Kool Keith

Genres: Documentaries Urban
Tags: hip-hop underground hip-hop rap hip hop new york seen live Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Keith Thornton, New York, USA. Under his Dr. Octagon pseudonym, hip-hop conceptualist and vocalist Kool Keith brilliantly rejected the genre’s appetite for brutal (supposed) reality, adopting the persona of a colour-shifting alien from Jupiter with a brain that glowed yellow, black, red, green and purple. Although the former member of Ultramagnetic MC’s had created one of hip-hop’s most genuinely intriguing personas on 1996’s Dr. Octagonecologyst, Dr. Octagon was terminated on the opening track of 1999’s First Come, First Served, Kool Keith’s debut under the Dr. Dooom alter ego. The same year’s Black Elvis/Lost In Space introduced a further alter-ego for Thornton: the rapper described the album as ‘a 100% Kool Keith project’ and (his wig-wearing) Black Elvis as Dr. Dooom’s younger brother. The frequent changes of alter egos and personalities (on 1997’s porn-sampling Sex Style, Thornton had adopted the persona...

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