An icon, one of the greatest to ever do it has passed on. Well-known for his intellect, wit, and intricate rhyme scheme, Dumile established himself as one of the most skilled orators of the genre. However, there’s one thing that made his legend more recognizable than anyone else: his mask. This is what made Daniel Dumile, MF DOOM

To understand MF DOOM, you have to understand the mask and the story behind it.

DOOM proved that being a rapper isn’t about chains or clout but the pursuance of true artistry. In a 2009 New Yorker article, he told writer Ta-Nehisi Coates that the mask “came out of necessity.”

“I wanted to get onstage and orate, without people thinking about the normal things people think about. Like girls being like, ‘Oh, he’s sexy,’ or ‘I don’t want him, he’s ugly,’ and then other dudes sizing you up,” Dumile said. “A visual always brings a first impression. But if there’s going to be a first impression I might as well use it to control the story. So why not do something like throw a mask on?”

Mask on, MF DOOM established himself as the most confusing and intriguing godfather of hip hop. And even in death, he remains, unequivocally, one of the most influential and brilliant MCs of all time.

Rest in peace, MF DOOM.

Source : Highsnobiety