Born Like This

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Born Like This
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 24, 2009 (2009-03-24)
GenreHip hop
Length40:34
LabelLex
ProducerDOOM, 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
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubA−[3]
Consequence of SoundA−[4]
Drowned in Sound7/10[5]
HipHopDX3.5/5[6]
The Observer4/5 stars[7]
Paste76/100[8]
Pitchfork8.0/10[9]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[10]
URB3.5/5 stars[11]

Born Like This is the sixth 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 MF 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]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Supervillain Intro" (featuring Mr. Chop)MF Doom, Kelvin Mercer, Cox “Mr. Chop” LittlerMF Doom, Mr. Chop0:54
2."Gazzillion Ear"MF Doom, James YanceyJ Dilla4:12
3."Ballskin"MF DoomJake One1:30
4."Yessir!" (featuring Raekwon)MF DoomMF Doom2:34
5."Absolutely"MF Doom, Otis Jackson Jr.Madlib2:43
6."Rap Ambush"MF DoomJake One1:28
7."Lightworks"MF Doom, J. Yancey, Raymond ScottJ Dilla1:52
8."Batty Boyz"MF DoomMF Doom3:16
9."Angelz" (featuring Tony Starks)MF DoomMF Doom3:07
10."Cellz" (featuring Mr. Chop)MF Doom, C. LittlerMF Doom, Mr. Chop4:21
11."Still Dope" (featuring Impress Stahhr tha Femcee)MF DoomMF Doom2:40
12."Microwave Mayo"MF DoomJake One2:26
13."More Rhymin'"MF DoomJake One1:39
14."That's That"MF Doom, Galt MacDermotMF Doom2:15
15."Supervillainz" (featuring Kurious, Slug, Mobonix, and Mr. Chop)MF Doom, C. Littler, K. Mercer, Maurice “Mobonix” White, Jorge Alvarez, Paul Huston, Sean DaleyMF Doom, Mr. Chop2:49
16."Bumpy's Message" (featuring Bumpy Knuckles and Mr. Chop)MF Doom, C. Littler, S. DaleyMF Doom, Mr. Chop1:36
17."Thank Yah"MF DoomMF Doom1:14
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[18] 52
US Billboard Independent Albums[19] 5
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[20] 29
US Billboard Rap Albums[21] 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. ^ 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
  17. ^ 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/
  18. ^ "MF Doom – Chart history – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  19. ^ "MF Doom – Chart history – Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  20. ^ "MF Doom – Chart history – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  21. ^ "MF Doom – Chart history – Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2017.

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