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JJ Doom - Key to the Kuffs

JJ Doom - Key to the Kuffs
CRITIC SCORE
73
Based on 14 reviews
2012 Rank: #253 / 664
USER SCORE
78
Based on
10 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The 405
The 405

A surprising - if unsurprisingly accomplished - entry into the pantheon of modern, intelligent underground hip-hop.

80
NME
NME

The result is excellence as usual, with DOOM rumbling along between sinister and silly while JJ slings in off-kilter operatics. 

76
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

Some genuinely innovative production multiplied by DOOM’s erratic, yet smooth lyricism makes for a solid experience, albeit an experience made somewhat difficult by some filler tracks. 

73
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

Key to the Kuffs hits all of DOOM's angles, from the well-documented (wise-ass shit-talker) to the underrated (political agitator) to the overlooked (sentimental romantic). 

70
musicOMH
musicOMH

Key To The Kuffs is a ballsy and hyperactive, yet frustratingly inconsistent, album. 

60
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

Key to the Kuffs disappoints by shying away from greatness where we’ve come to expect nothing less.

60
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

While it may not hit the heights of Madvillainy (to be fair, what could?), there are some strong verses and some equally strong production.

60
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

Keys to the Kuffs has a few too many stop-starts and ripped seams, and DOOM’s flow often seems deliberate rather than intuitive, which results in a dearth of quotable lines.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: August 21, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Lex
GENRE: Hip Hop
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Track List
  1. Waterlogged 
  2. Guv'nor 
  3. Banished 
  4. Bite the Thong 
  5. Rhymin' Slang 
  6. Dawg Friendly 
  7. Borin' Convo 
  8. Snatch That Dough 
  9. GMO 
  10. Bout the Shoes 
  11. Winter Blues 
  12. Still Kaps 
  13. Retarded Fren 
  14. Viberian Sun Pt. II 
  15. Wash Your Hands
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Added on: August 14, 2012