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

KOOL KEITH - 2008/09 TOUR DATES
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)