Kool Keith

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“I gotta put the baboon back in the zoo”

Every few years I check up on what Kool Keith is doing musically. He is truly a genius musician in the purest sense of the term–he just does his thing, and does it well–well, like any genius, he has his amazing songs, and a few questionable ones too! He has weathered ups and downs in hip hop as a whole–and basically has created his own musical universe.

He basically raps off in his own dimension seemingly self-sufficient and not needing much connection to what popularly passes for hip hop on mainstream TV and the radio. Imagine if some skillful rapper like Jay-Z was channeling Wesley Willis, Captain Beefheart, and Frank Zappa. With the large number of records he has put out it’s like he is exerting his sheer willpower, remaking the universe in his own vision. I think Nietzsche and Ayn Rand would appreciate it–that is, if they listened to hip hop.

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