Known as a co-founder of renowned hip-hop Ultramagnetic MCs and for a lengthy and uncompromisingly weird solo career in which he has taken up a number of aliases and personas while collaborating with an incredible array of emcees and producers, Kool Keith is arguably one of hip-hop’s strangest and most unique artists as he’s continually perfected and expanded upon an inimitable flow full of surreal, fantastic tangents, grimly violent and nightmarish imagery, pop cultural references — while frequently and effortlessly switching perspective, moods and points of view within the same song. Future Magnetic, the prolific Bronx-based emcee’s forthcoming effort is slated for a September 16, 2016 release through Mello Music Group and the album features Kool Keith collaborating with Ras Kass, Atmosphere’s Slug, MF Doom and Dirt Nasty.
Now if you had been frequenting this site last month, you may recall that I wrote about “World Wide Lamper,” a single consisted of a menacingly sparse and hypnotic production featuring winkling synths and subtle yet propulsive drum programming paired with Kool Keith, B.A.R.S. Murre and Dirt Nasty trading braggadocio-filled bars full of insane punchlines that make references to pop culture, the profane, the grisly violent and the surreal. “Super Hero,” the album’s latest single has the renowned and prolific emcee spitting incredibly visual bars full of his signature pop cultural and comic book references over a Madlib production consisting of wobbling and undulating synths, stuttering drum programming and looped chimes around the song’s infectious hook. Much like “World Wide Lamper,” Future Magnetic‘s latest single should serve as a reminder to the listener that Kool Keith is arguably one of the most mischievously inventive and challenging artists in hip-hop — and that sadly you won’t hear this kind of gloriously weird music on your multinational, conglomerate hip-hop radio station.