Open Mike Eagle has paid tribute to the late MF DOOM with a touching freestyle called “For DOOM.”
On the track, Mike reflects on DOOM’s influence on the rap game and on his own career. Over an Illingsworth-produced beat, the Chicago native recalls the moments that DOOM impacted him, starting with the first time he heard “Peachfuzz” by the rapper’s ’90s hip-hop trio KMD, all the way up to the moment he learned of his death.
Mike also references two of his own songs, “Phantoms” and “Police Myself,” which were produced by MF DOOM in 2018 and 2019, respectively. “Got two songs with you but only spoke to a go-between / Was still proud as fuck to reach ground zero / Cuz who the fuck ever gets to rock with their heroes?” he spits.
The freestyle dropped alongside a video which features Mike recording the freestyle in the studio. The clip ends with the rapper holding up a photo of DOOM while rhyming: “I memorized your lyrics and seen every interview / I look into the eyes of the piece… he ain’t really you!”
DOOM passed away in late October 2020, but his death was only made public by his wife on New Year’s Eve. The rapper has since received tributes from the likes of Tyler, the Creator, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Electronica and more.
Watch the “For DOOM” freestyle below: