01 January 2021 00:37

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H ip hop star MF Doom has died at the age of 49. The rapper and producer, real name Daniel Dumile, was known for his elusive public image and for performing in a mask styled after the Marvel Comics super villain Doctor Doom. His wife Jasmine announced on Thursday that he had died on October 31 in a post on his official artist's page but did not reveal the cause of death. The message on New Year's Eve, which came as a letter addressed to the rapper, said: "The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. WEST END FINAL Essential news, in your inbox 4pm daily Email Sign up Sign up Tick the box to be informed about Evening Standard offers and updates by email.

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See terms here {{message}} {{message}} MF Doom was born in January 1971 in London to a Trinidadian mother and a Zimbabwean father, but moved to Long Island in New York while still a child. He remained a British citizen and had not gained American citizenship at the time of his death. In 1997 he began performing at open-mic events in Manhattan, obscuring his face by putting a woman's stocking over his head. Eventually he began to wear a mask similar to that worn by Doctor Doom, and featured an image of the character on his debut album, Operation: Doomsday Released in 1999 shortly after the demise of his former hip hop group KMD, it was a critical success. His sixth and final solo album came in 2009 with Born Like This, and featured production from frequent collaborator Madlib.

Known for his collaborative projects, MF Doom also recorded full albums with artists including Danger Mouse, Ghostface Killah and Bishop Nehru. Rapper Tyler, The Creator was among those paying tribute. He said: "safe travels villain". Radio presenter Zane Lowe wrote: "Rest In Peace to the great MF Doom. An true Artist who gifted us with eternal innovation and creativity. I was listening to KMD just the other day. Still mind blowing. To have lived in a time..." Fellow rapper Denzel Curry added: "LONG LIVE MF DOOM." © Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo MF Doom, one of US hip-hop scene's most distinctive and respected MCs and producers, has died aged 49. His wife Jasmine posted on his Instagram account: The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, 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. Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be. My world will never be the same without you. Words will never express what you and Malachi mean to me, I love both and adore you always. May THE ALL continue to bless you, our family and the planet. © Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo MF Doom, aka Daniel Dumile, who has died aged 49. Her post indicated he died on 31 October. Gallery: Cultural legends who died in 2020 (dw.com) MF Doom, AKA Daniel Dumile, was born in London in 1971, moving to New York as a child. He had a first flush of success in the early 1990s with the group KMD, signing to major label Elektra Records, but his burgeoning career collapsed with the death of his brother and bandmate DJ Subroc in 1993. Following an itinerant few years living, in his words, "damn near homeless", he returned to music in 1997 and adopted his now-iconic look, a mask similar to Marvel villain Dr Doom which he wore in public ever since; the cover of his debut album that year, Operation Doomsday, depicted him as the comic book character. He later adapted the mask to one worn by a character in the film Gladiator. His most lauded era came in the early noughties, beginning with Take Me To Your Leader under the alias King Geedorah, which again plundered pop culture for samples and moods. He used another alias, Viktor Vaughn, before returning to MF Doom for second album Mm.. Food. In 2004 he created what is widely regarded as his masterpiece album: Madvillainy, produced with cratedigging producer Madlib, a dense, heady, soulful triumph of charismatic lyricism and brilliant sampling, and regarded by many music publications as one of the great albums of the decade. Profile raised, MF Doom embarked on further starry collaborations, including with Danger Mouse on The Mouse and the Mask, and Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah, producing tracks for his albums Fishscale and More Fish. Other partnerships would come with leftfield hip-hop figures like Czarface and Jneiro Jarel, plus Flying Lotus, the Avalanches, and more. More to come…

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