First Come, First Served

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First Come, First Served
Studio album by Dr. Dooom
Released May 4, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre Hardcore hip hop, underground hip hop, horrorcore
Length 71:22
Label Funky Ass Records
Producer Kool Keith
KutMasta Kurt
Kool Keith chronology
Sex Style
(1997)
First Come, First Served
(1999)
Black Elvis/Lost in Space
(1999)

First Come, First Served is the third studio album by American emcee Keith Thornton, better known as Kool Keith. Released in 1999, it is his first release under the alias Dr. Dooom.

Music[edit]

Production[edit]

Production duties from the album were handled by KutMasta Kurt. According to Allmusic critic Steve Huey, the musical style of the album was an attempt to replicate the production style of Dr. Octagonecologyst.[1]

Lyrical themes and storyline[edit]

The album's concept involves a serial killer named Dr. Dooom, who has a fondness for "cannibalism, pet rats, and Flintstones vitamins".[1] The album opens with Dr. Dooom murdering Dr. Octagon. According to Steve Huey, this "[signals] Keith's desire to move away from the alternative audience who embraced that album and back to his roots in street-level hip-hop".[1] The lyrical content is darker and more violent than that of Dr. Octagonecologyst.[1] Huey states that the album's lyrics are "way too far out to fulfill Keith's aspirations; he simply doesn't fit into hip-hop's obsession with realism."[1] The album's cover is a parody of those designed by Pen & Pixel Graphics for No Limit Records releases, most notably Silkk the Shocker's Charge It 2 Da Game.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]

Critical response was positive. Robert Christgau wrote that "No rapper has ever imagined such disgusting apartments—lurid locales with fluorescent cereal on the floor. More than all the 'body parts in shopping carts,' it's the decor that puts the 'fake gangsta hardcore stories' Dooom despises to shame."[4] Allmusic reviewer Steve Huey wrote that "The second half loses a bit of focus as it gets away from the concept, but overall it's pretty consistent".[1]

In 2008, a follow-up, Dr. Dooom 2, was produced in response to The Return of Dr. Octagon.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Who Killed Dr. Octagon? (Intro)" - 0:37
  2. "No Chorus" - 2:26
  3. "Apartment 223" - 4:54
  4. "Mr. Ratt (Skit)" - 0:43
  5. "Neighbors Next Door" - 3:57
  6. "I Run Rap" - 4:21
  7. "You Live at Home With Your Mom" - 4:00
  8. "Housing Authority" - 4:18
  9. "Wild Kingdom (Skit)" - 0:23
  10. "Welfare Love" - 3:44
  11. "Dr. Dooom's in the Room" - 4:32
  12. "Call the Cops" - 4:16
  13. "Brothers Feel Fly" - 3:52
  14. "Side Line" - 4:23
  15. "Bitch Gets No Love" - 2:58
  16. "Shopping List (Skit)" - 0:22
  17. "Body Bag" - 3:32
  18. "Mental Case" - 3:48
  19. "Leave Me Alone" - 5:03
  20. "Live" - 9:13
  • Track 20 includes a hidden track, "Bald-Headed Girl".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Huey, Steve. "Review of First Come, First Served". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the 90's (revised ed.). Macmillan. p. 84. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. 
  5. ^ Downs, David (November 21, 2008). "Kool Keith and KutMasta Kurt". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2009-01-27.