A surprising - if unsurprisingly accomplished - entry into the pantheon of modern, intelligent underground hip-hop.
The result is excellence as usual, with DOOM rumbling along between sinister and silly while JJ slings in off-kilter operatics.
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.
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).
Key To The Kuffs is a ballsy and hyperactive, yet frustratingly inconsistent, album.
Key to the Kuffs disappoints by shying away from greatness where we’ve come to expect nothing less.
While it may not hit the heights of Madvillainy (to be fair, what could?), there are some strong verses and some equally strong production.
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.
|# 44 -||Time Out London|