> Just remember ALL CAPS when you spell the man name
Madvillainy is maybe the best hiphop album of all time. I go back and listen to it often and always find something new.
+1 on changing the post title to all caps. This news also probably deserves a black bar. MF DOOM was the greatest lyricist in hiphop and influenced a generation or more of artists.
RIP MF DOOM, Viktor Vaughn, and King Geedorah.
Because it's a scream, and all caps are a way to express screaming in text.
"Just remember ALL CAPS when you spell the man name"
"He write "VIK" in a sick demented handstyle" -Viktor Vaughn (another alias), Raedawn.
“DOOM, all capitals, no trick spellin'”
“Got what it take to get it through your thick melon”
I love that video where mos def is just reciting DOOM lyrics like a kid in a candy store: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTBIvIDnnv8
Some lyrics like 'Living off borrowed, the clock ticks faster' from Accordian stand out more or take on a different meaning to me now.
King Geedorah - Take me to your leader 
Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain [also 2003]
If you haven't heard these yet I highly recommend checking them out.
His music was a huge part of my early adult years and this news was a surprising and sad way to end the year :(
Dangerdoom - MF DOOM and DJ Danger Mouse https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjyAiNZYWkGYdV_OWY3n9...
KMD - Zeb Love X (MF DOOM) and DJ Subroc
Thank you DOOM for your unique and creative views on life and your perseverance through unforeseeable tragedy. Listening to Black Bastards and then Operation Doomsday is like watching a person's sanity snap in a moment before your eyes - but from the ashes emerged the Metal Faced master. We all wear our masks, some are just shiner than others.
Some personal favorites-
Gorillaz - November Has Come https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGc9mgpvtxU
MF DOOM - Microwave Mayonnaise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHmiQvNzLdc
OMEGAH RED ft. MF DOOM and RZA - Books of War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTCp0kJYF30
The extremely distinctive MARTA train sample in 'Lickupon' actually makes me cri evrytiem as a native Georgian who misses Atlanta a lot https://youtu.be/gupcleKD5dw?t=144
(Skip to 9:31 if the link doesn't take you there automatically)
I have to admit that this was really hard for me to process at first, and it will probably be that way for a while. I think this is the first time an artist I love so much has passed away. His music buoyed me through hard times and gave color to happy times.
Best wishes to his family, and those who knew him and worked with him closely. Undoubtedly he has left a beautiful and inscrutable mark on this world, and the world is better for it.
> that's what my tomb will say
> Right above my government; Dumile
> Either unmarked or engraved, hey, who's to say?
> Ever since the womb ‘til I'm back to the essence
> Read it off the tomb
> Either engraved or unmarked grave, who's to say?
> He hold his heart when he telling rhyme
> When it's his time, I hope his soul go to Heaven
> He nasty like the old time Old No. 7
His Wikipedia page therefore suffered fairly persistent revert-wars until it was recently made semi-protected.
Here it is if anyone is interested.
His music helped me find a big part of who I am.
For me Four Tet's remixs of Great day and Money folder were as close to perfect as I've heard.
MF DOOM created great music that I'm sure a decent bit of HN users who haven't heard of him would enjoy.
MF DOOM was one of the greats. One of the only reasons I could get into hip hop. Really heartbreaking.
This thought reminds me of Utah Phillips in Ani DiFranco's song "Bridges":
> Fifties, sixties, seventies, nineties, that whole idea of decade packages. Things don’t happen that way. The Vietnam War heated up in 1965 and ended in 1975. Well, what’s that got to do with decades? No, that packaging of time is a journalistic convenience that they use to trivialize and to dismiss important events and important ideas. I defy that.
(And I say this having myself just told a family member that I'm sure people everywhere are happy for 2020 to be over.)
It's not so much a loss as it is a chance to celebrate what still remains, and to not take it for granted or keep expecting more.
For anyone reading this news, MF DOOM's work takes on a new life as people come to experience it for themselves, for the first time.
Crazy to think MF had passed away when I wrote this comment: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25026544
RIP MF DOOM
I don't want to speculate on causation but his son died a couple years ago too :( https://www.xxlmag.com/mf-doom-son-passes-away/
I was a little surprised how much DOOM I listened to on Spotify in 2020. I two tracks from MM...FOOD in my top 20 (the other was Guinnesses (feat. Angelika & 4ize) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MW4d-Cp19E), and some collaborations (J Dilla, Avalanches/Danny Brown) farther down the list.
This is sad. I didn't even know his real name (Daniel Dumile), nor that he was actually British (mostly raised in NY). Weird to mourn the passing of someone you've never met and barely knew anything about, but he was only 49. Like a friend of mine once said in response to another artist's death: "something that brought me joy has disappeared from this world." He will be missed.
Class ical slapstick
rappers need chapstick
Only in America could you find a way to earn a healthy buck
and still keep your attitude on self destruct.
A villain in your land, in his land, a ruler.
Off to get our wigs twisted back, within reason.
I remember finding out about his kid dying a bit after it happened. Mainly because every few months I'd check in to see if there's any word on anything new coming out - things had come to a bit of a lull. Then around a year after his kids death, once again checking back in for anything new - I'd seen somebody say something along the lines of "His teen son fucking died man. For all we know, he could seriously want nothing to do with rapping anymore after such a big and shitty life event"
For whatever reason, that logic definitely struck a chord with me. Pretty much cut my expectations for new material and left me with being thankful for everything he'd made.
While I'd enjoy knowing the cause of death, I respect the privacy of his family more and understand it may never come out.