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  • Summary: The latest album for Daniel Dumile, who dropped MF from his name and now goes by Doom.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The clincher is how gracefully this klutz skates over the oddly rolling beats of J Dilla, Jake One and the Metal Fingered Villain... Doom (ellipsis in original).
  2. He’s filled his abdicated spot with greater authority than ever before, patched up the walls punched in from Ghostface’s temper tantrums and assured us that villian-rap’s appeal will remain evergreen as long as it infused with this genius, this wild idiocy, these manic flights of syllabic invention.
  3. Whatever caused DOOM to scale back his output and go off the grid, he's only come back from it sharper, stronger, and more powerful than before.
  4. Even with a new pseudonym--his AKA sheet includes Zev Love X, Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah and half of Madvillain--the perpetually hoarse rhymesayer born Daniel Dumile is still dishing out confounding couplets that have become his trademark.
  5. 70
    Doom still holds some secrets, but his lyricism and feel for the funk sweat out of the this album as much as any of his previous, if not more. He clearly shows that he is here to stay, and if anyone was expecting change, they are looking in the wrong spot.
  6. Fortunately DOOM is unable to completely shake off his own best and worst habits, and so Born Like This contains its fair share of the rapper's classic screwball set pieces.
  7. Born Like This is still a damn fine record, but it’s too inconsistent to do more than simply satisfy your DOOM craving.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6