KutMasta Kurt digs deep into his archives to put together this compelling 6 track EP of previously unreleased recordings he and Keith recorded in 1996-1997. This pre Dr. Dooom material helps further illustrate why they are one of Hip-Hop’s favorite collaborators from the 90’s and beyond.
The problem with being recognized as a creative genius is that you’ve got to live up to it 24/7. Kool Keith was given such a mantle upon the release of the Dr. Octagonecologist album, and it’s not something he seems happy about: on the first track of First Come, First Served, he–as Dr. Dooom–kills Octagon. It’s the perfect move for Keith, and it sets the tone for the album, which is a mix of humorous tracks (“Neighbors Next Door,” which asks you to imagine having Keith and Jacky Jasper living in the next apartment, and “You Live at Home with Your Mom”) and songs on which Keith lays down the law (“No Chorus” and “Leave Me Alone”). Few MCs could hope to match Keith, but here–rapping fat grooves (produced by Kutmasta Kurt, more innovative than most) and settling lots of personal scores! Dooom might just be Octagon’s better.
He comes in many forms and many incarnations, but his style is distinctly his own. Just as there’s no mistaking his smooth lyrical delivery and searing hip-hop prose with its underlying edgy beats, there’s no denying the incredible force that is Kool Keith. Whether as a founding member of the legendary Ultramagnetic MCs, or in the guises of his renegade rap personas Dr. Octagon and Dr. Dooom, Keith has established himself as an innovative lyricist whose erudite raps push the envelope to the limit. When Keith Teams up with KutMasta Kurt on the production – they arguably create the best albums in his catalog.