The music world mourns MF DOOM

Flying Lotus, Busta Rhymes, Thom Yorke and more paid tribute to the masked rapper

04.01.21

Words by: Felicity Martin

In a statement shared by his family on December 31st, MF DOOM – real name was Daniel Dumile – was confirmed to have passed away on October 31, 2020.

The tragic news came with an outpouring of grief on social media for the rap and production legend, famed for his ambitious rhyme schemes and next-level wordplay as well as being a true enigma, almost always hidden by a mask.

Born in London and raised on Long Island, DOOM was also a myth-maker and trickster of the highest order as well as a self-described supervillain, sending imposters to play live shows of his.

Best known as MF DOOM, he also operated under aliases including Madvillain, King Geedorah, Zev Love X and Viktor Vaughn, and collaborated with the likes of FlyLo, Earl Sweatshirt, Rejjie Snow, and many more.

When the news of his passing was shared, the music world shared their collective grief on social media, detailing why exactly the MC had captured their imaginations.

 

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