Guess who’s back: yes, it is the man from Jupiter with his thousand monikers. Dr. Dooom, aka Black Elvis aka Poppa Large aka Dr. Octagon graces us once again with his presence, as Kool Keith. After his last record compilation "The Lost Masters Vol. 3" in 2009, he teamed up with DJ Junkaz Lou from Paris again and released "Love & Danger." According to the rumour mill and Kool Keith himself, his 13th solo album with guest appearances by legendary Keith Murray, Mr. Sche and Megabone, will be his last record.
This should not be the reason to listen to “Love & Danger,” though. The reason is his weird lyrical genius and the extraordinary production.
One of the highlights on “Love & Danger” surely is Kool Keith’s personal love letter "New York." You can tell by the lyrics that his four year New York hiatus (1996-2000) forged an even stronger bond with his city and borough. Above all, Junkaz Lou contributes the perfect minimalistic beat to the lyrics.
"Who´s The Man" starts off with shutter release button noises and if you know little about Kool Keith, you know he’ll be talking about his two hobbies: girls and photography. And, with the bouncy beat and the unknown female refrain vocals, the song is definitely fun to listen to.
Finally, "Goodbye Rap" marks the most controversial song on the record. Accompanied by a piano sampled, deep beat, Kool Keith’s message comes across quite clear: "[…] This song is the last song, I quit rap, couldn’t find competition […]" Well, uhm, what? Is this for real?
I have only one answer: even if he is done with rap, because "[…]the industry is wack […]" - he talks about that since "Ultra - Big Time" in 1995. He is probably now willing to make room for emerging artists, but who knows? The only thing I know is, he won’t be able to stop writing lyrics, making beats and performing live. Last month he twittered five new songs and did four shows. Even if he seriously wants to quit, he would have to be held up in Bellevue Hospital. Diagnosis: rap-aholic.