Kool Keith
Nogatco Rd.



by sinnersparadice USER (14 Reviews)
January 11th, 2009 | 5 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Inbetween the resurrection of Dr. Octagon and the return of Dr. Dooom, Keith Thornton turned up under yet another alias, Mr. Nogatco. The story goes along these lines: Nogatco is a government agent working for a secret government operations involving extraterrestrials. Thus, there are a lot of '50s B-movie sci-fi themes going out throughout the album. Behind Keith's production is Iz-Real, who also contributed to further Insomniac releases with other alternative rappers like MF Doom.

Lyrically, Keith remains as abstract and unpredictable as ever, delivering some of the most bizarre lyrics on record, to the point where Thornton may be accused of overdoing it. Still, there are many strong points on this album, both lyrically and musically. Perhaps the best moment on the album comes when Sage Francis and Sole join Keith for an appropriately spacey freestyle.

Many of the tracks contain sparse beats and popping synths. "Alpha Omega" incorporates Oriental instruments. Most of the lyrics are thinly-veiled references to his career ("Many aliases") , while electric guitar riffs are brought in for "Big Adventure" and "Black 37". "Different" begins with trippy, Beat jazz-style saxophone riffs and jumps into break-beatesque chaos before ending with a ominous chorus implying the depths of Hell.

I don't think that Nogatco did as much for me as other Keith albums, with Dr. Octagonecologyst featuring stronger explorations of the kinds of themes and lyrical ideas explored here. Still, while Nogatco Rd. may not be one of Kool Keith's best, but Keith delivers what many listeners have come to expect from him: a bizarre and atmospheric album with some truly unique concepts. There are enough strong tracks on here to satisfy fans of rap's weirdest performer.

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January 12th 2009


lol hello

i like short reviews, but this isn't really that descriptive. I mean, for the the size, it packs a decent amount of info, but i still don't get everything i want. Not really neg worthy or pos worthy.

January 12th 2009


lol holy shit this is a short review. If this was a EP than no problems, but this LP spans 12 songs. Try to expand on the content. It covers some good points just go more in depth with the ludicrous lyrics or tracks that work on the album.

Slow day for reviews today.

January 31st 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

Hey, thanks. Sorry, I'll try to work on it in the future. I really love Kool Keith's records, though. He definitely deserves a better review than this. But, basically, a lot of this album is about space, science fiction, things like that. There are a bunch of Keith albums on here that haven't been reviewed that I might take on.

June 22nd 2010


Back to me Back to meeeeeee! Back to me!
Back to me Back to meeeeeee! Back to me!
Back to me!

: )

June 22nd 2010


He's strange - He's very spacey...Like Kevin.

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