Kool Keith Officially Supports This Limited Edition Dr. Octagon Action Figure
While some Kool Keith fans—including Ice-T—tend to celebrate the Bronx, New Yorker’s Ultramagnetic MC’s days, a large contingency asserts that Keith’s finest work was in fact in the mid-1990s. After all, it was then, in the early days of a solo career, that the lyricist made Sex Style, as well as acclaimed musings under the guises of Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, and Black Elvis.
Octagon, as it were, was the rushed two-week product of Keith’s interactions with Dan The Automator (Handsome Boy Modeling School, Gorillaz), who invited scratch-master DJ Q-Bert, DJ Shadow, Prince Paul, Sir Menelik, and project co-founder Kutmasta Kurt to the foray. Although not a charting album, 1996’s Dr. Octagonecologyst would feature Dreamworks Records backing (in one of its forms), and become a career benchmark for its MC and producer.
The LP, rooted in a pornographic, hallucinatory, comic book world, would be reissued a number of times since its release. Keith’s imagination shined, as did Dan’s, for a release that lacked the budget and technology to show its world in a visual medium. Now however, a limited edition, hand-made action figure comes to release that honors Dr. Ock’ with style and smoothness.
Keith is sanctioning the $75.00 doll, available on Blockheads Toys. Interestingly, the artwork for the action figure is made by veteran Los Angeles, California underground MC/producer AWOL One, who has worked with Xzibit, Myka 9, and 2Mex.