By Jack Callahan
Influential British rapper, Daniel Dumile, better known as MF DOOM, Metal Face, Madvillian or Viktor Vaughn passed away on October 31, 2020 at the age of 49, his wife and record label broke the news on Thursday December 31, 2020.
His wife, Jasmine, revealed the news in a post on Doom’s verified Instagram account. The caption of the post addressed Doom as Dumile and read, “The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family.” The tribute ends with, “Transitioned October 31, 2020.”
Once the news of Doom’s death broke, many popular musicians and artists began offering tribute on social media and thanked him for his influence on modern rap. Earl Sweatshirt, Flying Lotus and many others left tributes on their social media to the masked villain MF DOOM.
“Safe travels villain,” wrote rapper Tyler, the Creator, in a twitter post which has been liked more than 300,000 times.
With his complicated wordplay, signature mask and supervillain persona, Doom became a major figure in underground rap in the 2000s. Throughout his career he performed under many different names and always wore a mask, which became a big part of his character and created his legacy as being one the most mysterious rappers ever.
The most famous of his stage names was MF DOOM. Under this name, he released his first solo album, Operation: Doomsday in 1999 and his famous 2004 album Mm..Food. MF DOOM was also featured in collaboration projects with other rappers. He also released two albums, Vaudeville Villain and Venomous Villain under the name Viktor Vaughn. The popular Madvilliany album was also made by him under the name Madvillain. And in 2009, he dropped his last solo album Born Like This under the name Doom.
Doom drew a lot of inspiration from comic books, specifically the Marvel supervillain Doctor Doom, who he named himself after and wore a mask resembling his all throughout his career.
Despite not releasing music for many years, Doom still has a big following. Among his many fans is North Attleboro High School senior, Andrew Faris, who says, “I really enjoyed a lot of his music and it’s sad, but if any rapper was going to die and have it not be known for two months it makes sense it was the masked villain.”
Another fan and Franklin High School senior, Benicio Escobar, says, “I’ve been listening to him for a few years now, it’s sad knowing there won’t be any new music from him anymore.”
Despite not being very active in recent years, Doom has left a lasting impact on rap and his music continues to be enjoyed today with over three million monthly listeners on Spotify.
Fans can look forward to the fact that Doom’s family has given permission to release new tracks from his unfinished sequel to Madvillainy, which according to the founder of Stones Throw Records was “85% done”.