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Dozens of artists are paying their respects to MF DOOM.
On New Year’s Eve, the hip-hop community was shattered by the sudden news of the death of the legendary MF DOOM. Since receiving the news, tributes have poured in from fans to rappers who worked with the masked villain himself.
yasiin bey posted a video covering DOOM’s “All Caps” from 2014.
While Lupe Fiasco recorded a DOOM-inspired freestyle for Twitter.
“I learned so much from you about the art of rapping,” Lupe wrote, “and analyzed you for years as recently as a few days ago. I wish I could’ve met you to tell you that.”
Busta Rhymes posted the 1991 “Nitty Gritty” remix he and Brand Nubian recorded with DOOM during his KMD days with a lengthy tribute. “I wanted to believe this was another elaborate scheme by the great Whodini himself,” he wrote. “This man has meant something to our culture that no other MC has because he figured out something that none of us has before him and that was to be completely free!”
DOOM’s talent transcended the hip-hop genre, with Thom Yorke of Radiohead even sharing his thoughts. “HE was a massive inspiration to so many of us,” he wrote, “changed things…for me the way he put words was often shocking in its genius, using stream of consciousness in a way I’d never heard before.”
Open Mike Eagle
Open Mike Eagle, who recorded two tracks with DOOM, shared a special freestyle in honor of the super villain. In the track, he reminisces on a framed picture of DOOM he has hanging in his living room. Through the course of the freestyle, Mike realizes the art actually features an imposter DOOM.
On Twitter, Flying Lotus revealed that he was working on an EP with DOOM before his death. He added no further details, but did mention that there are songs that he himself hasn’t even heard.
Earl tweeted a few words of wisdom on Saturday, some from the Navy Blue album, and a few from DOOM himself.
Like most of his peers, Pharoahe Monch was clearly shaken by the news. On Instagram, he wrote about the unnerving mix of emotions.
The Philly-based DJ tells a story that manages to encompass Daniel Dumile the person, MF DOOM the rapper, and the man behind both.
Out of respect for the occasion, Serch goes through the archives with a rarely-seen pictures of DOOM, De La Soul, Tupac and more.
Stretch and Bobbito
The legendary duo shared DOOM’s 1997 return to the iconic show as a solo artist. Stay tuned for more rare content from the two.
Cipha Sounds & Peter Rosenberg
The OG Hip-Hop podcast drops the first part of its DOOM-themed episode. Bobbito Garcia, Kurious Jorge, Peanut Butter Wolf & Nick Rosenberg all appear.