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Mos Def: "Accordion" (Madvillain Cover) (Video)

Another possible DOOM impostor show went down with some serious boo-age this weekend, but Mos Def saved the show from total collapse by performing a great set that included a lot of stuff from The Ecstatic and stellar covers of Madvillain tracks. Video of Mos performing "Accordion" is above, and given his command of the fast runs, you'd think it was a Mos original. Nice Lucha Libre mask, too. [NahRight]

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Sounds great. Dude loves Doom, if I remember that studio video correctly.

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Yep, Mos is a huge DOOM fan. I loved that studio video of him reciting DOOM lyrics with a huge grin on his face.

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Doom's playing himself (like accordion! chuckle) with this whole impostor bit. I'll admit it's meaty on the conceptual comic book tip. (Can anyone be Doom? Does the power lie in the mask or the man behind it?) But it's also patently disrespectful to the fans. I had the opportunity to see those two a couple weeks ago and I passed cause I didn't wanna go through the letdown of some hack lip-syncing to the records.

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There are a lot of layers here. I like the arguments he makes, and it's interesting to try to tease them out.

If Doom were purely a character that can be played on stage by a number of people, it would make sense that he'd be putting multiple "actors" on the albums, too. It would also follow that the actors he hires would actually perform on stage (as Mos has so wonderfully done here), rather than just lip-sync.

What we get on record, then, is Doom the character made manifest through Daniel Dumile himself. The actors he hires can never be the Doom he gives us on record, much the same way that Adam West gave us a different Batman than did Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale. The point is how each of those actors embodies the character. Doom is not just a man behind the Mask; it's a mindset, a method and, maybe more important, a collection of physical mannerisms that shine through on stage.

So it seems like Dumile is going halfway with this. Either Doom is *a* character -- which would allow him to put everything Doom up for reinterpretation, the same way Batman has been reinterpreted throughout the years -- or Doom is *his* character. And if that's the case, he should play that character himself, in the studio and on stage.

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BWall, you just buried the skeleton for a bad ass feature in a comments thread.

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I'd love to have you write it, my man.

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that just got the literary gears turning...

/site_media/uploads/images/users/LongestWinter/moonjpg.jpg CraigJenkins

Maybe I'll try to pen something on the subject...

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