Kool Keith

Kool Keith has always lurked on the fringes of respectable rap. First as a game-changing lyricist within the Bronx new-school pioneers Ultramagnetic MC's, Keith found novel ways to express his rhyme supremacy — often succeeding by completely confounding and cracking up the listener. By 1996, he was digging far deeper and darker as a solo artist. His Dr. Octagon persona was ruthless, destructive, and the perfect villain to root for. Dr. Octagonecologyst was a filthy — both in terms of quality and ribald medical subject matter — collaboration with prolific sample-chopper Dan "The Automator" Nakamura. Though psychedelic beats and horrific lyrics made Octagonecologyst one of the most thrilling hip-hop albums of that decade, Keith remained a prolific cult figure with records under rotating monikers in the ensuing years. This year's Love and Danger proves he hasn't lost his sense of humor. "Everything I hit is nonsense," he raps at one point. Still makes sense to us. With Marijuana Deathsquads.
Wed., Dec. 12, 9 p.m., 2012

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