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Instrumentalyst: Octagon Beats
Dr Octagon
Instrumentalyst: Octagon Beats
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, Rock
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New second album by this Mo'Wax recording artist.All but 3 of the 14 tracks are instrumentals.The album is comprised of new tracks andinstrumental versions of stuff from his self-titled deut. 'Blue Flowers' was his first s...  more »


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All Artists: Dr Octagon
Title: Instrumentalyst: Octagon Beats
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Dreamworks
Original Release Date: 4/29/1997
Release Date: 4/29/1997
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, Rock
Styles: Electronica, Trip-Hop, Dance Pop, West Coast, Experimental Rap, Pop Rap
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 600445002227


Album Description
New second album by this Mo'Wax recording artist.All but 3 of the 14 tracks are instrumentals.The album is comprised of new tracks andinstrumental versions of stuff from his self-titled deut. 'Blue Flowers' was his first single; '3000'is his latest single (as of 12/09/96).

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Erik Nelson | Crooklyn | 04/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Few albums can claim such auspicious genesis: Dan the Automator, making history with futuristic, mind-bending beats, Q-bert scratching himself raw, and Kool Keith reduced to a vague, meandering warble on the few vocal blips that make it through the otherwise undefineable hiphop landscape presented here. Make no mistake, there is nothing, and there will never be nothing, kids, like Instrumentalyst. Without peer, without premise, without imitation. This album will get into your bloodstream. This album will turn you away from all the fakers, the players, the haters, the bitchez and hoze, all those who don't know a goddamn thing about what hip and hop really is. Forward thinking, yes. A dream inside an octagon box of mirrors is more like it. Treat your ears and imagination to this rich, wonderful and most of all SPOOKY album--it has delighted every cool party i have ever thrown, guaranteed, sparked wild, sacreilgious conversation, been worshipped and bowed to, cried over, danced, jumped, shouted to, all manner of twilight behavior, etc... Gentlemen, you have been only fooled by music until you have heard the Instrumentalyst masters. You think your heroes have balls? Eminem, with all his talent, could never have the foresight or guts put out an album like this. Tribe? Crushed by the Instrumentalyst shadow. Find yourself a dark night, some peace, and let this one steep. In. Your. Mind. Oh, and they did this YEARS ago, in the skool they tore down to build the old skool."
"Let me show you something."
B-MAN | Earth, occasionally. Until I get bored. | 09/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Dr. Octagon: The Instrumentalyst (Octagon Beats) is what the title implies, the instrumental version (the music - beats, samples, and scratches) of the 1996 album Dr. Octagonecologyst. Dr. Octagon is former Ultramagnetic MC's member Kool Keith. The background music is by Dan the Automator (also from Handsome Boy Modeling School) with scratching by DJ Qbert so the wealth of talent on the original recording make it essential. Kool Keith's lyrics and rhyme skills are something to behold. It may well be the strangest of it's kind. So since this instrumental album is basically everything except Kool Keith, there is that element missing. However, this is one case where the music and vocals complement each other. I first heard the album in it's original format with Kool Keith intact and the inventive use of beats and background music was as unique as he was. So when I found that there was also an instrumental version I had to have that as well. Highlights are plenty, but a few personal favorites are "No Awareness", "Blue Flowers", "Technical Difficulties", "A visit to the gynecologist" (although the original is a guilty pleasure), "Girl let me touch you", and of course "Moosebumps" which is a longer version (1:47) of the original album's "I got to tell you" (:48). This one especially works for me because it's a track that I always wanted to last longer with just the music. Bottom line if you liked the original's music or are just a fan of creative trip or hip hop beats, then this won't disappoint. One of the best of it's kind. Dr. Octagon only made one album. I recommend owning both versions.

Also recommended:

Ultramagnetic MC's: Critical Beatdown
Dan the Automator: Deltron 3030/Tron 3030 - The Instrumentals
DJ Qbert: Wave Twisters
Hah, bet you can't rap over this.
Gentleman | Florida | 03/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Actually, I would have preferred some of the songs like Blue Flowers and Girl Let Me Touch You to stay the original way they are, which kinda put me alittle down in there.

But, other than that, it's real good and worth to hear if you want some instrumentals. I realize some people actually just wanted the instrumentals, but personally I prefer hearing Kool Keith's lyrics... I just somehow get in the mood to drop them because they were meant to be there, anyways. If you like this sorta thing, recommended you go to Automator's albums or something.

But, Kool Keith has alot more instrumental albums on his own as well if you were satisfied with Blue Flowers or Girl Let Me Touch You, his parts of production."