announced until December 31 by his wife Jasmine. The cause of death was not revealed. His death was mourned by many fans and fellow artists who paid tribute to his legacy and impact on the music industry[^3^].One of the most distinctive aspects of DOOM's persona is his mask, which he wore at all times in public and never revealed his face. The mask was inspired by the one worn by Russell Crowe's character Maximus in the 2000 film Gladiator[^2^]. DOOM said he chose the mask to create a mystique around his music and to avoid being judged by his appearance. He also said he wanted to emulate comic book characters who had secret identities and wore masks to protect their loved ones[^3^].
The mask became a symbol of DOOM's artistic vision and anti-establishment attitude. He often modified the mask to suit different occasions and projects, such as adding horns for his King Geedorah persona or changing the color for his Madvillain collaboration. He also had different versions of the mask made by various artists and craftsmen, such as Blake Lethem, Jason Jagel, and Ian Kuali'i[^2^]. Some of his masks were made of metal, while others were made of plastic or resin. He also sold replicas of his masks to his fans through his website and other platforms[^4^].
The mask also became a source of controversy for DOOM, as he sometimes sent impostors to perform in his place at live shows. He claimed this was part of his villainous act and a way to challenge the audience's expectations. He also said he did not care about performing live and preferred to focus on making music in the studio. However, many fans and promoters felt cheated and disrespected by this practice and accused DOOM of being lazy and greedy[^3^]. DOOM defended himself by saying he was not obligated to show up at every show and that he was providing a service to his fans by giving them an opportunity to see someone else rap his lyrics[^2^]. aa16f39245