- 13 Jan 21
A cause of death for the rap star (real name Daniel Dumile) is yet to be revealed publicly. Known for his intricate wordplay, signature metal mask, and "supervillain" stage persona, the British-American rapper became a major figure of underground hip-hop in the 2000s.
Streams of rap hero MF DOOM’s music increased by 870 percent following news of his death, according to MRC Data.
On December 31st, 2020, it was revealed that the rapper and producer had passed away on Halloween - with the cause of death yet to be confirmed by his family.
MRC Data has now reported that US listeners streamed MF DOOM’s tracks 25.4 million times in the week between December 31st, 2020 and January 5th, 2021.
8.8 million of those streams reportedly occurred on January 1st, 2021 alone.
The late rapper’s music had been streamed 2.6 million times in the US during the six days prior.
MF DOOM’s song downloads and album sales also increased significantly from December 31 to January 5th, growing 2,879 per cent and 1,264 per cent, respectively, compared to figures recorded from December 25-30.
‘Rapp Snitch Knishes’ was the artist's best-performing song, having been streamed 1.5 million times between December 31st to January 5th.
Madvillainy, the rapper’s sole studio album under that name, has also re-entered the Billboard Album Charts for the first time in seven years - charting at Number 73.
MF DOOM had almost completed the sequel to Madvillainy before his death, according to the founder of the label which released the iconic Madvillain record.
Lupe Fiasco, Thom Yorke, Open Mike Eagle and Busta Rhymes were among those to pay tribute to MF DOOM following news of his passing.
Dublin rapper Rejjie Snow supported the masked hip hop legend back in 2012, and released the track 'Cookie Chips' featuring MF DOOM and Cam O'bi late last year.