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Rapper Doom Confuses and Excites Us

A steady stream of leaks have prefaced Born Like This, the new studio album from the mysterious rapper Doom (né MF), making us believe this thing will actually come out next month as promised; “Cellz,” the latest track to surface, is the best of the prerelease bunch. Doom ignores the progressively more insane social lament intro (“Radiated men will eat the flesh of radiated men”?) to drop the most breathless, hyperactive chunk of his third-person, free-associative garble-flow we’ve ever heard. Delivered over evil horn stabs and the requisite comic-book voice-over samples, nearly every line’s a cracked-out winner. A randomly selected highlight: “Revelations in Braille / respiration, inhale / view nations fail in shaking of a snake tail.”


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