The residents of Richmond, Virginia have honored the late MF DOOM by naming the sweeper MF BROOM.
The New York rapper and producer, who died in 2020, received the posthumous tribute after coming first in a public nominations contest.
Community organization Venture Richmond handled the nomination by gathering ideas from city residents and organizing a Twitter poll.
As well as MF BROOM, Kate Brush, Meryl Sweep, Dirt Reynolds, LeBroom James and The Grim Sweeper were the other names that could be on the sweep, the latter of which made it to the final round of voting before losing 59 % to 41%. MF broom.
“The people have spoken!” Venture Richmond tweeted. “We crowdsourced comments, you voted, and @DPW_RichmondVA’s new bike lane sweeper is named… MF BROOM.” According to Venture Richmond, the city of Richmond will even host a naming ceremony for the street sweeper, with details to be announced soon. “Until then, enjoy your clean bike lanes!”
MF DOOM, whose real name was Daniel Dumile, has received other honors. Last year, a street in Long Beach, New York, was officially renamed in his memory.
Called “KMD – MF DOOM Way,” the street runs between Long Beach Boulevard and Riverside Boulevard, where the rapper and his brother, Dingilizwe, spent their childhood. The “KMD” part of their name refers to the hip-hop group DOOM founded in the 90s by Dingilizwe (aka DJ Subroc).
Thom Yorke also shared a new remix of the late rapper’s ‘Gazzillion Ear’.
Meanwhile, an extensive new biography of MF DOOM is underway.
The news was confirmed in May by publisher Astra House, who announced that the biography, titled The Chronicles of DOOM: Unraveling Rap’s Masked Iconoclast, is being written by veteran music journalist SH Fernando Jr.