MF DOOM. All caps only. The self-created vaudeville villain and masked rapper passed away on October 31, 2020. The rapper’s death was made official 31st December 2020 after his wife posted on Instagram about it. The cause of death is yet to be disclosed.
The late rapper’s music saw an 870 per cent increase in streams among primarily U.S. listeners. Guess it’s true when Kimberley Perry sang “funny when you’re gone how people start listening.”
A Number Surge In Streams
This week, it was reported that U.S. listeners streamed MF DOOM’s tracks 25.4 million times in the week between December 31 2020 and January 5 2021. 8.8 million of those streams reportedly occurred on January 1 2021 alone.
MF DOOM’s music had been streamed 2.6million times in the US during the six days prior.
MF DOOM’s song downloads and album sales also increased significantly from December 31, 2020, to January 5 2021, growing 2,879 percent and 1,264 percent, respectively, compared to figures recorded from December 25-30, 2020. ‘Rap Snitch Knishes’ is the rapper’s best performing song from December 5th 2020 to January 1 2021.
‘Madvillainy’, the rapper’s only studio album under that name, has also re-entered the Billboard Album Charts for the first time since 2014. The LP has recorded a new peak, charting at Number 73.
Our Favorite Rapper’s Favourite Rapper
Many famous musicians expressed their sorrow at MF DOOM’s sudden demise. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke said, “he was a massive inspiration to all of us.” And that “the way he put words was often shocking in its genius.”
There were many rappers who have claimed that MF DOOM, real name Daniel Dumile, was an inspiration for them. Artists like Childish Gambino, Drake, Joey BadA$$ and Mos Def are some of the rappers who have spoken about DOOM in their songs, interviews, etc.
Though he may have left us too soon, MF DOOM has certainly left behind an inspiring and wonderful legacy.
By: Aatira Kakroo