MF DOOM, the biggest name in modern hip-hop, died on October 31, 2020. His family gave the news of his death on New Year’s Eve
Her death will have occurred on October 31, 2020, but only now was announced by her family through social networks.
“The best husband, father, teacher, student, partner, lover and friend I could have died”, wrote the musician’s wife, Jasmine.
“Thank you for all the things you showed me, you taught and you gave, to me and to our children and to our family. My world will not be the same without you”.
Born Daniel Dumile on January 9th 1971, MF DOOM started his career at only 17 years old, in Long Island, where he moved with his family as a child.
At that time, he adopted the name Zev Love X and played with his brother, Dingilizwe (known as DJ Subroc) and also rapper Onyx the Birthstone Kid at the KMD, who achieved some sales success.
With Dingilizwe’s death in 1993, the KMD ceased activities and Dumile moved to Atlanta, moving away from music for three years.
Back in New York, he adopted the name MF DOOM, inspired by one of Marvel’s great villains, Dr. Doom – to whom he also “stole” the mask he was performing with and gave him some anonymity.
His first solo album “Operation: Doomsday” was released in 1999, and is still considered one of the most influential albums ever within the more underground rap scene.
After a succession of albums under other names, MF DOOM released his second album, “Mm..Food”, in 2004, and allied with producer Madlib to edit what is considered one of the great works of 21st century hip-hop: “Madvillainy”, with the name Madvillain. A year later he collaborated with the Gorillaz in ‘November Has Come’, a theme taken from the English group’s second album.
His last record as MF DOOM, “Born Like This”, dates from 2009. Until his death, he worked with artists such as Bishop Nehru, Westside Gunn, Flying Lotus, Avalanches and BADBADNOTGOOD.
The rapper was also known for his disinterest in giving concerts, even hiring “look-alike” to give his shows for himself. One of them was the comedian Hannibal Buress, in 2019.
The news of his death was greeted with sorrow by several figures from the hip-hop world (and beyond), with El-P, from Run the Jewels, referring to MF DOOM as “the lyricist of lyricists”, “who inspired us all and will continue to do so”.