A street in Long Beach, New York is set to be named after MF DOOM.
It comes six months after a Change.org petition was launched by Dr. Patrick Graham to rename the block between Riverside Boulevard and Long Beach Road on East Hudson Street in Long Beach after the late rapper, real name Daniel Dumile, who grew up in the city. According to Graham – who represents the ‘KMD-MF DOOM Way’ Committee – Long Beach City Council has officially approved the request.
“I had several community members contact me to see if I could get engaged with it,” said Dr Graham. “I used to run the Martin Luther King Center there, so I still have a close connection to the community. I was born and raised there, went to high school with Dumile. So I said give me a minute and I’ll craft a letter to the City Council based on how I see it and then converted that letter into a petition. The group said they loved it and we moved forward.”
“I’m just happy this is happening because it’s not only a victory for Dumile’s legacy, but it’s also about showing that community our generation,” continued Graham. “It is a way for people to see a symbol of our generation and our impact, particularly in a community that’s gentrifying pretty fast.”
The date for the official unveiling KMD-MF DOOM Way is yet to be confirmed.
MF Doom passed away on October 31st, aged 49. The artist’s death was confirmed on the 31st December in a statement shared to social media by his family. No cause of death has been revealed.
In January, it was announced that the long-anticipated sequel to MF DOOM and Madlib’s 2004 album ‘Madvillainy’ was “85% done” at the time of the iconic artist’s death. Musician, producer and Brainfeeder head, Flying Lotus, also recently revealed that he had been working on an EP with the iconic and enigmatic rapper.
Last month, The Avalanches shared an MF DOOM remix of their song ‘Tonight May Have to Last Me All My Life’.