DOOM (MF Doom)-Born Like This (2009)

My Rating: 76% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 77%

Average Rating: 78%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Supervillain Intro
  2. Gazzillion Ear
  3. Ballskin
  4. Yessir (featuring Raekwon)
  5. Absolutely
  6. Rap Ambush
  7. Lightworks
  8. Batty Boyz
  9. Angelz (featuring Tony Starks)
  10. Cellz
  11. Still Dope (featuring Empress Starhh Tha Femcee)
  12. Microwave Mayo
  13. More Rhymin’
  14. That’s That
  15. Supervillainz (featuring Kurious, Mobonix & Slug)
  16. Bumpy’s Message (featuring Bumpy Knuckles)
  17. Thank Ya

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Needing to get some anger out/concentrate on a new project.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Super odd, fits Doom’s style.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

Doom is at his angriest on Born Like This, there’s something that has changed him when he released this album. A depressing epiphany of some sort proceeded this album, and we can thank it for the dirty, dark, and much more focused rhyme style of Doom. I do miss the jokey rhymes that Doom was known for saying, but I can’t help but enjoy this more angry version of the villain. As always Doom shoots his albums in the foot by using so so many interludes, it’s really the only reason his albums get such a low rating, we don’t need interludes anymore, I don’t understand the draw to them in the rap genre, if you must, tack em to a beginning or ending of song, don’t make it a separate track and make us think we’re getting more than we actually are. Born Like This is Doom’s darkest offering, visit if you dare.

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Viktor Vaughn (MF Doom)-Vaudeville Villain (2003)

My Rating: 79% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: 91%

Rolling Stone Rating:N/A

Metacritic Rating: 71%

Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Overture
  2. Vaudeville Villain
  3. Lickupon
  4. The Drop
  5. Lactose and Lecithin
  6. A Dead Mouse
  7. Rae Dawn
  8. Let Me Watch Feat Apani B
  9. Open Mic Nite Part One Feat Lord Sear Benn Grimm Rodan and Louis Logic
  10. Saliva
  11. Modern Day Mugging
  12. Open Mic Nite Part Two Feat Lord Sear and Hydro
  13. Never Dead Feat Sayyid
  14. Pop Snot
  15. Mr Clean
  16. G.M.C
  17. Change the Beat

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking to dig deep into the mad world of Doom.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s pretty boring honestly, usually love his covers.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

So badly yes.

Final Thoughts:

MF Doom is one of, if not my all time favourite, rappers. His flow is so unique and his beats are so dangerous sounding, I honestly wouldn’t even know how to begin to write a rhyme over the beats he uses. On Vaudeville Villain we’re introduced to his alias Viktor Vaughn, a younger man than Doom who is more interested in sipping brew and picking up chicks than the old Villain. Viktor has a few interesting tracks that get at his personality such as Let Me Watch and the the title track Vaudeville Villain, but where he truly shines is on the track Lickupon where the rhyme scheme is both fast and delicious (“if these walls could talk, they probably still ignore me“). Doom fans will be stoked about this installment in Doom lore, non converts shouldn’t start here, but they should find themselves here after doing some research.

MF Doom-Operation Doomsday (2001)

My Rating: 71% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: 89%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit)
  2. Doomsday
  3. Rhymes Like Dimes
  4. The Finest
  5. Back in the Days (Skit)
  6. Go With the Flow
  7. Tick, Tick…
  8. Red and Gold
  9. The Hands of Doom (Skit)
  10. Who You Think I Am?
  11. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit)
  12. Hey!
  13. Operation: Greenbacks
  14. The Mic
  15. The Mystery of Doom (Skit)
  16. Dead Bent
  17. Cas Drawls
  18. ?
  19. I Hear Voices Pt. 1

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some abstract/psychadellic/nostalgic hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah it’s interesting to see where he went with the theme.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Hell yes.

Final Thoughts:

This album only got such a low rating because of the amount of skits dispensed throughout the whole thing, although I like the vibe it gives, sometimes it’s hard to get into the album because of it. MF Doom will always, always, always be one of my favourite emcees. His beats are so jazzy, his vocals are odd, lyrics make no damn sense, hook-less tracks, it doesn’t make sense because it should be a train-wreck, but it’s not at all. It’s like a beautiful risky disaster that somehow comes together to make something abstract enough that you want to listen to it more than once. I especially like the cleverness of the beat on Hey! where one can hear Scooby Doo sound-effects in the background, if that sounds like an intriguing concept to you, then give Operation Doomsday a listen!

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