Release Date: Jun 5, 2012
Record label: Junkadelic
Whatever nom de plume he chooses to use, there can be no doubting the impact that Keith Matthew Thornton has had on the sound, and look, of hip-hop. It’s hard to keep count on the sheer volume of music he has released but some judicious research points to this new album Love & Danger being his eighteenth solo album. Apparently this is also to be his last album according to some of his recent mutterings in the press and online, with perhaps the biggest hint being the last track on the album “Goodbye Rap”.
Kool Keith :: Love & DangerJunkadelic MusicAuthor: Steve 'Flash' Juon"True Religion on double XDimes rubbed togetherLane Bryant support, no heartburnShe can't breathe at the food courtText no talkWhales need sportsAnd you love thaaaaaaaatAnd you loooove that" When listening to the second track of Kool Keith's brand new album "Love & Danger" entitled "You Love That," it's entirely open to interpretation if Keith is celebrating oversized women who love to eat or mocking their obesity. Needless to say, not every rapper will come to a woman by saying "I'll lace you with that Dannon yogurt. " If you expect clearer explanations of what's going on, then you should know right now you've got the wrong rapper.
As the epicenter from which Hip Hop’s primary gatekeepers scrutinize the culture that has expanded far from humble beginnings, New York’s self-importance is equally questioned and justified. While some argue the Big Apple’s prominence has come and gone, diehard stalwarts fight for monumental originators to never be rendered obsolete. A leading figure of the revolutionary elite group Ultramagnetic MCs, Kool Keith, has preserved a solo cult following due to an endless well of creativity and zany humor spawning numerous characters and concept LPs for the greater part of two decades now.
The maverick rapper’s latest has lyrical lunacy to spare. Adam Kennedy 2012 Possibly hip hop's last true maverick – and certainly the oldest on the block – New York City-raised veteran Kool Keith has sliced through the past 15 years (plus) of rap without second-glancing trends. The Prodigy-sampled, erstwhile Ultramagnetic MCs member's 13th solo studio album doesn't change that either, defying advancing age (late 40s, as far as anybody knows) with lyrical lunacy to spare.