The hip hop community closed 2020 with the shocking news that rapper MF Doom had died of unknown causes at age 49. On December 31, in what started off to read as a dedication, a post was shared on MF Doom’s verified Instagram account with a message from his wife, Jasmine, revealing the masked rap icon passed away on October 31. Since the news of his passing, in the space of social media, several tributes have emitted from fans and fellow artists, including Busta Rhymes, Yasiin Bey and MC Serch. Busta Rhymes, who worked with MF Doom in 1991 on the KMD “Nitty Gritty” Remix featuring Brand Nubian, penned a heartfelt post on Instagram, ultimately thanking the late rapper for pioneering a sense of freedom for the emcees of the nineties. Members of the legendary rap group Brand Nubian paid tribute on Instagram with posts seared in nostalgic moments. Under the moniker Zev Love X and as a member of the hip hop group KMD, MF Doom was signed to Elektra Records, which was also home to Brand Nubian. Lord Jamar revealed that the late rapper reached out to him about collaborating with he and Ghostface Killa. Former Tommy Boy and Elektra A&R executive Dante Ross, who signed KMD in 1991, recalled the work of MF Doom as being a creative emblem for Black men. Ross delved into his history with KMD and highlighted his gratitude for their bond in an Instagram post. Together, Doom and Ghostface Killa collaborated on the album “Doomstark.” Since then, the singles “Victory Laps” and “Lively Hood” have been released. Ghostface also took to Instagram to lament Doom’s passing. Wu Tang Clan’s Inspecta Deck paid tribute via Instagram as well. Under the stage name Zev Love X, Doom’s recording career began with a special guest appearance on the 3rd Bass track “The Gas Face.” MC Serch took to Instagram to pay tribute and recalled his history with KMD and bond with MF Doom. Yasiin Bey, who revealed in 2019 that he has unreleased music from MF Doom in the vaults, took to his Instagram and shared a 2014 clip, where Bey is seen doing his own freestyle cover of Madvillain’s “All Caps.” Lupe Fiasco deemed MF Doom a “master” in a Twitter post, where he tweeted a proposal for current rappers to start referring to similes as “dumiles” in honor of MF Doom’s signature style. Fiasco also shared his own freestyle of “Crosshairs” from the “Dangerdoom” album.