Key to the Kuffs

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Key to the Kuffs
Studio album by JJ Doom
Released August 20, 2012
Recorded 2010-2012
Genre Underground hip hop
Alternative hip hop
Length 42:00
Label Lex Records
Producer Daniel Dumile, Khujo, Jneiro Jarel,
Jneiro Jarel chronology
Georgiavania
(2010)
Key to the Kuffs
(2012)
MF Doom chronology
Born Like This
(2009)
Key to the Kuffs
(2012)
NehruvianDOOM (2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club B+[2]
BBC Music Positive[3]
HipHopSite.Com 4/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Okayplayer 79/100[7]
Pitchfork.com 7.3/10[8]
Prefix 8/10[9]
Q 4/5 stars[10]
The Quietus Positive[11]
RapReviews 6/10 stars[12]
Resident Advisor 4/5 stars[13]
The Stool Pigeon 4/5 stars[14]
The Sunday Times Positive[15]
XLR8R Positive[16]
XXL 4/5 stars[17]

Key to the Kuffs is the debut album by alternative hip hop artists Jneiro Jarel and MF Doom under the moniker JJ Doom. It was released on Lex Records on August 20, 2012.[18]

Recording[edit]

Jneiro Jarel produced the music in his studio in New Orleans. Although he and Doom met several times during the recording the bulk of the work was carried out in their respective studios.[19] MF Doom recorded the vocals for the album in London between December 2010 and April 2012.[20]

The album includes guest vocals by Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, Beth Gibbons of Portishead, Khujo Goodie of Goodie Mob and Dungeon Family, and Boston Fielder.[21]

Release[edit]

Two alternative versions of tracks from the album were released prior to the album. The tracks were the Doom/Thom Yorke/Jonny Greenwood version of "Retarded Fren"[22] and the Dave Sitek remix of "Rhymin Slang."[23]

Critical reception[edit]

The Guardian described Key to the Kuffs as a "killer new album with a spectral guest vocal by Beth Gibbons from Portishead."[24] Spin listed a lyric in "Banished" as one of the best rap lines of 2012.[25] Thom Yorke of Radiohead listed "Guv'nor" as his "single of 2012."[26]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Performer(s) Notes
1 "Waterlogged" 1:51 n/a
  • Additional skit arrangement by Metalfingerz Doom
2 "Guv'nor" 3:04 MF Doom
  • Contains samples from "Regular Show"
  • Additional skit arrangement by Metalfingerz Doom
3 "Banished" 3:09 MF Doom
  • Additional skit arrangement by Metalfingerz Doom
  • Percussion by Shannon Powell
4 "Bite the Thong" 3:54 MF Doom & Damon Albarn
  • Additional skit arrangement by Metalfingerz Doom
5 "Rhymin Slang" 2:20 MF Doom & Jneiro Jarel
6 "Dawg Friendly" 2:38 Jneiro Jarel
  • Track outro by Capitol Peoples
7 "Borin Convo" 2:20 MF Doom
  • Additional skit arrangement by Metalfingerz Doom
8 "Snatch That Dough" 0:46 n/a
  • Additional skit arrangement by Metalfingerz Doom
9 "GMO" 4:22 MF Doom & Beth Gibbons
  • Violin by Roderick Skeaping
10 "Bout the Shoes" 2:34 Boston Fielder
11 "Winter Blues" 4:11 MF Doom
  • Additional skit arrangement by Metalfingerz Doom
  • Strings by Boston Fielder & The Muthawit Orchestra
  • Additional vocal by Indigo
12 "Still Kaps" 1:28 Khujo
13 "Retarded Fren" 3:38 MF Doom
14 "Viberian Sun Pt. II" 3:12 n/a
15 "Wash Your Hands" 2:41 MF Doom
Butter Edition
No. Title Length
1. "Waterlogged"   1:51
2. "Guv'nor"   3:04
3. "Banished"   3:09
4. "BOOKHEAD"   1:59
5. "Bite the Thong (featuring. Damon Albarn)"   3:54
6. "Rhymin Slang"   2:20
7. "Dawg Friendly"   2:39
8. "Pause Tape"   2:07
9. "The Signs (featuring. Gone the Hero)"   1:29
10. "Borin Convo"   2:20
11. "Snatch That Dough"   0:46
12. "GMO (featuring. Beth Gibbons)"   4:21
13. "Bout the Shoes (featuring. Boston Fielder)"   2:34
14. "Winter Blues"   4:11
15. "Still Kaps (featuring. Khujo Goodie)"   1:28
16. "Retarded Fren"   3:39
17. "Viberian Son (featuring. Del the Funky Homosapien)"   3:34
18. "Wash Your Hands"   2:42
19. "Guv'nor (BADBADNOTGOOD Version)"   2:53
20. "Rhymin Slang (Dave Sitek Remix)"   2:38
21. "Retarded Fren (Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood Version)"   3:18
22. "Bookfiend (Clams Casino Version)"   2:53
23. "Banished (Beck Remix)"   4:05
Total length:
01:03:41

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/key-to-the-kuffs-mw0002396929.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (August 14, 2012). "Key to the Kuffs Review". The A.V. Club. 
  3. ^ Gardner, Noel (August 8, 2012). "Review of JJ Doom - Key to the Kuffs". BBC. 
  4. ^ Pizol (August 22, 2012). "Album Review: JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs". HipHopSite.Com. 
  5. ^ Cowan, Andy (March 2012). "Urban". Mojo. 
  6. ^ Barnes, Henry (18 August 2012). "Reviews". NME. 
  7. ^ McLure, Nick (August 29, 2012). "Reviews: JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs". Okayplayer. 
  8. ^ Patrin, Nate (August 29, 2012). "Reviews: JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs". Pitchfork.com. 
  9. ^ Padula, David (August 20, 2012). "Album Review: JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs". Prefixmag.com. 
  10. ^ Matt Mason, "New Albums," (Q, October 2012)
  11. ^ Ellison, Kyle (August 24, 2012). "JJ DOOM - Key to the Kuffs". The Quietus. 
  12. ^ Taylor, Patrick (January 8, 2013). "JJ DOOM - Key to the Kuffs". RapReviews. 
  13. ^ Lawrence, James (September 11, 2012). "Album Review: JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs". Resident Advisor. 
  14. ^ Quickfall, Tom (September 2012). "Albums". The Stool Pigeon (39). 
  15. ^ Cairns, Dan (19 August 2012). "On The Record: The Weeks Essential Releases". The Sunday Times. 
  16. ^ Stolman, Elissaz (August 22, 2012). "JJ DOOM - Key to the Kuffs". XLR8R. 
  17. ^ Alonzo, Bogar (September 6, 2012). "XXL Reviews". XXL. 
  18. ^ Battanon, Carrie (July 27, 2012). "Listen: JJ DOOM: "Guv'nor"". Pitchfork Media. 
  19. ^ "Interview with Jneiro Jarel, (Frank151, Issue 48)". 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  20. ^ Yates, Steve (April 2012). "Q Magazine: The Exile Factor". Q. 
  21. ^ Martin, Andrew (July 5, 2012). "JJ DOOM Reveal "Key To The Kuffs" Release Date, Tracklist". Complex. 
  22. ^ Pellyon, Jenn (November 1, 2011). "Hear Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and DOOM: "Retarded Fren"". Pitchfork Media. 
  23. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (December 16, 2011). "JJ DOOM: "Rhymin' Slang (Dave Sitek Remix)"". Pitchfork Media. 
  24. ^ "Film & Music: The F&M Playlist". The Guardian. 20 July 2012. 
  25. ^ Spin Staff (December 27, 2012). "Spin 'Best Rap Lines of 2012' Reviews". Spin. 
  26. ^ Spin Staff (January 24, 2013). "UNI OF YORKE CLASS 4: HOLLY HERNDON AND ARCA". Dazed Digital. 

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