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Doom: Born Like This [Lex, 2009]
Doom is like some vaudevillian who can make people laugh by tying his shoelace. He starts being funny when he opens his mouth. It helps that, as Sasha Frere-Jones once observed, his tongue is apparently too big for said mouth, but 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). Not only that, he rhymes! Else only backpackers would give a shine! It's not just about supervillains, nuclear devastation and Batman being gay. It's about how when Batman is gay you can link "retard" to "leotard" for all eternity. A-