Born Like This

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Born Like This
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Studio album by Doom
Released March 24, 2009 (2009-03-24)
Genre Hip hop
Length 40:34
Label Lex
Producer Doom, Mr. Chop, J Dilla, Jake One, Madlib
MF Doom chronology
Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix
(2008)
Born Like This
(2009)
Unexpected Guests
(2009)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club A−[3]
Consequence of Sound A−[4]
Drowned in Sound 7/10[5]
HipHopDX 3.5/5[6]
The Observer 4/5 stars[7]
Paste 76/100[8]
Pitchfork 8.0/10[9]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[10]
URB 3.5/5 stars[11]

Born Like This is a studio album by British-American rapper/producer MF Doom. It was released under the pseudonym "Doom" on March 24, 2009 through Lex Records. It debuted at number 52 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 10,895 copies as of March 29, 2009.[12] In addition to tracks produced by Doom, the album includes production by frequent collaborator Madlib, as well as J Dilla. The album title is borrowed from Charles Bukowski's poem "Dinosauria, We," which employs it as a cadence. A reading of the poem by Bukowski himself is in the beginning part of the track "Cellz."[13]

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Born Like This received an average score of 77% based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Born Like This ranked at number 4 on The Skinny's "2009: A Year in Records" list.[14] Pitchfork included it in their best albums of 2009, placing it at number 48.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, Information is based on Liner Notes.[16]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Supervillain Intro" (featuring Mr. Chop) Doom, Kelvin Mercer, Cox “Mr. Chop” Littler Doom, Mr. Chop 0:54
2. "Gazzillion Ear" Doom, James Yancey J Dilla 4:12
3. "Ballskin" Doom Jake One 1:30
4. "Yessir!" (featuring Raekwon) Doom Doom 2:34
5. "Absolutely" Doom, Otis Jackson Jr. Madlib 2:43
6. "Rap Ambush" Doom Jake One 1:28
7. "Lightworks" Doom, J. Yancey, Raymond Scott J Dilla 1:52
8. "Batty Boyz" Doom Doom 3:16
9. "Angelz" (featuring Tony Starks) Doom Doom 3:07
10. "Cellz" (featuring Mr. Chop) Doom, C. Littler Doom, Mr. Chop 4:21
11. "Still Dope" (featuring Impress Stahhr tha Femcee) Doom Doom 2:40
12. "Microwave Mayo" Doom Jake One 2:26
13. "More Rhymin'" Doom Jake One 1:39
14. "That's That" Doom, Galt MacDermot Doom 2:15
15. "Supervillainz" (featuring Kurious, Slug, Mobonix, and Mr. Chop) Doom, C. Littler, K. Mercer, Maurice “Mobonix” White, Jorge Alvarez, Paul Huston, Sean Daley Doom, Mr. Chop 2:49
16. "Bumpy's Message" (featuring Bumpy Knuckles and Mr. Chop) Doom, C. Littler, S. Daley Doom, Mr. Chop 1:36
17. "Thank Yah" Doom Doom 1:14
Total length: 40:34
Sample Credits and Additional Notes

Personnel[edit]

  • Mr. Chop - additional instruments (1, 10, 15-16)
  • Paloma Faith (aka “Cat-Girl”) - additional vocals (1-2, 9)
  • G Koop - keyboards, guitar, bass played by (3, 6, 12-13)
  • Posdnuos (aka P-Pain) - additional vocals (1, 15)
  • Prince Paul (aka Filthy Pablo) - additional vocals (15)
  • Raekwon - additional vocals (9)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[19] 52
US Billboard Independent Albums[20] 5
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[21] 29
US Billboard Rap Albums[22] 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Born Like This". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ Forget, Tom. "DOOM / MF Doom – Born like This". AllMusic. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (March 31, 2009). "DOOM: Born Like This". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kivel, Adam (April 3, 2009). "MF DOOM – Born Like This". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Slater, Luke (April 2, 2009). "DOOM – BORN LIKE THIS". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ J-23 (March 26, 2009). "DOOM – BORN LIKE THIS". HipHopDX. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ Yates, Steve (March 14, 2009). "DOOM, Born Like This". The Observer. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Emerson, Austin (March 24, 2012). "DOOM: Born Like This". Paste. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Patrin, Nate (April 6, 2009). "DOOM: Born Like This". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b McBee, Wilson (March 23, 2009). "DOOM – Born Like This". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ Meredith, Ben. "Doom :: Born Like This". URB. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  12. ^ Paine, Jake (April 1, 2009). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/29/2009". HipHopDX. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  13. ^ “Dinosauria, We” by Charles Bukowski Archived June 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "2009: A Year in Records (#2-10)". The Skinny. December 7, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  15. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2009 (1/5)". Pitchfork. December 17, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  16. ^ Doom. “Born Like This” (Album Notes). Lex Records. 2009.
  17. ^ a b Kenner, Rob. “J Dilla...The Afterlife”. Complex. 7 February 2016. http://www.complex.com/music/2016/02/j-dilla-essentials-guide-the-afterlife/posthumous-tracks
  18. ^ a b AbduSalaam, Ismael. “MF Doom: Born Like This...”. All HipHop. 31 March 2009. https://allhiphop.com/2009/03/31/mf-doom-born-like-this-album-review/
  19. ^ "MF Doom – Chart history – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  20. ^ "MF Doom – Chart history – Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  21. ^ "MF Doom – Chart history – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  22. ^ "MF Doom – Chart history – Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 

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