Monday, February 15, 2010

Did Doom Do Chicago Dirty?

Posted By on 02.15.10 at 02:13 PM

As I noted in my Critic's Choice, mysterious rapper Doom has all but admitted to sending imposters wearing his trademark mask to his live gigs to "perform" in his place. He's never explained himself, but I figure he either thinks it's some sort of performance art—perhaps in tribute to his clone-building comic-book namesake—or else he's really as crazy as people say he is. I didn't think he'd send a fake Doom to his show at the Congress Theater on Saturday for a couple of reasons. One, he was booked to perform with Mos Def, with whom he's collaborating on the sequel to Doom and Madlib's Madvillainy album, and presumably he wouldn't want to piss off or embarrass his partner. Two, enraging a sold-out Congress crowd seems like it could be dangerous for whoever actually did get up onstage. I wasn't there, but from the reports and clips I've seen, the odds that Doom ever set foot in the venue seem pretty slim.

Yesterday Fake Shore Drive's Andrew Barber broke down Saturday's show, where set times ran late, Mos Def put on a confusing set that was half Doom covers, and someone who almost definitely wasn't Doom performed in the headlining spot. Video evidence, also via Fake Shore Drive, after the jump.

Now, I've never met Doom, but I get the idea from photos and the occasional media profile that dude is not five-foot-nothing, as the purported Doom in the video appears to be. Also, whoever it is really looks like he's lip-synching to a prerecorded track.

I have some respect for artists who'll willingly fuck with their audiences, and I also didn't waste a Saturday night waiting for a super-short set by a probable imposter, so I can still find a bit of entertainment in all this. But I bet there are a couple thousand Doom fans who feel otherwise.

Doom, if you have a compelling reason not to go out on tour, there are ways to send out impersonators that people can actually enjoy.

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