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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words By Black Bubblegum

Kool Keith

"Just 'cause you're underground doesn't mean you have to eat a bologna sandwich; I stay in five-star hotels!" Keith barks. "I hear a lot of people talking about the streets. What streets are they talking about? There are no streets. I respect someone who says, 'I'm coming out of the Wal-Mart with the shopping cart, and I'm gonna tear you apart!' If you want to talk about Kmart, Motel 6, and the Waffle House, then we might have a record."

Since his pioneering days with the oft-overlooked Ultramagnetic MC's, the Bay Area rapper's accused a long line of spitters of jacking his style.

"The only rapper I respect out there is Puffy," Keith concedes. "He sounds the best to me, and everybody else is straight garbage. I just listen to Puffy, and I throw everybody else's CDs out the window. He's the only one I want to do a record with."
[The Austin Chronicle]

The ever mysterious Poppa Large, aka Kool Keith, is back at it... and this time the halfsharkalligatorhalfman will play a show at Blender on April 3rd as "Dr Octagon vs Dr Doom"... presumably, that means material from his albums under those psuedonyms. Tickets go on sat Saturday 11/15 at noon here.

Kool Keith is scheduled for handful of other dates, including the upcoming ATP Nightmare Before Christmas (curated by Mike Patton and the Melvins). Hip-hop's favorite weirdo also recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin (billed as "Kool Keith/Dr. Octagon"). More pictures from that, and all dates below...

Kool Keith

Kool Keith

Kool Keith

Kool Keith

Dec 5 2008 Sugarfactory Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dec 7 2008 ATP Nightmare Before Christmas 2008 Minehead, Somerset, Southwest
Feb 17 2009 Sugar Nightclub Victoria, BC
Feb 27 2009 El Rey Los Angeles, CA
Apr 03 2009 Blender Theater, NY (Dr Octagon vs Dr Doom)



Comments (18)

poppa large is still an amazing track

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2008 2:12 PM

Keith doesn't like Kanye?

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2008 2:33 PM

It's been almost ten years since I heard a good track by Kool Keith.

Posted by Regular reader | November 14, 2008 2:51 PM

"The only rapper I respect out there is Puffy."

This either explains why his music has sucked so hard recently or why he's a genius.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2008 2:59 PM

Much repect to Blue Flowers and all, but the only doom worth listening to is MF DOOM.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2008 3:11 PM

3:11, you must have never heard dr dooom. it got overshadowed by black elvis at it's time of release, but damn its good.

Posted by jojo | November 14, 2008 4:37 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2008 6:35 PM

Dean Ween's rejected black metal album from '96>Vampire Weekend.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2008 7:31 PM

vamp weekend fags hit the road...dr. dooom was, and is, thee shit.
on par rhyme-wise/rawer, crisper production ala kutmaster kurt.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2008 10:27 PM

after reading p*fork's pointdexter prose on their album, i downloaded. i listened. i yawned (except for that one good one.) i relistened, and again, yawned. this went on for a good while, always yielding the same results. they're even worse live. rather listen to david byrne talk about the weather...

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2008 10:39 PM

Yeah, "First Come, First Served" is barely a blip on the radar of late 1990s hip-hop ... but it's pretty outstanding. And Dr. Dooom kills off Dr. Octagon during the intro, which is fun.

(And to be fair, I'm no Kool Keith apologist. "The Return of Dr. Octagon" and "Dr. Dooom 2" are two of the worst rap albums in history.)


Posted by David | November 15, 2008 4:40 PM

I believe keith goes by DR DOOOM, with three O's.
DOOM with 2 would be MF.

Keep it real, and represent what? My Nuts!

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2008 9:28 AM

WHOA DAVID. Dr. Dooom 2 the worst rap album of all time? I can understand Return of Dr. Octagon 2. But Dr. Dooom 2? You can say you didn't care for it but calling it horrible is just...bullshit!

Posted by EL Dastardo | January 3, 2009 3:43 AM

The Return of Dr. Octagon is not a Keith Record.

No wack remixes or duplicated copies.

Some chump producers stole Kool's masters and made that rip off trash.

Dooom 2 is the shit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2009 9:50 PM

Dr. Doom is weird but thats what i love about his music

Posted by david | April 4, 2009 6:12 PM

all his shit is good. The music on return of octogon is outstanding

Posted by dan | February 20, 2010 3:39 PM

there is a reason why the ruturn of dr octagon was shit..... because keith had nothing to do with its production.
fist come first served was awesome and so was Dr Dooom 2
but i think keith should do a album with chewbacca uncircumcised, father, Jacky Jasper and kutmaster kurt that would be really good!

Posted by Trent | August 31, 2011 10:18 PM

keith is not a bay area rapper!

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2012 12:29 AM

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