AOTY 2022

Born Like This

DOOM - Born Like This
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2009 Ratings: #315 / 895
User Score
2009 Ratings: #55
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club
DOOM still has the sickest vocabulary, broadest frame of reference, and densest, most quotable rhymes in hip-hop.
90
XLR8R

On Born Like This, the latest installment in the DOOM saga unfolds through alliterative lines laced with obscure in-jokes and superlative boasts.

90
Consequence of Sound
When DOOM does what he does, he’s impossible to ignore. He’s fun, he’s impressive, he’s damn entertaining.
86
Coke Machine Glow
It’s a tight record, unencumbered by hooks or skits, beats bursting apart after a minute of flow and reassembling in a bioelectric flash brand new, flow unhitched, anticipating the beats’ rambunctiousness.
80
Pitchfork
Once a prolific indie hip-hop fixture on the verge of reaching a critical and commercial mass, Daniel Dumile finally makes a proper, potent return.
80
The Observer

After a period of workaholism that threatened overkill, followed by a period of hibernation, Born Like This finds DOOM back to his scalpel-tongued, scatter-mouthed best.

76
Paste
More ear-poppers from one of rap's zaniest.
70
Drowned in Sound

Gripes aside, a good chunk of BORN LIKE THIS. shows an angrier, more cynical, and, hell, maybe even better DOOM.

70
Spin

While the album is more a series of word puzzles than a memoir, it does occasionally illuminate the man behind the mask.

70
AllHipHop
Overall, Doom's long-awaited return gives fans the innovative production samples, and off-color lyrics they've come to enjoy from the reclusive super villain.
70
HipHopDX

It is no Doomsday or Madvillainy, but Born Like This is still more than enough to satisfy as DOOM cuts as sharp ever. Even without the metal fingers.

70
Slant Magazine
The album brings DOOM, warts and all, back into our lives, and shouldn’t that be enough?
60
Record Collector
If DOOM’s right, we’re under constant threat, not least from DOOM himself when he unleashes his machine gun flow.
60
XXL

It’s been five years since his last solo effort, MM…Food, but on Born Like This, Doom—hip-hop’s most beloved and elusive cult figure—picks up right where he left off.

60
AllMusic
Deft diction is one thing he's got in spades, but there aren't many lines here that will get burned into your neurons.
60
PopMatters

Born Like This is still a damn fine record, but it’s too inconsistent to do more than simply satisfy your DOOM craving.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Born Like This is simply not as forward-thinking as his best works.

Getoutdakitchen
85

"Born Like This" may not seem all that important in MF DOOM's massive and impressive catalog he assembled over the years, but I see it as DOOM's most mature, honest and personal album, it feels like he takes a moment to focus on himself and his thoughts, while also staying true to his supervillain persona. DOOM's low rapping here is just as good here too, he can flow and rhyme for minutes on end with clever bars, charismatic puns and obscure references, and the production on this ... read more

BGL13
79

overall very good, but a few songs were just decent and batty boyz was horrible

KIDWITHGUNs
93

POWERHOUSE

I like replying to my own reviews

Best: Still Dope, Angelz, Gazzillion Ear, Absolutely, Batty-Boyz, Cellz, Microwave Mayo, More Rhymin', That's That, Suppervillainz

Weakest: Rap Ambush

swampy
80

DOOM's last solo project brings out splendid production, usually phenomenal lyricism and neat features. Favourite tracks: Gazzilion Ear, Rap Ambush, Lightworks, Angelz, Still Dope, Microwave Mayo, That's That

85

under appreciated

SJCTurntable
60

The hiatus Daniel Dumile had taken paid off to a point with this partial return to form on this release. A further indication he had reset his musical journey was the shortening of his alter-ego moniker to simply Doom ahead of the recording of this album. Yet, this project also includes a return to past material utilising instrumentals from previous work and reproducing them with his gifted style of rap. Standout tracks are ‘Gazillion Ear’, ‘Still Dope’ featuring vocals ... read more

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Track List

1Supervillain (Intro)
0:55
79
2Gazzillion Ear
4:14
feat. J Dilla
98
3Ballskin
1:30
88
4Yessir!
2:33
feat. Raekwon
86
5Absolutely
2:43
feat. Madlib
87
6Rap Ambush
1:28
83
7Lightworks
1:52
feat. J Dilla
86
8Batty Boyz
3:16
65
9Angelz
3:05
90
10Cellz
4:21
87
11Still Dope
2:39
84
12Microwave Mayo
2:26
82
13More Rhymin
1:38
80
14That's That
2:15
94
15Supervillainz
2:48
73
16Bumpy's Message
1:35
71
17Thank Ya
1:14
77
Total Length: 40 minutes
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