MF DOOM's Life Story Set For Upcoming Biography

By Kiani Shabazz

A biography on the late, great MF DOOM is currently in the works. New York-based publisher Astra House announced on Monday (May 16) that they have acquired worldwide rights to the book, which is set to be released in 2024.

Written by veteran music journalist S.H. Fernando Jr., The Chronicles of Doom: Unraveling Rap’s Masked Iconoclast is “a sweeping and definitive biography” that will “recount the rise, fall, redemption and untimely demise of one of Hip Hop’s most enigmatic and influential figures.”

Fernando Jr.’s other works include the Wu-Tang Clan biography From the Streets of Shaolin: The Wu-Tang Saga, which arrived last August, as well as 1994’s The New Beats: Exploring the Music, Culture, and Attitudes of Hip Hop.

Astra House’s senior editor Danny Vazquez said he “could not be more excited” to publish The Chronicles of Doom. 

“[MF DOOM]’s story has been recounted endlessly on the internet,” Vazquez said. “Amateur music historians have tried and failed, time and time again, to tell his complete story.

“S.H. Fernando is here to tell that story — from KMD to Adult Swim to the villain’s final chapter escaping death in the public eye for two whole months before it was announced in the most sensational fashion on New Year’s Eve 2020.”

Daniel “MF DOOM” Dumile emerged in the early 90s, initially performing under the moniker Zev Love X as part of the rap group KMD. The group’s trajectory was unfortunately cut short due to the sudden death of DOOM’s brother DJ Subroc. The group’s controversial sophomore album, Black Bastards, was shelved, not being released until 2000. 

Dumile would rebrand himself as the vengeful rap supervillain MF DOOM with his 1999 solo debut album Operation: Doomsday.  The emcee would go on to grow a cult following in the underground Hip-Hop world. He would cement himself as alternative Hip-Hop royalty with his following albums Mm.. Food and the Madlib assisted Madvilliany. 

The 49-year-old left behind a trail of influence that touched not only peers such as Ghostface Killah, Busta Rhymes, and Yasiin Bey (f.k.a. Mos Def) but younger rap stars, including Earl Sweatshirt and Joey Bada$$.