Who in hip hop has earned the right to be awkward more than Kool Keith? Who is freakier than Dr. Octagon? Who deserves more bragging rights than Poppa Large, Big Shot on the East Coast? Who can turn an obtuse track into something strangely creative better than Black Elvis?
Ladies and gentlemen, hip hops most schizophrenic man has returned. This is Kool Keith, perpetrator of all the aforementioned aliases. This time, hes in the form of a connoisseur of fine porn morphing into a space-age, rhyme-slingin, African-American variation of Gracelands finest. Black Elvis/Lost in Space is rap music on comically abstract acid. If youre a Keith aficionado, you know to expect the unexpected. If youve been out of touch for a minute, be patient for about the first four songs. Keiths method is totally out of the box.
"Yeah/Every morning I wake up/and look in the mirror/I am the official Black Elvis/Thats right/ When you see me/with my wig to the side/wearin my short leather jacket/with Marilyn Monroe on my back/Im livin that life."
Its not exactly hip-hop schtick. Its definitely la vida loca. Keith is legendary for the wacky personality that has stuck out like a sore thumb since his days with the Ultramagnetic MCs. Irregularity is his common denominator. Nothing else is sacred. Avoid psychoanalyzing lyrics like "Supergalactic lover/comin from the projects on the hill/in my monkey-green ragtop Seville." Also, its unnecessary to criticize the old-school rhyme style because, after all, thats what the man is. Just release yourself for 60 minutes and get a kick out of it.
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