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Ring in the New Year with MF Doom

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Besides having the same middle name, Wagstaff, Dick Clark and MF Doom do not have a whole lot in common. This year, however, both will be the main attraction at New Year's Eve festivities.

While I lied about MF Doom's middle name being Wagstaff (that really is Clark's middle name), I am not lying when I tell you that the masked man will be headlining the Deep Urban Breaks' New Year's celebration. Just like the elusive Doom's identity, the location for the show is a mystery. All that has been revealed is the show will take place in a Downtown LA venue.

Tickets are available now and will run you $30, which is well worth the price of admission...if the real MF Doom shows up.

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In the last few months, fans who have attended Doom shows have speculated that the man hitting the stage was a fake. According to concert goers, the man behind the mask at shows this past summer, including a show at the El Rey, was slimmer, lip-syncing and not engaging the audience the way Doom normally does. These rumors were not exclusive to message boards and underground hip hop enthusiast blogs, mainstream media like the Village Voice, and Wired got in on the act.

In late September, Stones Throw, Doom's label, issued a statement to address the rumors.

"Is he lip synching? (No. Listen to the videos on YouTube)," the post says. "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)."

Besides the pub with the grub stain, you can also find the real MF Doom, who just recently won an mtvU award, here in LA ringing in '08.

Photo via MF Doom's MySpace page.