New solo business from prime Ultramagnetic MC, the one and only Kool Keith. Simply titled KEITH, this record offers ample opportunity for fine rhymes to be spun, by Keith himself and guests like Paul Wall and B-Real of Cypress Hill. Production was taken care of by Psycho Les, out of The Beatnuts. On Mello Music Group.
Vinyl LP £21.99 MMG001271
LP on Mello Music Group.
Kool Keith is a rap legend with 58 alter-egos, 34 studio albums, and a place in the sample history books after the Prodigy used one of his bars for their classic 'Smack My Bitch Up'. New album 'KEITH' proves he's in fine, fine fettle with no sign of letting up.
'KEITH' is full of classic Kool Keith flow, all arcane references, surreal landscapes, and, of course, some very rude sexual references. It's definitely not one for the family barbecue.
I love the hooks on this record. Lyrics like "Graceland / Elvis", or "They sexy up a footlocker" are just so self-consciously dumb that they somehow work with the far more nuanced content of the verse bars, which are dense, almost impenetrable, full of internal rhymes, that seems to collapse under the weight of Keith's ability to wring the most out of a rhyme.
This is a really varied record and Psycho Les has done a stellar job of the production. The beats sound modern with the skittering trap-style hi-hats and some heavy autotune. 'Holy Water' is one of my favourites of this album, combining really fat distorted synth bass, twinkly sleigh bells, and one of Keith's best and most bizarre couplets 'Lord save the demons / let me feed them natural gospel mushrooms".
'KEITH' is a big, beautiful, sprawling album that proves why Kool Keith is one of rap's most interesting and exciting sons.
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