If you're a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, soft-core porn and hip hop, Dr. Octagon is the hottest ticket in town this week
First published on 9 Jul 2012. Updated on 9 Jul 2012.
Dr. Ocatgon is an alien gynecologist that can spit some serious verse, and just one of the kooky personas of American rapper Kool Keith. The outrageous character was first made famous on Kool Keith's 1996 debut album, Dr. Octagonecologyst, and now hits Sydney for an eccentric performance in July. Rayi Suhardiman caught up with the man behind Doc Oc.
Your music is categorised as 'horrorcore', but what does that mean?
You write music that scares people, makes them feel uncomfortable and gives them a horror show – that's horrorcore! I didn't go out of my way to create something with a boundary. I wanted to shake things up and the name suited.
What was your vision when you invented Dr. Octagon?
It was just an alias, for a solo release after Ultramagnetic MCs [Kool Keith's hip hop group]. There was no vision other than to do something completely different, [and make] a living, breathing narrative.
Were you worried about the public’s reaction to Dr Octagon?
I ain't worried about anything, I write what I want to write and say what I want to say. Rap has been stuck in this mentality where you're expected to say certain things and not say other things, but I say what I want. Period.
You have had multiple aliases throughout your career. Which is your favorite?
I want people to know that every album I do is very classic. They should not compare Black Elvis to Mathew, Spankmaster to Mathew, or Black Elvis with Dr. Dooom. Every album stands alone, and people should take it as a different project.
Do you plan on having another alias?
I don't plan anything, I just work and see where it takes me.
What can we expect from your live show?
Expect to get knocked the fuck out. It took some convincing to finally perform this album live from start to finish, as its such an important part of my life.
Dr. Octagon plays at the Oxford Art Factory on Thu Jul 12.