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  • Summary: Kool Keith's second Dr. Octagon album follows a full decade after his first, with production this time handled by One Watt Sun.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Dr. Octagon has once again put hip-hop under the knife and performed surgery on it.
  2. As inspired as it is, The Return Of Dr Octagon is no sequel. [#269, p.44]
  3. That Keith is capable of better records is a point proven by his past, but so far as 2006-born hip-hop goes, this is head and shoulders above much of the loudmouthed, uncouth and generic rabble.
  4. The Return isn't the return we were waiting for, but it's another explosive collection of anti-hits from hip-hop's most unique voice.
  5. 50
    We've heard this swaggering, fumbling funk before from Kool Keith's gazillion other alter-egos. [#21, p.98]
  6. The Return is supposedly a Kool Keith album, but four of the 14 tracks are skits, two mangle his vocals so the producers can show off their DJing, and one is a Princess Superstar song with Keith on the hook.
  7. Despite all the stupid records he's put out before, The Return of Dr. Octagon is the first one that plunges wholly into self-parody. He's now a fully realized clown, a prop, a joke and, most disappointingly, a sub-par rapper whose forced ideas and personality obstacles have devolved into flimsy, uninspired character sketches.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9