Dr. Octagon is but one of many of Kool Keith’s alter egos. Under the Dr. Octagon moniker, his initial release was 1996’s Dr. Octagonecologyst, on which he collaborated with Dan the Automator Nakamura and DJ QBert. After the moniker was killed off in favour of Dr. Dooom, it was widely believed that it wouldn’t be used again, until the release of 2006’s The Return of Dr. Octagon.
The original album acheived critical acclaim and was a springboard for Dan the Automator’s young career, but Dan the Automator and Keith have been reported to have had a falling out. Keith drew from an entirely different group of collaborators for The Return including One Watt Sun, DJ Dexter, formerly of The Avalanches, and New York MC Princess Superstar.
Prior to release, a digital comic accompanied by remixes of material off the new album was released. The digital comic contains mp3s in each of its eight weekly installments, remixed by Alines, Kid Loco, Cassettes Won’t Listen, DJ Ese and catchdubs among others. Also potential contributors including Aesop Rock, Prefuse 73, Her Space Holiday and Spank Rock.