Key to the Kuffs
JJ Doom - Key to the Kuffs
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2012 Rank: #319 / 929
User Score
Based on 21 ratings
August 21, 2012 / Release Date
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Lex / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The 405

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

80
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

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

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

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

60
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

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

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.

Sep 2, 2017
_quitebitter_
80
DOOM holds up his end of the bargain with his always too sweet rhymes and lyrics but Jarel's production in this really 1 symmetrical and the beats don't really stand out even with DOOM's contribution. Best track for me is Retarded Fren, and unfortunately that comes towards the end of the album.
Jan 30, 2015
Ideekay
68
FAVS: Guv'nor, Bite the Thong, GMO
END OF YEAR LISTS
#44/Time Out London
#50/Piccadilly Records
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


Added on: August 14, 2012