The news of MF DOOM’s unexpected death is still sinking in roughly two weeks after his wife made the announcement. On Saturday (January 16), the famous Metal Faced supervillain was a trending Twitter topic after fans learned DOOM’s music was included on President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ inauguration playlist.
The London-born MC never obtained citizenship upon moving to New York City as a baby and largely avoided leaving the country. It didn’t prove to be an issue until he decided to go on a European tour and was denied back into the United States in 2010. He told a news outlet at the time, “I’m done with the United States. It’s no big deal.”
But to DOOM’s American fans, it was a big deal and in 2017, one of his diehards started a Change.org petition to nudge then-President Barack Obama to naturalize DOOM as a U.S. citizen to no avail. But apparently, fans are still looking for someone to blame and Biden, who served as Vice President to Obama in 2010, was an easy target.
Curated by Issa Rae’s Raedio imprint, D-Nice and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the “Biden + Harris 2021 Inauguration Playlist” includes DOOM’s 2004 single “Coffin Nails” from Special Herbs, Vols. 5 & 6 alongside tracks from Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, A Tribe Called Quest and more.
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