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A Street Sweeper In Richmond, Virginia Has Been Named After MF DOOM

The city of Richmond, Virginia has landed on the name of MF BROOM for their new bike lane street sweeper, a nod to the late MF DOOM.

Richmond, Virginia is introducing a new bike lane street sweeper, landing on the name “MF BROOM” as a tribute to MF DOOM. Using a March Madness-style bracket, community organization Venture Richmond crowdsourced possible names for the street sweeper, including “LeBroom James,” “The Grim Sweeper,” “Kate Brush,” “Meryl Sweep,” “Dirt Reynolds,” “Bike Dyson” and, of course, MF BROOM. The name, a nod to the late Madvillainy rapper, won with 59% of votes and beat out The Grim Sweeper, which came in second with 41% of votes.

“We crowdsourced name ideas, you voted, and the name of the new @DPW_RichmondVAbike lane sweeper is… MF BROOM,” Venture Richmond tweeted on Friday (August 5). The city will also host an upcoming naming ceremony for the street sweeper, over a year after DOOM was honored with “KMD-MF DOOM Way” in Long Beach, New York last June.

The announcement comes one month after what would have been the rapper’s 51st birthday, when fans and former collaborators flocked to social media to praise “Metal Face.”

The late rapper will have a posthumous appearance on Black Thought and Danger Mouse’s collaborative album Cheat Codes which releases on August 12. DOOM’s life and legacy will also be chronicled in the forthcoming Astra House biographyThe Chronicles of Doom: Unraveling Rap’s Masked Iconoclast, by journalist and author S.H. Fernando Jr. According to the publishing house, the book is a “sweeping and definitive biography” that will “recount the rise, fall, redemption and untimely demise of one of Hip Hop’s most enigmatic and influential figures.”

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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