The late rapper MF Doom’s rhyme book has been stolen, according to his widow Jasmine Dumile who tells Complex it’s “illegally” in possession of music executive Eothen ‘Egon’ Alapatt.
Alapatt, president and founder of Now-Again Records, reportedly met the now deceased rapper 20 years ago while working as the general manager of Stone Throw Records. This label released DOOM’s collaborative project Madvillainy with Madlib.
“We can confirm Eothen ‘Egon’ Alapatt is illegally in possession of rhyme books owned by MF DOOM,” Dumile told the publication.
“There have been many unsuccessful attempts to get these back prior to DOOM’s passing. We had hoped after DOOM transitioned Egon would do the right thing and return the books to the family but he has continued to ignore these requests. Unfortunately, Egon is not the only former associate abusing the likeness, art and life’s work of DOOM, more will be said at the appropriate time.”
It’s unclear how the exec retrieved the book.
Egon continues to find himself in more heat with artists as Talib Kweli blasted the exec on social media, accusing him of blocking the release of Black Star’s most recent album in addition to taking advantage of Black artists.
Kweli screenshotted an email from Egon dated July 20, 2022, where the music executive wrote he wants to “cease all communication” with Kweli.
“Today all I want to know is why Egon stole MF DOOM rhyme book and refuses to give it back to DOOM family, even after MF DOOM passed away,” Kweli captioned.
“MF DOOM officiated this mans wedding FOR FREE, but then later stopped rocking with him because of his devil ways. Someone tag now again and asking Egon why he stole MF DOOM rhyme book, he got me blocked. The era of the culture vulture is OVER.”