Do you look for broke time travelers in your underground hip hop? Then you’re in luck! This narrative concept album follows the day to day of Viktor Vaughn, a time traveler trying to find funds to fix his defunct time machine. Generally appreciated by critics (It reached #25 on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2003!), some complained that the album was too silly, or didn’t like the narrative structure. Frankly, they are missing the point. This album is a masterpiece of narrative rap, and uses a compelling premise to guide the listener through the story.
The Metal Finger Villain, aka King Geedorah, aka Victor Vaughn, aka MF DOOM, was one of the most prolific underground rappers and producers in hip-hop. The death of MF DOOM’s real-world brother, DJ Subroc, was the tragic origin story of this comic book villain turned hip-hop legend. Unbound by fears of lawsuits or the macho “keep-it-real-ism” of his time, MF DOOM embraced the nerdy, uncool things that helped him grieve for years after his brother's death. Smoking weed and sampling the cartoons he was watching for his beats was how he would spend his time beyond villainous escapades. MF DOOM would pass away on Halloween 2020.