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Dr. Octagon

After single-handedly redefining "warped" as the mind and mouth behind the Bronx-based Ultramagnetic MC's, "Kool" Keith Thornton -- aka Rhythm X, aka Dr. Octagon, aka Dr. Dooom, aka Mr. Gerbik -- headed for the outer reaches of the stratosphere with a variety of solo projects. A onetime psychiatric patient at Bellevue, Keith's lyrical thematics remained as free-flowing here as they ever were with the N.Y.C. trio, connecting up complex meters with fierce, layers-deep metaphors and veiled criticisms of those who "water down the sound that comes from the ghetto." His own debut single, "Earth People" by Dr. Octagon, was quietly released in late 1995 on the San Francisco-based Bulk Recordings, and the track spread like wildfire through the hip-hop underground, as did the subsequent self-titled full-length released the following year.

Featuring internationally renowned DJ Q-Bert (of Invisibl Skratch Piklz) on turntables, as well as the Automator and DJ Shadow behind the boards, Dr. Octagon's left-field fusion of sound collage, fierce turntable work, and bizarre, impressionistic rapping found audiences in the most unlikely of places, from hardcore hip-hop heads to jaded rock critics. Although a somewhat sophomoric preoccupation with body parts and scatology tended to dominate the album, Keith's complex weave of associations and shifting references is quite often amazing in its intricacy. The record found its way to the U.K.-based abstract hip-hop imprint Mo'Wax (for whom Shadow also recorded) in mid-1996, and was licensed by the label for European release (Mo'Wax also released a DJ-friendly instrumental version of the album titled, appropriately, The Instrumentalyst [Octagon Beats]).

The widespread popularity of the album eventually landed Keith at DreamWorks in 1997; the label gave Dr. Octagon (retitled Dr. Octagonecologyst) its third release mid-year, adding a number of bonus cuts. In early 1999, however, Keith's alter ego Dr. Dooom unfortunately "killed off" Dr. Octagon on the opening track of First Come, First Served (released on Thornton's own Funky A** label). Kool Keith signed to Ruffhouse/MCA for his second album under that alias, 1999's Black Elvis/Lost in Space. Records released as Kool Keith followed in 2000 (Matthew) and 2001 (Spankmaster), while the 2002 collaboration Gene appeared as KHM (Kool Keith plus H-Bomb and Marc Live). His next project was a four-rapper group named Thee Undatakerz with Keith taking on a new persona, Reverend Tom. Kool Keith Presents Thee Undatakerz hit the streets in May 2004. Keeping busy, Keith released Diesel Truckers in August of the same year with old friend/producer KutMasta Kurt.

As if 2004 hadn't been filled with enough Kool Keith releases, some truly oddball ones started to appear that year. The Official Space Tape borrowed from previous releases to create the ultimate Keith mixtape, the R&B-leaning Personal Album was released in a limited edition of 500 and with a high price tag, plus the Real Talk label issued Dr. Octagon, Pt. 2, an unauthorized release that had little to do with the original and was quickly pulled from the shelves by court order. The next year was much calmer with the Global Enlightenment, Pt. 1 DVD being released at the beginning of the year, followed by Lost Masters, Vol. 2 in the summer. Nogatco Rd. from 2006 introduced a new character, Mr. Nogatco ("Octagon" backwards). The UFO-obsessed album was a collaboration with producer Iz-Real. The two-CD Collabs Tape compilation and The Return of Dr. Octagon followed soon after. In early 2007, Keith was part of an Ultramagnetic MC's reunion that yielded Best Kept Secret. Tashan Dorrsett, another concept-driven release from Keith, was released in 2009 with the remix album The Legend of Tashan Dorrsett following in 2011. His 2012 album, Love and Danger, hinted at retirement with songs like "Goodbye Rap," but he was still in business in 2013, making a guest appearance on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs album Mosquito. ~ Sean Cooper, Rovi
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Yahoo doc oc will always have the some the best beat$ if not the best
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KK : TOP 5 DEAD OR ALIVE at this hip.hop.rap. M C game.
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My supreme graffiti beats BOMBING CRAZY KINGS GILROY CALIFORNIA 92-2015 JNR
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Dr octagon and QBert collaborate on one of the greatest, progressive rap albums of the 90s. Dr octagon is either a genius or a retard. But his imagery and DJ Q Berts beats make for one of the strangest, original, and fun projects to date.
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It's insane how GREAT DJ Q-Berts' scratching is on (Bear Witness)
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Cool keith munch props
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Kool Keith is one of the best M C out there count the album to many out there.
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Kool keith is god
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This track is dope
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I love to listen to this on repeat playing Halo, Gears of War or Mass Effect. Keith is indeed the coolest.
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ed.kalafus2
I have soon Kool Keith three times - a small venue, coming out of a coffin from The Undertakerz, and once at a larger club. The first club he tied to take my drink. The third club I shook his hand and parked behind Keithio a few blocks from the club.
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Oh man dont forget his other album, Kool Keith is black elvis, that was tight as well
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kool keith ben da ting sinc wut seem like da 70's. Axshaly sinc da erly 80's. I got onum wit Critical Beatdown. Ultramagneti c iz fa evr. Du wut u du MR KEITH. Yes he du dazerv all CAPS!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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Love the string arrangement in "Blue Flowers"... unmistakable q-bert at the end :)
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egonzales43
How you gonna forget The Analog Brothers - Kool Keith and Ice T - Pimp to Eat!?!?!
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brucefitz1
mr. twister
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I was born this way, half shark, alligator, half man.
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Love the almost 'free association' lyrical style. Always was hot, always will be hot.
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Love the octagon, he crazy.
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he was never in bellevue- he started that rumor himself
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marymac1207
please remove this artist from my bookmark. i never heard of him Thank You
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You want some birth control baby you can smoke a cigarette.
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I hate most rap, but I can dig this.
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legend.
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this guy has some spacy music. it makes you think.. and thats what people need more of.
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I've got my helmet on, you can't tell me I'm not in space.
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1/2 shark alligator 1/2 man is my all time favorite earth people
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RIP Dr. Octagon
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bobbyhill96
rock out with your cupacka out
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Some of the strangest topics and illusory use of the english language in all of the rap genre.
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Kidz With Guns
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Dr. Octagonecolo g y s t is a SICK album.
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This one of my all time favorite Hip-hop albums.

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