Kool Keith’s most famous alter ego, Dr. Octagon, is back with a brand new album. After sharing Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation a week early via NPR’s First Listen, the eccentric MC has officially released the LP.
Moosebumps is Keith’s third Dr. Octagon album and his 15th solo studio LP overall. Dan The Automator and DJ Q-Bert are back involved too, reuniting the team behind the 1996 classic Dr. Octagonecologyst.
Check out the Moosebumps stream, cover art & tracklist below.
[This article has been updated. The following was published March 30, 2018.]
For fans of Dr. Octagon, another album seemed like a long lost fantasy. But on Friday (March 30), Kool Keith, Dan The Automator and DJ Q-Bert made dreams come true with Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation, their first proper follow-up to 1996’s underground cult classic, Dr. Octagonecologyst.
A week ahead of its official release, the album is currently available for streaming courtesy of an NPR First Listen.
“I would say if there was an old cult movie that got remade and it was better than the original, this is like that,” Q-Bert tells HipHopDX about the project.
Dan adds, “This is the best time you can have without the risk of contracting moosebumps.”
The group’s sole MC, Kool Keith, is simply happy to be back. “It feels great,” he tells DX. “We’re injectin’ more ‘breakin’ rules’ in music.”
Directed by Joel Knoernschild, the visual takes notes from old Kung-Fu flicks, and stars Q, Dan and Keith at a Tokyo temple, assessing the martial arts skills of a tea master. At the same time, Interpol’s Paul Banks and a paper dragon help Keith with the vocals through a marijuana haze.
Q-Bert reveals there’s one issue with the final product.
“The first solo on ‘Bear Witness IV’ is the exact same solo as the second solo, plus the first one was inserted off beat,” Q-Bert admits. “[Dan] said it was an accident, so he’s gonna fix it for the iTunes and download versions. But the album version will be a collector’s item now with that as a misprint [laughs].”
Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation is expected to arrive on April 6.