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MF Doom:

Basing his persona and logo after the Marvel Comics supervillain Dr. Doom, the man behind MF (Metal Face) Doom's iron mask is actually Zev Love X, a member of the former NYC hip-hop group KMD. First featured on the 3rd Bass
single "The Gas Face," the London-born, NY -raised Zev made his debut with KMD a couple of years later, along with his younger brother and musical partner DJ Subroc. The 1991 album Mr. Hood, released on Elektra Records, was part of a short-lived trend of Islamic Five Percent Nation hip-hop outings, along with efforts by groups like Poor Righteous Teachers and KMD's labelmates Brand Nubian. However, Subroc was fatally injured in 1993 when he was struck by a car, and when Zev and KMD returned the next year, it was with the even more serious and miltant Bl_ck B_st_rds, an album whose cover art alone (featuring a Little Black Sambo-ish cartoon character being hanged) spelled the end of the group's contract with Elektra. With the album in limbo, Zev went underground for five years, "recovering from his wounds" and swearing revenge "against the industry that so badly deformed him," according to his official bio, a reworking of Dr. Doom's origin. Meanwhile, Bl_ck B_st_rds was heavily bootlegged and Zev Love's legend grew, but few knew at first that the rapper who began showing up at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in 1998, freestyling with a stocking covering his face, was actually Zev. The imaginative MC finally ended the mystery in 1999, resurfacing in his new identity as MF Doom and making up for lost time with a critically praised new album, Operation: Doomsday

Kurious : aka - Kurious Jorge

Latino rapper Kurious Jorge hailed from the Uptown section of Manhattan known as Spanish Harlem. His brazen talents landed him a guest spot on the Prime Minister Pete Nice and Daddy Rich cut "Three Blind Mice" from their album Dust II Dust in early 1993. Having forged an allegiance with the former Third Bass rapper, Kurious dropped his own single "Walk Like a Duck" later that year with a little help from Pete Nice. The gifted lyricist with a Latino twang released his debut album A Constipated Monkey on Hoppoh Records in early 1994. Applauded by fans of the New York underground scene, the album's Spanglish tone called to mind the work of Queens' Latin rap trio the Beatnuts. Kurious' joint was slightly less vulgar than the Nuts' EP Intoxicated Demons and featured a spicy array of musical influences ranging from salsa to rock & roll. The singles and subsequent videos for "Uptown Shit" and "I'm Kurious" gave the album some longevity on DJ play lists and car stereos. Constipated Monkey afforded Kurious with healthy respect among hip-hop's diehards, but Kurious never translated this success commercially and never returned with a sophomore effort.

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