Dr. Octagon, Dr. Octagonecologyst

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 05.22.11 in Reviews

Dr. Octagonecologyst

Dr. Octagon

As the most visible member of late-’80s legends Ultramagnetic MCs, Kool Keith helped create the blueprint for abstract, space-dusted rap. But as Ultramagnetic became increasingly conformist (by their standards, anyway), Keith sought an oddball route. Alongside Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, Kutmasta Kurt and DJ Q-Bert, he composed Dr. Octagonecologyst, a bizarre ride through time and space with a murderous, free-associative gynecologist. It’s a deeply theatrical album, a patchwork of mood and sensation, the kind of thing that happens when you no longer feel entitled to an audience.