Although it’s been seven years since the masked villain last delivered a proper full-length release, MF DOOM has remained relatively active. Through well-placed feature appearances, as well as collaborative projects with Bishop Nehru and deM atlaS, DOOM has managed to keep fans hungry, but far from malnourished.
Kool Keith, on the other hand, has been far more musically active the last few years, unleashing at least one project per year since 2011. When Keith revealed the guest-heavy tracklist for his latest album Feature Magnetic, a collaborative track with DOOM had fans of both artists clamoring for the inevitable dopeness that would ensue.
With “Super Hero,” Keith and DOOM more than delivered, and today (October 20), the standout track received a set of visuals that, as with any good video, elevates the track to new heights.
Seriously, holy shit. This video is incredible:
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Through brilliant use of stop-motion animation, director Kris Merc tastefully pays homage to the legacy of both artists through their iconic imagery: DOOM’s infamous mask and Kool Keith’s Dr. Ocatagon skull and plastic “Black Elvis” hair.
I wanted to capture something that felt like a visual pop travesty. I wanted it to visually speak to the legacy of the artists, and Afrofuturism mixed with comic book concepts. I’m a fan of the unseen, and I was obsessed with the idea of using DOOM’s mask and the iconography as a centralized point — as if time and space converged around these strange, sometimes magical tableaus and we were witnessing an ascension. - Kris Merc, The FADER
Throughout the three-and-a-half-minute psychedelic journey, imagery from both artists converges with imaginative stop-motion scenes that perfectly punctuate key lines in Keith and DOOM’s verses.
As we await the next proper full-length from DOOM, this new video for “Super Hero” exhibits more than enough replay value to kill some precious time.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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