Under many, many monikers over the years including Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, and Black Elvis, legendary Bronx-based Jupiter-born rapper Kool Keith is still spitting his eccentric thoughts decades into his career with as much flow as ever. Well-known for his lyrics focused on absurd metaphors and surreal similes, Keith’s oddness certainly aligns with continued collaborators Junkadelic Music as well as hip hop-punk amalgam Planet B, comprised of punk vocalist Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox, Dead Cross) and double MPC-wielding Luke Henshaw (Sonido de la Frontera). After Keith’s initial guest vocals on Planet B track “Crustfund”, the duo have once again collaborated with the notorious rapper to create a blistering remix of his new track,”Blast”. Where Junkadelic approach the track with a more classic hip hop vibe, focused on bass-heavy percussion, punctuated by scratching and utilizing a notable Eazy-E sample from “Switchez”, Pearson steps in to deliver the same lyrics with a bit more grit and gusto in the Planet B version— a literal auditory blast to the listener. On track “Uncrushable”, Henshaw brings his sci-fi, horror-inspired beats as a dark background to Keith’s vocals. The EP concludes with an unlikely but somehow perfect mashup of “Uncrushable” with hardcore supergroup Dead Cross (Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson, Mike Crain) track, “Church of the Motherfuckers.”
Kool Keith’s newest “Blast” b/w “Uncrushable” EP will be released by Three One G Records on March 29th. Pre-order here.
Video for Blast (Planet B Remix) by Chris Cunningham (Dark Details).
Having recently collaborated with Planet B to create the eerie, glitchy music video for Mirror, Mirror on The World described by Alternative Press as being ideal for “fans of electroshock therapy, psychological horror movies and neurosurgeons screaming at paranoia’s poison door,” director Dark Details (Chris Cunningham) has once again tapped into raw fear and pure weirdness for this, the Planet B remix of Kool Keith track “Blast”. This time, though, the horror lays not in the cyber world, but smack dab in the middle of barren, snowy wilderness. Featuring various weapon-wielding furries (everyone’s nightmare), the essence of absurdity that defines both Planet B and Kool Keith is visually represented perfectly and brutally.
“Blast” b/w “Uncrushable” EP:
Blast (Planet B Remix)
Uncrushable (Dead Cross Mashup)