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Published on July 31st, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


A Look At MF Doom’s July 2021 Street Sign Dedication Ceremony In Long Beach, New York

Daniel Dumile — best known by his stage name MF Doom or simply Doom — was a British-American rapper and record producer. Although major figure of underground hip-hop and alternative hip-hop in the 2000s, Dumile first started making his mark in music as a member of KMD (as “Zev Love X”) in the late 1980s. That work with KMD started when Dumile grew up in Long Beach, New York.

On July 31, 2021, Dumile had his childhood block — East Hudson Street’s block between Riverside Boulevard and Long Beach Road in Long Beach, New York — renamed “KMD-MF DOOM Way.” This was the result of a petition started by Patrick C. Graham, who grew up alongside Dumile. Per Long Beach City Manager Donna M. Gayden in a preparation statement issued to the media: “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 honor in his memory and proud that he called our City home.”

I had the pleasure of attending that ceremony, and highlights of such are embedded below from Instagram. Several posthumous Dumile-related collaborations have been released since his 2020 death, including recordings with Czarface and Old Droog, further keeping his legacy alive.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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