Kool Keith, Sex Style

Christopher R. Weingarten

By Christopher R. Weingarten

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

There's weird and then there's Kool Keith weird.

No one represents the ideal of the relentlessly idiosyncratic MC better than cult hero Kool Keith. Since his days in polysyllabic, science-addled late-'80s crew Ultramagnetic MCs, Keith has built his reputation on being a deranged chameleon, changing costumes, concepts, personae and monikers with practically every album (he's been sex-crazed space surgeon Dr. Octagon, cannibalistic psychopath Dr. Dooom and futuristic funkster Black Elvis, among others). On his joyously lewd "pornocore" mastur-piece Sex Style, his irregular flows (and freaky, lollipop-penetrating sexual deviancy) are as off-kilter as the buckin, synth-heavy spacefunk of producer KutMasta Kurt.