Our condolences to the rapper
MF DOOM isn’t exactly the type to share aspects of his personal life. He’s performed behind a mask and persona for his entire career (and allegedly used stand-ins when he wasn’t feeling up to performing). The dude is largely a mystery.
But Doom briefly dropped the veil yesterday after his 14-year-old son Malachi passed away.
“KING MALACHI EZEKIEL DUMILE 2/22/03 – 12/18/17 THE GREATEST SON ONE COULD ASK FOR,” he wrote on Instagram underneath a photo of his hand holding a wallet photo of his son. “SAFE JOURNEY AND MAY ALL OUR ANCESTORS GREET YOU WITH OPEN ARMS. ONE OF OUR GREATEST INSPIRATIONS. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE YOUR PARENTS. LOVE YOU MALI.”
There’s no details from Doom about the nature of his son’s death. Still, fans shared their condolences underneath the post, taking the rare opportunity to connect with the man behind MF DOOM.
Malachi’s death is another tragic chapter in what’s been a strange year for Doom, even for him. The mysterious rapper has never been known for being prolific, but he set up a series with his frequent partners at Adult Swim to release a regular stream of music. Missing Notebook Rhymes was a vault-digging exercise meant to unearth some of Doom’s lost tracks. A new track was scheduled to come out every week for 15 weeks, but the project was cancelled back in September.
Adult Swim and MF DOOM were both cagey about the details, but the network said that they were ending their relationship with the rapper entirely in a statement to XXL
“Adult Swim is ending our relationship with DOOM, and thus, the remaining Missing Notebook Rhymes will unfortunately have to remain… missing. We are glad to have had the chance to provide the previous free tracks to our fans,” they said.
Rap fans on Reddit noted that many of the tracks that had been released through the series were far from missing. While discussing the end of the series, several commenters pointed out that many of the tracks had been released by Doom in some form or another. Perhaps this miffed the people who paid him for new material to give to his fans. They also pointed out a supposedly hidden track called “It’s All A Lie.”
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DOOM’s disconnect from the real world is well-established. He famously sent impostors to perform in his stead at several shows and doubled down on the decision when people called him out on it.
“Everything that we do is villain style. It might’ve seemed like it didn’t go well, but how do we know that wasn’t just pre-orchestrated so that we’re talking about it now?” he explained in an interview cited by Noisey in their angry response to one such stunt. He continued,
“I tell you one thing: People are asking more now for live shows and I’m charging more, so it must’ve worked somewhere…I tell you one thing: when you come to a Doom show, come expecting to hear music, don’t come expecting to see.”
Check out MF Doom’s emotional tribute to his son up top. What do you think? Are you intrigued by the rare mask drop from the rapper? Are you sad for him? Let us know in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.