Weird Science

by

comment

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 hop’s most schizophrenic man has returned. This is Kool Keith, perpetrator of all the aforementioned aliases. This time, he’s in the form of a connoisseur of fine porn morphing into a space-age, rhyme-slingin’, African-American variation of Graceland’s finest. Black Elvis/Lost in Space is rap music on comically abstract acid. If you’re a Keith aficionado, you know to expect the unexpected. If you’ve been out of touch for a minute, be patient for about the first four songs. Keith’s method is totally out of the box.

"Yeah/Every morning I wake up/and look in the mirror/I am the official Black Elvis/That’s right/ When you see me/with my wig to the side/wearin’ my short leather jacket/with Marilyn Monroe on my back/I’m livin’ that life."

It’s not exactly hip-hop schtick. It’s 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, it’s unnecessary to criticize the old-school rhyme style because, after all, that’s what the man is. Just release yourself for 60 minutes and get a kick out of it.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.