Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst (1996)

This is one of my favorite albums of all time. It is a disc that can be played hundreds of times and never lose its force. The dimensions are so large, and you soon get lost in the eerie web of a Gynecologist's malpractice of sex, murder and mutilation. Kool Keith adapts his most infamous alter-ego Dr. Octagon to speak through here. The beats are handled by the prodigy from the previous post: Dan the Automator, aka. Nathaniel Merriweather. This was the album that opened the gates for the Automator. Dr. Octagonecologyst plays like a psychedelic nightsweat in outer-space. Keith will keep you guessing. At first listen you can be overwhelmed by the sheer absurdity of his lyrics, yet rightfully respecting his style. Not long after you make this conclusion a seeping realization comes to you: The man is either genius or mad- maybe both- and you've been trapped in his psychotic world. As so often happens when dealing with insanity, the effects are contagious. You will soon be hypnotized by his rhythm and omnipresent ego. Keith is special in this way: Many artists become characters, but Keith has alter egos. There is a difference: He's a schizophrenic.
The sampling is lush with spooky 18th century symphonic horror and 1930's fear mongering government propaganda. Contrary to most modern hip-hop, we see few guests on this album. Leave yourself clues to help emerge from this labyrinth. Enjoy.