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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.


 

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Old school rapper Busta Rhymes (left) showed off his dramatic weight loss on Instagram after fellow rapper T.I. (right) dissed him as too old to battle rap.

Busta, who has a new album coming out, asked T.I. to battle him on Verzuz. But T.I. turned him down flat, saying, "I salute and respect Busta a whole lot. I just think the generational gap might be just a little too much."

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Busta responded, saying "age don't make no difference, and "it don't matter when you came out. I know people that been out before me that I put out more albums than them after I came out after them. This ain't got nothing to do about generation."

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The 48-year-old rapper, born Trevor George Smith Jr., continued:

"Just let the world know truly that you don't want this bust a** that you was about to get. It's okay. Cause, see, the difference between me and you, my brother, and we're both kings. I'm actually a god."

Busta then took to Instagram to share before and photos after working out in the gym to prove he's never too old to compete with the younger generation.

He captioned the photos:

"DON'T EVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF!! LIFE BEGINS RIGHT NOW!!! MY DEDICATION IS DIFFERENT!! I WOULD NEVER PUT OUT AN ALBUM AND NOT BE IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!! I RESPECT MYSELF TOO MUCH AND I RESPECT Y’ALL TOO MUCH!!! I’M ONLY HERE TO INSPIRE!!"

 

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Flava Flav is a father for the 8th time. A DNA test confirms the famed Public Enemy rapper is the father of a child with his former personal assistant Kate Gammell.
 

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Gammell will now petition the court to order Flava, real name William Jonathan Drayton Jr., to provide generous child support for herself and her 2-month-old son, Jordan.

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The 60-year-old Pisces is best known as the hype man for Chuck D, 59, and the iconic hip-hop group Public Enemy.

Flava went on to make a name for himself as one of the pioneers of early reality competition television shows.

Flava fathered three children with Karen Ross and three more kids with Angie Parker. He also has a young son, Karma, with Elizabeth Trujillo.

In addition to starring in WEtv's Growing Up Hip-Hop: New York, Flava Flav graduated from culinary school and worked in several restaurants.

Gammell's pregnancy was documented on Growing Up Hip-Hop, leading to speculation that her pregnancy is made-for-TV.

Flava previously denied he was the father of little Jordan.

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Lil Kim is not at all insulted that Beyonce Knowles-Carter has repeatedly jacked her "Queen Bee" alias over the years.

The original Queen Bee says the hotel lobby singer is welcome to call herself "queen bey" because she's earned the title.

"I feel like Beyonce rightfully so has the right to call herself Queen Bee as well. Her name is Bey-once."

 

The 45-year-old Brooklyn MC was honored when Beyonce and her husband, Jay-Z, dressed up as her and Notorious BIG for Halloween in 2017.

"Lil Kim Appreciation. Hip Hop would not be the same without our original Queen B," Kim wrote on her website.

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But Kim has no love for Beyonce's "disrespectful" fans.

"I feel like some of her fans that's disrespectful. 'Cause some of them be like 'Y'all both the queen bees.' Some of her fans are so respectful and some of them just give it up. 'Cause she even did. She was like the original Queen Bey, and that was love to me."

Kim says she was the original beehive before Beyonce's fans jacked it.

"That was me, and then I had a group… That was my whole thing. I was the beehive. My fans kind of adapted the name. It's so funny because even back then my fans would run up like, 'I'm beehive! I'm a part of the beehive!' They would be following me and they would all come to my concerts, and they would wear shirts with the bees on them and say they were the beehive.

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Lil Kim's debut studio album, Hard Core (1996), set the standard for female rappers from MC Lyte to Nicki Minaj to follow. The album was certified double platinum and sold over 6 million copies.

It was on her debut album that Kim first referenced herself as the "bee" in her single "Queen Bitch".

"You wanna bumble with the bee?" She rapped on Puff Daddy's all-star track "All About The Benjamins" in 1997.

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But Kim says she doesn't mind Beyonce laying claim to the queen bee title because Kim prefers the title "icon".

"Oh my goodness, I love the word icon," Kim told The NY Post after receiving the I Am Hip Hop Award for career achievement at the BET Hip Hop Awards last month. "I love it. I embrace it. I'm happy to own it. I like inspiring other women. I love it — 'cause other women have inspired me."

Bushwick Bill, founder of legendary rap group The Geto Boys, is battling stage 4 cancer of the pancreas. The 52-year-old told TMZ that he was diagnosed in February, after doctors found a mass on his pancreas that they initially believed was benign (non-cancerous).

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