- The artist’s personality and disguise endure in an era where famous hip-hop stars captivate fans with their image, identity, and authentic life story.
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The mysterious rapper and producer MF Doom was announced on Instagram by his widow Jasmine Dumile. The news shocked the broad community of Doom fans that went beyond hip-hop. No cause of death or explanation has been revealed as to why this became known two months later – but mysterious circumstances seem fitting for a character who wears a masked metallic mask and spends his career creating alter egos.
As a teenager, Dumile started rapping with his younger brother Dingilizwe (DJ Subroc) under the name Zev Love X. Their KMD graffiti team name was changed to rap trio in 1988.
The following year, De La Soul’s Long Island counterparts released their critically acclaimed LP 3 Feet High and Rising, proving a good market for esoteric hip-hop and a genre-defining akin to KMD.
Dumile’s guest verse to the cult classic “The Gas Face” by 3rd Bass also won a special KMD exhibition and prompted legendary A&R representative Dante Ross to sign the band with Elektra Records. Unfortunately, Onyx, the Birthstone Kid, replaced the original third member Rodan before the trio signed on.
In 1991 KMD released their debut album, Hood. It was light and lively, full of political content and youthful enthusiasm. Unfortunately, Onyx left the group while the brothers were working on their second release, Black Bastards.
Their voices changed dramatically as fitting for a character who wears a masked metallic mask and spends his career creating alter egos. they switched from devout Muslims to drinking and experimenting with psychedelics. In the new music, they have doubled down on social justice and carved it deeply into the history of American racism.