December 31, 2020 (Worldwide): Unforgettable: British-American Rapper MF DOOM Passes At 49

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Daniel Dumile (/ˈduːmiːleɪ/ DOO-mee-lay; 9 January 1971 – 31 December 2020) was a British-American rapper. 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 "one of the most celebrated, unpredictable and enigmatic figures in independent hip-hop".

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. Dumile's most prolific period was in the early 2000s, when he released four studio albums and two collaborative albums between the years of 2003 and 2005, using the MF Doom moniker as well as the pseudonyms King Geedorah and Viktor Vaughn. In the 2010s, he relocated to London, where he recorded further music.

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 album in hip hop. 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).

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These are three sets of photos from the making of DOOM & Madlib's album Madvillainy, 2002-2003. These photos by Egon, Madlib and Eric Coleman are curated by Stones Throw Records →

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