Born Like This by MF DOOM

Who knew that MF DOOM was English? Maybe everybody but me. Anyway Born Like This was the sixth studio album from the legendary rapper and keeps up the quality of his work found in albums like Madvillainy which have since passed into legend status. It is star studded with production by the likes of Madlib and J Dilla and guest spots from Ghostface Killah and Raekwon.

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Born Like This by MF DOOM
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9/10 Brett 18 March 2009
Metal fingered mofo MF DOOM has dropped the MF but kept the DOOM (all caps!) on Born Like This, his first LP in four years.. Time was when he was shitting out about ten a month. It's far too early too speculate about how exactly this compares to the best records he's been involved with but I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up crawling up towards Vaudeville Villain and Madvillainy in many people's personal DOOM charts. The formula's pretty much the same: a couple of brilliantly chosen samples repeated in a rough and ready mix underneath his honeyed tones, telling tales that continue to build on his own mythology and comment on society in general while managing to be surreal, dirty and comical all at the same time. And all without any hint of a chorus, of course. Despite the extended absence he's obviously in a bit of a confident place, building a track on a sample of ESG's 'UFO' could have tits up since it's been used in countless songs down the years but somehow 'Yessir!' comes off sounding fresh as a daisy. Raekwon drops in on that one and his Cuban Linx chum Ghostface Killah's on the super lush 'Angelz', getting into the comic book spirit by using his Tony Starks alter ego. A couple of J Dilla beats make their presence felt but the majority of the production is handled by Jake One and the man himself with only one or two efforts being a little forgettable; no great issue as I don't think a single one of his LPs is totally consistent, it's all part of the charm. To be honest this LP would be worth it just for apocalyptic Bukowski-sampling centrepiece 'Cellz' but that's only the cherry on top of the tastiest of cakes. If you've got any taste for hip-hop give this one the little eyebrows and swallow it down - it's top ten of the year type shit in my book!

10/10 Ben Keeler

BRILLIANT! This is up there with AC and NASA as very very superb albums so far this year! Especially love the Wu-Tang cameos and ESG-sampling, but of course it all boils down to DOOM (ex-Metalface now, apparently?). Definitely worth a listen - I didn't mind MM...FOOD, but it wasn't as hard-hitting as I'd hoped - and as the Norman guys here mentioned...I would put this up there with Madvillainy and Vaudeville Villain AND The Mouse and the Mask (a personal favourite). I can't wait to hear what he comes up with next.

7/10 Oliver Customer rating (no review), 28th May 2020
9/10 Lewis Customer rating (no review), 18th May 2020



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