We’re at the New York-Tokyo Music Festival and Kenny Muhammad (the human orchestra) announced MF Doom had to cancel because he’s in the hospital fighting for his life. More details as they develop but hopefully it’s just a front cause he couldn’t make it to the show.

update: Well, still no official word on Doom’s condition. Unfortunately, it’s not a stretch to imagine the promoters coming up with this lie to avoid the backlash from the crowd. Especially since Doom doesn’t have the best reputation for show attendance. I was pretty disappointed when I heard both Collie Budz and Doom had to cancel, but I guess the promoters did alright in the end by getting Rakim to show (although it was a very short set, more like a teaser). Still doesn’t justify lying to the fans though. Especially taking it as far as having a “moment of silence”.

update #2: According to some comments we received by people alleging to be the promoters, it seems Collie Budz and MF Doom cancelled early in the am on the 22nd due to health concerns. Thank you for the clarification. What I still do not understand is why the cancellations weren’t immediately communicated to attendees (obviously I do understand, but I think it was inappropriate) and why during Rakim’s performance he said “I got a call last night” about the request for his appearance?

update #3: MF DOOM issues statement, Stones Throw takes opportunity to push new record.

SEP 26, 2007 – Every day for the past month we’ve been hit up by people wanting explanations, statements, clarifications, and declarations about MF DOOM. Is he lip synching? (No. Listen to the videos on Youtube.) Is he an impostor? (No, but he did lose some pounds.) Is he in the hospital? (No, he’s in his studio … or if not there, you can find him in the pub with the grub stain.)

Reached earlier this morning at his home in Georgia, an alive and well MF DOOM issued this statement:
“What up? I’m dead.”

DOOM was in Los Angeles recently and recorded a few verses at The Bomb Shelter studio, where Madvillain, Quasimoto, YNQ, and Madlib classics have been made. Among the new joints recorded was one with him and Guilty Simpson over J Dilla’s “Mash” and another over Dilla’s “Lightworks”. “Mash’s Revenge” will be released on the album “B-Ball Zombie War” on October 2.

update #4 on Oct 2, 2007: Stones Throw statement was taken down. Don’t know why.