Track of the Day: 'So Beautiful' by Dr. Octagon

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Another day, another great cover—though this one’s closer to a remix:

Dr. Octagon, a.k.a. Kool Keith, put out one of the all-time great rap albums, 1996’s Dr. Octagonecologyst. “Blue Flowers” was a standout track then, but what’s remarkable is that today, 20 years later, it’s still living, breathing, and mutating, as artists of all stripes and levels of fame remix it. Prince Paul’s “So Beautiful” mix [embedded above] is the best known (and arguably the best). But there’s a lot to like in ADP3000’s “Blue Flowers in Brooklyn Zoo,” Worksounds’s “Work Springtime Remix,” Black Grass's eponymous mix, and a dozen others. Jury’s out on Team Teamwork’s Nintendo-based Yoshi’s Island version, though.

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