Legendary lyricist and producer MF Doom dies at 49

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in News on December 31, 2020

The versatile visionary passed on October 31st though the news just broke of his untimely passing.

The complex, dynamic rapper and producer known as MF Doom has passed away at the young age of 49. His wife Jasmine broke the news via social media and since the announcement, tributes have flooded the internet.

“The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for,” Dumile’s wife, Jasmine, wrote. “Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family. Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off.”

While the news just broke, Doom actually passed on October 31st – two months ago. The announcement was just made today and already the reaction has been unanimously somber and appreciative of the artist’s contribution.

Daniel Dumile began his legendary career as Zev Love X as a member of the hip hop collective, KMD. Following the death of Dumile’s brother, DJ Subroc, in 1993, KMD disbanded and Dumile would not resurface again until the late 90’s, after which he had adopted the MF DOOM persona, taking cues from Marvel’s character, Doctor Doom.

His body of work included the pseudonyms King Geedorah and Viktor Vaughn. His first album was Operation: Doomsday in 1999 and capped with Born Like This a decade later. The highly versatile, enigmatic talent would become a fixture as a collaborative force, earning accolades from his work with under Danger Doom alongside Danger Mouse, Doomstarks partnered with Ghostface Killah, and arguably his most notable joint effort with Madlib in Madvillain.

The collaborative reach of MF DOOM transcended hip hop and saw the masked menace work alongside the likes of The Avalanches, Portishead, Thundercat, and Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead to name a few. Most recently, MF DOOM was featured on the single “The Chocolate Conquistadors” with BADBADNOTGOOD for Grand Theft Auto Online.