Published Jan 27, 2021Since it was revealed late last year that the iconic masked rapper MF DOOM had passed away in October, Canadian artists like Cadence Weapon, Backxwash and more have paid tribute. Now, a Toronto artist has honoured the late legend in his own way, with a massive mural in the city's Chinatown district.
Visual artist Moises Frank has, with the help of fellow interdisciplinary artist Javid Jah, painted a sprawling mural at a Spadina Avenue graffiti supply store, the Toronto Collective.
The painting covers the back alley of Toronto Collective's store in the south-east block of Spadina and College Street. "Dedicated to my childhood hip-hop hero, the super-villain," Frank wrote in an Instagram post, "#ripdoom."
Since his passing, MF DOOM's streaming catalogue saw an increase of approximately 870 percent between December 31 and January 5. Exclaim! recently unearthed a 2004 face-to-face conversation with DOOM about the making of Madvillainy, meeting 2Pac and more.
See some of Frank's process below, and check it out in person at the Toronto Collective.