It's not all doom and gloom - metal faced rapper Doom announces November 2011 UK tour with rare Ghostface Killah date

The name MF Doom might not ring too many bells, but couple it with Danger Mouse (you get Danger Doom) or Madlib (equals Madvillain) and suddenly the man gets a knowing nod. Mention earlier work as a member of New York rap-trio KMD, or his contribution to the slamming 3rd Bass joint, "The Gas Face", and the picture starts to become a little clearer.

Looking like something out of Gladiator while donning his trademark mask (hence the metal-face reference in the headline and the MF prefix), Doom has quietly been contributing to other people's albums, most notably Gorillaz' "Demon Days" and unleashing prime-cuts on his decade-long beats collections called "Special Herbs". His own official releases have been appearing on the celebrated Lex Records imprint, which has also included an album with Danger Mouse, 2005's "The Mouse and the Mask". For 2011, however, he's got a little something special lined-up...

During November, Doom will perform a string of shows in the UK, including a special collaborative show with his current rapping cohort, Ghostface Killah. The tour itself starts in Glasgow on 3rd Nov, before continuing to Manchester, Leeds and more until Brighton on the 18th.

In amongst these tour dates is that special show to be held at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London on 5th Nov, where you can be guaranteed plenty of lyrical fireworks when Ghostface Killah teams up with Doom to form the duo, Doomsparks! Their new single, "Victory Laps", is out now and this show is in celebration of Lex Records' 10th anniversary.

All tickets go on sale from us this Friday, priced at £18.50 - £22.50. Meanwhile, check out that new single embedded above!!

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