Kool Keith Similar Artists

Dr. Octagon - 71% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Electronic & Ambient R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Keith Thornton, New York, USA. More commonly known as Kool Keith while a member of groundbreaking New York, US rap group the Ultramagnetic MC’s, Thornton has also travelled under a variety of other pseudonyms - Dr. Dooom, Poppa Large, the Reverend Tom, Sinister 6000, Big Willie Smith and Mr. Gerbik. In the mid-90s, and now based in Los Angeles, Thornton unveiled his lat Read more

Ultramagnetic MC's - 62% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Bronx, New York, USA-based four-piece rap troupe incorporated the best traditions of jazz and funk in their polished, rhythmic style. Having worked with Boogie Down Productions’ KRS-One among many others, the Ultramagnetic MC’s earned their reputation at the forefront of rap, pioneering the use of the sampler in hip-hop. They comprised Maurice Smith (aka Moe Love Read more

EPMD - 28% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Aceyalone - 26% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Mr. Lif - 26% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Jeffrey Haynes, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. This Berkley, California-based rapper draws influence from hip-hop illuminati such as Gang Starr rapper Guru, KRS-One, Rakim and, most pointedly, Public Enemy’s Chuck D. and sets peers such as Aesop Rock, Cannibal Ox and El-P as his benchmarks, to create hip-hop that is funky and political. Haynes is part of the Rebel Alliance Read more

Prince Paul - 26% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Paul E. Huston, 2 April 1967, Amityville, Long Island, New York, USA. Alongside Daddy-O, Prince Paul is the second of Stetsasonic’s founding members to enjoy notable extra-curricular activities. Similarly his production credits take pride of place in his list of achievements. Probably his proudest moment came in helming De La Soul’s 1989 classic 3 Feet High And Ris Read more

KRS-One - 25% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Lawrence Krisna Parker, 20 August 1965, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. The kingpin of Boogie Down Productions and a genuine hip-hop pioneer, at the peak of his career in the late 80s and early 90s KRS-One’s standing was reflected not only in terms of his music, but also his lecture tours of the USA, appearing at Yale, Harvard, and countless other institutions Read more

Ol' Dirty Bastard - 25% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Smif-N-Wessun - 23% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Brooklyn, New York, USA-based outfit, named after the famous gun-making duo, Smif N Wessun arrived as the second act on Nervous Records’ subsidiary, Wreck, in 1993. Rappers Tek and Steele first broke vinyl cover with two tracks, ‘Black Smif n Wessun’ and ‘U Da Man’, housed on Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage album. The association with the latter began w Read more

Tha Alkaholiks - 23% match to Kool Keith

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This US rap crew specialize in fun, funky tunes. The line-up comprises J-Ro (James Robinson, Los Angeles, California, USA), Tash (b. Rico Smith, Ohio, USA) and DJ E-Swift (b. Eric Brooks, Ohio, USA). Despite raised eyebrows over their name and gaudy stage performances, Tha Alkaholiks have become popular proponents of ‘party rap’. J-Ro had intended to become a rappe Read more

The Beatnuts - 23% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This Latino hip-hop crew from New York established their name in the late 80s with remix credits for Prime Minister Pete Nice, Naughty By Nature, Da Lench Mob and Cypress Hill, and also produced Chi-Ali, Da Youngsta’s and Fat Joe. Originally comprising Psycho Les (Lester Fernandez) and Junkyard JuJu (b. Jerry Tineo), lyricist Fashion (b. Berntony Smalls) was added when Read more

Ice-T - 22% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Funk Spoken Word Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Tracy Marrow, 16 February 1958, Newark, New Jersey, USA. One of the most outspoken rappers to emerge from the 80s west coast hip-hop scene, and one of the founding fathers of gangsta rap, Ice-T boasts (sometimes literally) a violent past in which he was shot twice - once while involved in an armed robbery. His name, fittingly, is taken from black exploitation author Iceberg Read more

J-Live - 22% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Jean-Jacques Cadet, 1976, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Hip-hop artist J-Live is probably better equipped at rhymes and raps than the average performer as he is a former junior high school English teacher. He began rapping at the age of 12, eventually attending college and interning at Rawshack Records simultaneously. Paying the bills with his aforementioned teaching job, J-Live Read more

Pharoahe Monch - 22% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
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Big Daddy Kane - 21% match to Kool Keith

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Antonio M. Hardy, 10 September 1968, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Self-styled ‘black gentleman vampire’, whose KANE moniker is an acronym for King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal. Kane followed his cousin into hip-hop by rapping in front of a beatbox for his first shows on Long Island, New York. Aided by his DJ Mr Cee, he has released several albums of laconic, fully reali Read more


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