MF Doom, real name Daniel Dumile, was a mysterious, talented, and influential figure in the world of hip-hop. Today, on July 13, 1971, he was born. His impact on the genre can hardly be overstated. Known for his complex wordplay, cryptic persona, and unique production, Doom’s style pushed the boundaries of what rap can be. Doom’s importance lies not only in his lyrical abilities but also in his approach to storytelling. He possessed multiple alter egos, such as Viktor Vaughn and King Geedorah, crafting narratives that brought listeners in. His rhyme schemes and dense references displayed his intellect and made him a popular figure among both fans and artists. Source: Roger Kisby / Getty Unfortunately, MF Doom passed away on October 31, 2020. However, his death was announced by his family on December 31, 2020. The news came as a shock to fans and the hip-hop community. Doom was known for his secretive personality and had kept his passing private for two months. Doom’s passing left a void in the music world, and his legacy as an amazing artist and lyrical genius continues to live on. Source: Peter Kramer / Getty Many rappers, producers, and fans continue to draw inspiration from his creative approach, cementing his legacy. Check out some of MF Doom’s music below!