Dr. Octagon

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Dr. Octagon was a fictional character created by American rapper Keith Thornton, better known as Kool Keith. First appearing on Thornton’s 1996 debut solo album, ‘Dr. Octagonecologyst,’ Dr. Octagon is an extraterrestrial time traveling gynecologist and surgeon from the planet Jupiter. Thornton performed and released three albums under the alias. The character was murdered by another of his characters, Dr. Dooom on Thornton’s 1999 album ‘First Come, First Served,’ and was briefly revived before once again being killed on Thornton’s 2008 album ‘Dr. Dooom 2,’ in response to the release of ‘The Return of Dr. Octagon,’ an album largely produced without Thornton’s involvement.

In Dr. Octagonecologyst, Dr. Octagon is described as having yellow eyes, green skin, and a pink-and-white Afro. Further tracks detail a list of services offered by Octagon, who claims to treat chimpanzee acne and moosebumps, and relocate saliva glands. Octagon is described as being incompetent, as many of his surgery patients die as he conducts his rounds. He often engages in sexual intercourse with female patients and nurses. Octagon’s uncle, Mr. Gerbik, is described as being half shark, having the skin of an alligator, and is 208 years old.

On ‘First Come, First Served,’ Dr. Dooom posed as a patient and murdered Dr. Octagon. Pages from ‘top secret documents’ written by Fanatik J for ‘The REAL Return of Dr. Octagon Mix Tape’ reveal a storyline in which Dr. Dooom’s influence over Los Angeles has grown, and Dooom and a ‘Hybrid’ set out to resurrect the long deceased Octagon as part of “a final bid for total Industry Chaos”.[6] Octagon took a blood sacrifice, an A&R representative from a classified record label represented by hillbillies under the direction of the penal colony of Oceania.

A ‘hasty deal’ was struck between Dooom, the Hybrid, and the label. When the Hybrid revealed that Dooom had made a deal with actual hillbillies, the Oceanic Penal Colony Overlord exerted his desire to destroy Octagon, and relations between the label and Dooom became hostile. Dooom instructed the Hybrid to ‘turn over use-less acapella and early versions’ to facilitate a final payment from the label. The Hybrid gave the label intentionally distorted and obscured tracks, neutralizing the label’s advantage, and created an internet portal to leak the tracks.

According to the story published in eight chapters to promote ‘The Return of Dr. Octagon,’ a package containing new songs by Octagon arrived at the offices of OCD International, who hired ‘interpreters’ to decipher the meaning of each song. Three weeks after receiving the package, and still unable to decode its meaning, OCD received a phone call from an unknown source, tracked to Los Angeles, New York, Australia and Saturn. The caller claimed to have received the same package five years ago, and that it had brought destruction and chaos upon the society that received it, and warns that they will come after Octagon.

OCD received a message from a hacker identifying himself as Cassettes Won’t Listen, who stated that eight years ago, himself and five friends were abducted by aliens, tortured, cloned and kept in isolation. The last survivor was killed by one of the clones, and Cassettes Won’t Listen went underground to fight the clones. Cassettes Won’t Listen reveals that Dr. Octagon was imprisoned in the cell next to him, as ‘a prime candidate to study all things regarding grills, pills and bills.’ Octagon was cloned, and his clones have been sent out to destroy the universe.

Bronx hip hop artist, Rob Sonic learned that the clones were created by a giant gorilla driving a pickup truck, who intend to steal the package to prevent the world from hearing Octagon’s message, allowing him to destroy the Earth. OCD’s staff escaped with the package on French electronic musician, Kid Loco’s plane. An intern briefly saw a figure standing on OCD’s rooftop, wearing a labcoat with stethoscope around his neck, holding the head of ‘some black hairy creature’ in his hand.

According to ‘R.I.P. Dr. Octagon,’ Dr. Dooom made multiple attempts to murder Octagon, and multiple music critics and record producers made attempts to keep him alive, until Dooom returned to finally kill off Octagon.

Thornton produced two songs under the alias Dr. Octagon, ‘Dr. Octagon’ and ‘Technical Difficulties.’ He mailed the songs to radio stations as a teaser, and gave copies to several DJs, as well as producer Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura, resulting in the production of ‘Dr. Octagonecologyst.’ The album featured the work of turntablist DJ Qbert and additional production by KutMasta Kurt. An instrumental version of the album was released under the title ‘Instrumentalyst (Octagon Beats)’.

In 2002, Thornton announced ‘The Resurrection of Dr. Octagon,’ a proposed sequel to ‘Dr. Octagonecologyst,’ that would reintroduce the character. Los Angeles-based producer Fanatik J was chosen to create the music for the album. Thornton himself took part in the production of early material for the project, playing bass, guitar, and keyboards on many of the tracks.

As production on the album was underway, Thornton had a falling out with Fanatik J over contract rights, and the One-Watt Sun production team was hired to create the album’s music. After completing three vocal tracks with the label, based upon rough sonic themes created by the production team, Thornton had a falling out with the label, and gave the label recordings he had made two years previously, consisting of himself rapping and goofing off, in order to complete his contract. The resulting album, ‘The Return of Dr. Octagon,’ was largely produced without Thornton’s involvement, and did not resemble the direction Thornton had initially intended for the album.

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