Dr Patrick C. Graham - a former schoolmate of the rapper, born Daniel Dumile - pushed for the street to be renamed in his honour. He spoke about the success of his lobbying, speaking to HipHopDX, saying:
“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 of our generation, 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,”
Graham went on to explain the names being considered for the street:
“Right now, there’s discussion instead of just ‘KMD-MF DOOM WAY,’ there’s going to be some indication of his actual government name.”
Long Beach City Manager Donna M. Gayden also spoke about MF DOOM lasting impact on rap music, saying:
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“Daniel Dumile, or MF DOOM, left an indelible mark on the music industry and on the lives of people across the globe, Long Beach is proud to bestow this honour in his memory and proud that he called our City home.”
Many fans were outraged earlier this year when the rapper was included in Joe Biden's Inauguration playlist, after DOOM was denied entry back into the US after going on a European tour in 2010, under Biden and Obama's administration.
DOOM passed away last year on Halloween, with his death being announced on New Year’s Eve.
Tope Olufemi is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow them on Twitter