Kool Keith
Kool Keith
Birth Name Keith Matthew Thornton
Also Known As Dr. Octagon
Dr. Dooom
Mr. Nogatco
Home Town Bronx, New York
Genre Hip Hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Instrument(s) Rapping
Bass Guitar
Years active 1984-present
Label(s) Real Talk
Associated acts Ultramagnetic MCs
Analog Brothers
Masters of Illusion
Thee Undatakerz
The Clayborne Family

Keith Matthew Thornton, better known by his stage name Kool Keith, is an American rapper. A former member of Ultramagnetic MCs, Thornton is best known for his solo work under multiple aliases.


After the release of Ultramagnetic MCs' debut album, Critical Beatdown, Thornton was institutionalized in Bellevue Hospital Center.[1][2] Following the unsuccessful release of Ultramagnetic MCs' second album, Thornton released his first notable solo single, "Earth People", in 1995, under the name "Dr. Octagon", followed by the release of Dr. Octagonecologyst the following year. The album's production by Dan the Automator and scratching by DJ Qbert was acclaimed by critics, and the album was released nationally by DreamWorks Records, who also issued an instrumental version of the album, titled The Instrumentalyst (Octagon Beats).[1][2] Thornton followed the album with Sex Style in 1997 under his own name.

In 1998, Thornton collaborated with Tim Dog for the single "The Industry Is Wack", performing under the name Ultra.[1][2] In 1999, he released the album First Come, First Served under the name "Dr. Dooom", in which the album's main character killed off Dr. Octagon on the album's opening track. On August 10, 1999, Thornton released Black Elvis/Lost in Space. It peaked at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #74 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #180 on the Billboard 200.[3] On July 25, 2000, Thornton released the album Matthew. It peaked at #47 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[4] The same year, Thornton collaborated with Ice-T, Marc Live, Black Silver and Pimp Rex for the album Pimp to Eat, under the group name Analog Brothers, with Keith performing as Keith Korg and Ice-T as Ice Oscillator.[1]

On June 5, 2001, Thornton released the album Spankmaster on Esham's Overcore Records through TVT Records.[5] It peaked at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #11 on the Top Independent Albums chart and #48 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[6] In 2002, Thornton began recording The Resurrection of Dr. Octagon with producer Fanatik J,[7][8] signing a contract with CMH Records to release the album, which was eventually completed without much input from Thornton, due to a falling out over contractual terms.[8] Thornton, Marc Live and H-Bomb formed the group KHM, releasing the album Game on November 19, 2002, changing their name to "The Clayborne Family" by the release of their second album.[2] On October 12, 2004, Thornton released the mixtape Official Space Tape. The same day, Real Talk Records issued the unauthorized release Dr. Octagon Part 2.[2] The album was discontinued by court order.[2] On April 25, 2006, Thornton released the album Nogatco Rd. under the name Mr. Nogatco.[2] On June 27, The Return of Dr. Octagon was released by OCD International, an imprint of CMH, advertised as the official follow-up to Dr. Octagonecologyst.[8] Some critics felt that it was not as good as its predecessor.[9][10] Thornton stated that he liked the album, but felt that it hurt his reputation as a musician.[8] In August, Thornton performed under the Dr. Octagon billing, but did not acknowledge the release of the OCD album.[11]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The New Rolling Stone Album Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-hop
  3. Charts and awards Black Elvis/Lost in Space
  4. Charts and awards for Matthew
  5. All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-hop pages 160–163
  6. Charts and awards for Spankmaster
  7. All The Voices In Kool Keith's Head Working On New Albums
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Kool Keith CD Scam Exposed
  9. Review of The Return of Dr. Octagon
  10. Review of The Return of Dr. Octagon
  11. Kool Keith's Bits & Pieces

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