Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:11

Hip Hop Best Bet: Kool Keith

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Kool Keith wsg Assorted Anonymous
The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids
March 24, 8 p.m.
$15
pyramidschemebar.com, (616) 272-3758

So yeah, more than three decades in, and it looks like this whole "hip-hop" thing might actually be catching on after all. Praise be to the heavenly jam-masters that Kool Keith, one of rap's most senior perpetrators, is still around to shake the establishment loose by slicing beats and spitting out choice rhymes. As the self-proclaimed founder of "horrorcore," Kool Keith has been reducing the competition to puddles of quaking fear for nearly 20 years – a pretty impressive feat, considering how quickly the revolving door of here-today-forgotten-tomorrow fortune tends to toss celebs out like bad milk. Having now released more than 10 albums, with plenty of notable collaborations to accompany solo success, Kool Keith continues even now, amidst all the T.I.s, T-Pains and the T-whoevers, to bring a unique surrealism to the rap game. 

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