Review: MF Doom, “Expektoration Live”

MF Doom, Expektoration Live
Gold Dust Media

Expektoration Live captures a MF Doom concert at B.B. King’s in New York. Judging from the track list, which draws heavily from Operation Doomsday, his Madvillain project and MM…Food, the gig took place sometime between 2004 and 2005, before the rapper’s Danger Doom commercial breakthrough, and before he earned infamy by ripping off audiences with “Doombot” imposters that lip-synched his songs. It’s a shame that Doom doesn’t care to perform live anymore, because he wasn’t that bad. Expektoration has a grimy, frenetic quality reminiscent of Doom’s best work, as he and backing DJ Big Benn Klingon rip through indie classics like “Accordion” and “Rhymes Like Dimes.”

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