Kool Keith

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Kool Keith
Kool Keith performing in New Jersey, 2011
Kool Keith performing in New Jersey, 2011
Background information
Birth nameKeith Matthew Thornton
Also known as
  • Dr. Octagon
  • Dr. Dooom
  • Kool Keith
  • Black Elvis
  • Dr. Ultra
  • Crazy Lou
  • Poppa Large
  • Keith Korg
  • Dicky Long Docking
  • Platinum Rich
  • Underwear Pissy
  • Number One Producer
Born (1963-10-07) October 7, 1963 (age 58)
New York City, U.S.
GenresHip hop[1]
Years active1984–present

Keith Matthew Thornton (born October 7, 1963), better known by his stage name Kool Keith, is an American rapper and record producer from The Bronx, New York. Kool Keith has recorded many things both as a solo artist and with groups. Kool Keith is said to be one of hip-hop's most unusual people.[1]

Kool Keith was a cofounding member of Ultramagnetic MCs. Thier first song Critical Beatdown was released in 1988. After two more albums with the group, Funk Your Head Up and The Four Horsemen, Kool Keith released his solo album, Dr. Octagonecologyst. He released it under the name Dr. Octagon in 1996. He next released a series of hip hop albums. These include Sex Style, First Come, First Served (as Dr. Dooom), and most recently Keith.[2]

After releasing only one album on a major label, Black Elvis/Lost in Space, Kool Keith returned to independently releasing music. He worked alone and with groups such as Analog Brothers, Masters of Illusion, Thee Undatakerz and Project Polaroid. Kool Keith has also made guest appearances with Peeping Tom and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The Prodigy's hit "Smack My Bitch Up" was based on Kool Keith's voice saying "Change my pitch up. Smack my bitch up."

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Barshad, Amos. "Kool Keith Is Lost in His Own Space". www.grantland.com. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. Yoo, Noah (May 14, 2019). "Kool Keith Announces New Album KEITH". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 2, 2019.

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