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In the wake of the untimely passing of MF DOOM, rappers have begun sharing their audio tributes to the masked villain.
On New Year’s Eve, the hip-hop community was shattered by the sudden news of the death of the legendary MF DOOM. The late rapper’s wife, Jasmine, announced that DOOM died on October 31st, 2020. Since receiving the news, tributes have poured in from fans to rappers who worked with the masked villain himself.
What’s been really inspiring is seeing rappers do their own mini DOOM tributes. These tributes have been a mix of rappers doing freestyles where they imitate DOOM’s whimsical style and covers of some the legendary rapper’s most iconic songs.
From Yasiin Bey to Open Mike Eagle, here are how rappers are honoring the great MF DOOM.
Yasiin Bey posted a video covering DOOM’s “All Caps” from 2014.
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.”
Thanx DOOM…I learned so much from you about the art of rapping. Studied and analyzed you for years as recently as a few days ago. I wish I could’ve met you to tell you that. ❤️🙏🏾…here’s some raps…rest easy…Amin… pic.twitter.com/1njyEArfzT
— TAPE TAPE & HOUSE EP NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) January 1, 2021
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.
Chicago rapper Joseph Chilliams dropped his own freestyle, rapping “raised by DOOM every day I ate MM..FOOD.”
I WAS RAISED BY DOOM EVERYDAY I ATE MM..FOOD pic.twitter.com/WGP9V6Zduz
— Urban Joseph (@JosephChilliams) January 3, 2021
Inspired by Open Mike Eagle and Chilliams, Boston rapper Michael Christmas dropped his own freestyle, adding that DOOM was the “greatest of all time.”
Haven’t been able to write shit, listen to or think about shit without thinking about DOOM and the homie said write about him. I was inspired by @JosephChilliams & @Mike_Eagle to rap about our hero. Here’s some fleeting thoughts inspired by the best. DOOM. Thanks for everything pic.twitter.com/hwsRbt4vUl
— Michael Christmas (@MickeyChristmas) January 4, 2021
Heems added his own freestyle on Instagram, rapping while showcasing a photo of DOOM.
Stretch and Bobbito
While this is not a freestyle, would be remiss to not mention that Stretch and Bobbito shared a really cool throwback. It’s a rip of DOOM’s 1997 return to the iconic show as a solo artist. Stay tuned for more rare content from the two.
Would an online club in which we shared hi quality excerpts from our 90s radio show be of interest to you? With regular drops of things like MF DOOM returning to the airwaves as a solo artist for the 1st time on April 24, 1997: https://t.co/T3cKCFzd7D DL now or lose it.
— StretchandBobbito (@StretchandBob) January 1, 2021
Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman
On Friday, Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman (who rap together under the stage name Lice) came together to drop “Ask Anyone,” a tribute over the “Datura Stramonium” instrumental. The track originally appears on MF DOOM’s Special Herbs 9 & 0.
Rappers, keep your MF DOOM tributes coming!