Alt-Hip Hop Artist BAD MATH Channels MF Doom On His Single ‘Dead Jokers’ Featuring Viking N3


Sydney Alt-Hip Hop artist BAD MATH has dropped a heavy-hitting single ‘Dead Jokers’ featuring Viking N3. 

Hiding behind an animalistic mask, BAD MATH is heavily influenced by MF Doom, which he claims he channels in ‘Dead Jokers’. 

“I’m a huge fan of MF DOOM, so I was playing around with cartoon voice samples (as DOOM does) when I accidentally sampled a trumpet part of the excerpt. I started pitching the trumpets which created this bouncy tuba type of sequence, layered some drums over the top and then I had hook for ‘Dead Jokers,” said BAD MATH.

“I felt as if the hook had this marching band type quality and thought I needed to downplay the verse patterns, so that the bouncy tuba samples come out of nowhere the first time you hear the hook. It definitely gives off an impact when the hook first comes in. Like you just got punched in the face,” he said. 

BAD MATH then got in touch with Viking N3 through his record label Fight Music Record. Viking N3 instantly wanted to jump on the track stating “I had a listen and when this beat came in I was bouncing, it felt like I was cruzin’ down Gotham City with a bunch of low riding villains”.