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Key To The Kuffs

JJ DOOM

Key To The Kuffs

Alternative hip-hop collaboration between Jneiro Jarel and Danielle Dumile

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
Lex
UK Release date
21/08/2012
US Release date
21/08/2012
  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The production on Key To The Kuffs pushes DOOM out of his comfort zone. It’s twitchy and sinister, electronic and aggressive.
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    DOOM is in the form of his life here. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   NME

    The result is Excellence as usual, with DOOM rumbling along between sinister and silly while JJ slings in off-kilter operatics
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  4. 8.0 |   BBC

    A terrific collaboration between two of hip hop’s maverick talents
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  5. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    JJ DOOM might not be the collaboration that everyone wanted to see, but ultimately hip hop needs this guy – in whatever incarnation he decides is necessary
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  6. 8.0 |   Prefix

    After a couple of listens, Key to the Kuffs really boils itself down to its two creators, and they seem pretty engrossed in one another
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    The best hip hop record to ever reference My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Print edition only

  8. 7.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    Some genuinely innovative production multiplied by DOOM’s erratic, yet smooth lyricism makes for a solid experience
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  9. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Every time DOOM's voice appears it takes over so authoritatively that, sloppy or on-point, the flow becomes more prominent than the beat he rides over
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  10. 7.0 |   Pop Matters

    A deeply bleak record, but it’s also one that becomes more and more enjoyable as its quirks sink in
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    Goes from confusing letdown to intriguing mystery after just a couple listens
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  12. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A questionably-structured album but with some potent flashes of brilliance, Key to the Kuffs’ distillation process is a couple of degrees shy of completion
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  13. 7.0 |   Uncut

    The rapper rarely lets his supervillain mask slip. Print edition only

  14. 7.0 |   music OMH

    A ballsy and hyperactive, yet frustratingly inconsistent, album
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  15. 7.0 |   Bowlegs

    Blink and you’ll miss some abstract reference or twisted metaphor. Repeated listens bring reward, even though it can feel like attempting to break the Enigma code at times
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  16. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    While our first glimpse of DOOM in three years is certainly a satisfying one, it's just not nearly enough, and doesn't quite match the sustained heights achieved on Madvillainy or even The Mouse and the Mask
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  17. 6.0 |   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
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  18. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Key to the Kuffs sounds less like a career on autopilot than a Phineas Gage-like feat of survival
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  19. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    It's a strange brew, and not every experiment works. A surreal, self-consciusly lo-fi, hallucinatory gumbo, and as such, an acquired taste – but an interesting union
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  20. 6.0 |   DIY

    When he gets it right, he’s one of the best
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  21. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Fascinating and dense music
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