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  • Summary: After visa problems forced him to return to the United Kingdom, the rapper teamed up with rapper/producer Jneiro Jarel for this album featuring guest appearances from Damon Albarn, Beth Gibbons, and Khujo Goodie.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Sep 4, 2012
    83
    The production on Key To The Kuffs, DOOM's album with Jneiro Jarel, pushes DOOM out of his comfort zone.
  2. Aug 29, 2012
    80
    In a character-defying move he has left his crowbar at home and cockney references serve as little more than a backdrop for his usual lyrical capers. What glorious capers they are too.
  3. Sep 6, 2012
    80
    Lateral-thinking producer Jneiro Jarel builds complex but catchy soundscapes from bowel-shaking tuba loops, stuttering Casiotones and grime's muscle, as DOOM pinballs hypnotically through vivid metaphors and free-association rhymes. [Oct 2012, p.103]
  4. Aug 29, 2012
    70
    Fans will find that Key to the Kuffs goes from confusing letdown to intriguing mystery after just a couple listens.
  5. Sep 7, 2012
    70
    Decades deep into his career, Dumile hasn't lost a step lyrically. His raspy-voiced rhymes even appear to be gaining depth and complexity without sacrificing anything in flow or entertainment value. His delivery remains as fluid as ever.
  6. Aug 29, 2012
    70
    Whilst it is certainly unlikely that Key To The Kuffs will do much to alter prevailing opinion towards his work, the record will serve as a worthy addition to Dumile's increasingly fascinating discography.
  7. Oct 3, 2012
    40
    Another slapdash cash-in from masked rap's last bastion. [Sep 2012, p.60]

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