20 Definitive Blerd Rap Albums
8. Dr. Octagonecologyst by Dr. Octagon (1996)
Dr. Octagon, paramedic focus of the East For priests my anesthetics prescribe a certain fertilizer Homegrown computer wires on the microphone Utilizing tracks inverted by inimical High typical force, space sex intercourse You get lost, and memorize to the Enterprise Scotty the Captain, Mr. Spock keeps rappin' 4212, the ship moves at warp speed…
What if I told you there was a rap record about a psychotic gynecologist/surgeon from Jupiter? Wait, wait, don’t leave! As problematic as this sounds – and it is – if you’re a rap fan, this album is a must listen. Before MF DOOM (who he would later collaborate with), Kool Keith, created alter egos for his various projects, and Dr. Octagon was the genesis. He shines at the titular character, pulling out the most abstract and often absurd references the rap world had ever seen. Santa Claus, Chewbacca, Jimmy Castor, Kurt Cobain, Gizmo are casually thrown into bars on the same verse. Expanding the horrorcore subgenre, this album is full of science fiction, non-sequiturs, hallucinatory imagery, and sexual humor.
The spooky production from Dan The Automator was also unprecedented in rap. Steve Huey from AllMusic wrote that its “futuristic, horror-soundtrack production seemed to bridge the gap between hip-hop and the more electronic-oriented trip-hop”. The beats were complimented by surgical scratches from DJ grandmaster Q-Bert who got some solo time to shine on “Bear Witness.” This album is undoubtedly the weirdest on the list. — Brendon Spencer