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Dr. Dooom

  • First Come, First Served [Funky Ass, 1999] A-
  • Dr. Dooom 2 [Threshold Recordings, 2008] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

First Come, First Served [Funky Ass, 1999]
Having offed porn junkie Dr. Octagon and bought some incense to hide the smell, Kool Keith's serial killer gets as funky as your bedmate's breath in the morning. Old tropes remain--ass cracks, organ damage, race-baiting, second-level sports stars, claims of biz savvy. But though the beats remain electro, the slasher-movie shtick moves his buddies the Diesel Truckers to find out how low his production can go, including a hook that has Peter Lorre wheedling "I'm very hungry" again just when you thought it was safe to get back in the elevator. No rapper has ever imagined such disgusting apartments--lurid locales with fluorescent cereal on the floor. More than all the "body parts in shopping carts," it's the decor that puts the "fake gangsta hardcore stories" Dooom despises to shame. A-

Dr. Dooom 2 [Threshold Recordings, 2008]
Koool as a kukkooo bird, krazeee as a rakkooon ("I Followed You," "RIP Dr. Octagon"). **