Born Like This (stylized in all caps) is the sixth and final 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. 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”.
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”.
Born Like This ranked at number 4 on The Skinny’s “2009: A Year in Records” list. Pitchfork included it in their best albums of 2009, placing it at number 48.