Condolences: Rest In Power To The Great M.F. DOOM #MFDOOM HIP HOP LEGEND

Daniel Dumile (/ˈduːmiːleɪ/ DOO-mee-lay) (9 January 1971 – 31 October 2020) was a British rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He performed and released music under several stage names, most notably MF Doom, which Dumile preferred to be stylized in all caps. Dumile debuted during hip hop’s golden age of the late 1980s and became a major figure in underground hip hop of the early 21st century. Upon his death, Variety called him “[o]ne of the most celebrated, unpredictable and enigmatic figures in independent hip-hop”.[3]

Born in London, Dumile moved with his family to Long Island, New York at a young age. He began his musical career in 1988 as a member of the trio KMD, at which time he performed under the name Zev Love X. KMD disbanded in 1993 following the death of Dumile’s brother, DJ Subroc. After taking a hiatus from the music scene, Dumile reemerged in 1998, when he began performing at open mic events while wearing a mask. He adopted the MF Doom persona and rarely made unmasked public appearances from that time onward. His metal mask resembles that of Marvel Comics super-villain Doctor Doom, who is depicted rapping on the cover of his 1999 debut solo album Operation: Doomsday. In the early 2000s, Dumile also released solo albums under the pseudonyms King Geedorah and Viktor Vaughn.

Dumile frequently collaborated with other producers and rappers, most notably with Madlib under the moniker Madvillain. The duo’s 2004 album Madvillainy received widespread critical acclaim upon its release and has been cited as Dumile’s magnum opus and a landmark in hip hop.[4] Dumile’s other notable collaborations include Danger Doom (with Danger Mouse), Doomstarks (with Ghostface Killah), JJ Doom (with Jneiro Jarel), NehruvianDoom (with Bishop Nehru), and Czarface Meets Metal Face (with Czarface).

“RIP to another Giant your favorite MC’s MC .. MF DOOM!! crushing news…,” Q-Tip tweeted, while El-P wrote, “He was a writer’s writer. Grateful I got to know you a little, king. Proud to be your fan. Thank you for keeping it weird and raw always. You inspired us all and always will.”

Dumile was born in London in 1971 and moved to Long Island, NY with his family early in his childhood. He started performing as a teenager under the name Zev Love X as part of the hip-hop group KMD, which he started with his younger brother DJ Subroc. The group released their critically acclaimed debut — 1991’s Mr. Hood — and were recording their follow-up Black Bastards when Subroc was killed in a car accident in 1993.

Following his brother’s death, Dumile disappeared from public life, only to re-emerge in the late 1990s at the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe in Manhattan where he performed, unannounced, wearing a stocking over his face. The concern with anonymity would become a calling card, as Dumile adopted various means of subterfuge, most notably adorning what would become his signature mask modeled after the Marvel villain Doctor Doom. (ROLLINGSTONE.COM)

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