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Busta Rhymes paid tribute to his late friend and collaborator MF DOOM as "a God MC and incredible human being".

The rap legend - whose real name was Daniel Dumile - passed away on October 31, according to a statement by his wife Jasmine on December 31.

DOOM, aka Zev Love X, Metalface and King Geedorah, worked with Busta frequently since their 1991 track "Nitty Gritty Remix" with the former's group KMD.

Busta admitted he is struggling to come to terms with the devastating loss of the beloved rapper - who was just 49.

Alongside a video of their 2016 track "In The Streets" - which also featured The Chicago Kid - Busta began his lengthy post on Instagram: "Rest easy on levels that words can't describe @MFDOOM."

He continued:

"It has taken me days to come terms with this enough to type about it and I still can't believe it or come to terms with it. I'm completely f**ked up by the loss of this God MC & incredible human being!! Over 30 years of friendship & brotherhood almighty!! I wanted to believe this was another elaborate scheme by the great Whodini MF DOOM himself but this time I have received the confirmations that it wasn't."

On DOOM's legacy, Busta added: "This has meant something to our culture that no other MC has because he figured out something that none of us before him and that was to be completely free!!!"

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DOOM suffered a devastating loss when his beloved 14-year-old son died of unknown causes. The rapper announced his son's death on Dec. 18, 2017.

"KING MALACHI EZEKIEL DUMILE 2/22/03 – 12/18/17 The greatest son one could ask for. Safe journey and may all our ancestors greet you with open arms. One of our greatest inspirations. ‘Thank you for allowing us to be your parents. Love you, Mali."

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Doom also lost his brother Dingilizwe Dumile, aka KMD's DJ Subroc, who was killed as he crossed a busy highway in New York in 1993.

KMD was dropped from the record label the same week Subroc died.

KMD was best known for their bubblegum rap song "Peachfuzz," featuring 3rd Bass and Grand Puba on the xylophone.

 

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Rapper MF DOOM passed away on October 31 at age 49. His wife Jasmine revealed the iconic British born rapper's death on Instagram on Dec. 31.

Jasmine wrote:

"The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family. Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be."

No cause of death was disclosed, but the internet says he committed suicide because he never got over the death of his beloved 14-year-old son King Malachi Ezekiel Dumile.

DOOM, who was born Daniel Dumile, announced his son's death on December 18, 2017, writing:

"KING MALACHI EZEKIEL DUMILE 2/22/03 – 12/18/17 The greatest son one could ask for. Safe journey and may all our ancestors greet you with open arms. One of our greatest inspirations. ‘Thank you for allowing us to be your parents. Love you, Mali."

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Tributes poured in for MF DOOM on social media from fellow rappers including DJ Premier, Tyler the Creator, Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest and Jay Electronica.

"RIP to another Giant your favorite MC’s MV .. MF DOOM!! crushing news...," Q-Tip tweeted. While Tyler the Creator wrote: "Safe travels villain."

And music streaming website Spotify tweeted: "All caps when you spell the man name. R.I.P. MF DOOM."

DOOM began his career in 1988 as Zev Love X in the rap trio KMD. DOOM's brother Dingilizwe Dumile, aka KMD's Subroc, was killed in 1993.

Rapper Danny Brown shared a video clip of DOOM from his KMD days, speaking about politics and the importance of voter registration.