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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 29, 2019 | Three One G

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 27, 2019 | Junkadelic Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 27, 2014 | Junkadelic Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 16, 2016 | Mello Music Group

On Feature Magnetic, hip-hop's all-time greatest eccentric teams up with a slew of rap veterans for a batch of straightforward yet surreal tracks. Keith is pushing 50, and while he's sounded like he's phoning it in on some of his later albums, he generally sounds pretty energized on this one, and many of his rhymes are flat-out hilarious. Even though he only does about half the rapping, he produced most of the selections (billed as Number One Producer), so it sounds remarkably cohesive. The tracks tend to be minimalist, usually just sticking to a booming beat and ominous pianos or synth melodies, putting a spotlight on the lyrics. Keith is still a master at coming up with rapid-fire non sequiturs, offering to "put lingerie on Marie Osmond" a minute into the album on "Stratocaster." His favorite lyrical subjects remain sex, food, comic book characters (not for nothing does MF Doom show up on the song called "Super Hero"), basketball, and his disgust with the rap industry. He's as filthy as ever on tracks like "Girl Grab," on which he's matched by Necro, who is gleefully offensive as always. Keith rants against a music business that doesn't recognize his genius on "Tired," and Ed O.G seems even more enraged than him. "Peer Pressure" is more introspective, with Keith reflecting on his upbringing and the early days of his career while Atmosphere's Slug ends up delivering wackier rhymes ("I play fantasy football with John Lithgow and Pitbull"). The album's smoothest track is "Bonneville," a G-funk jam featuring a confident guest verse from Bay Area legend Mac Mall. Almost all of the guest MCs have an excellent chemistry with Keith, so the album is appropriately titled, and even with a large supporting cast, it still sounds unmistakably like a Kool Keith album. ~ Paul Simpson
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 27, 2013 | Junkadelic Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 27, 2014 | Junkadelic Music

Scratching like a madman, DJ Junkaz Lou aggressively blends a set of collabs and remixes for Kool Keith's two-CD Collabs Tape, one of the most hip-hop-feeling releases from the man since his days in the Ultramagnetic MC's. The guest list has a lot to do with the street feel of the album with folks like Chino XL, Guru, and Ice-T bringing this brother from another planet back down to the sneaker-wearing hood where battle rapping and freestyling are favored over concept albums and esoteric projects. The same cannot be said for Keith's team-up with the equally "out there" Ol' Dirty Bastard, but if you're thinking "Mankind Theme" is some long lost track from the two, it's not. It's just "Wreck" from the WWF Aggression collection retitled, something the Collabs Tape does elsewhere. There are barely any liner notes and figuring out where most of these tracks originally appeared takes some Internet search-engine savvy, but this stark presentation is perfectly underground mixtape and a minor complaint when faced with so much prime Kool Keith presented in such a fierce, overwhelming mix. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 4, 1997 | Threshold Recordings, LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 10, 2013 | Junkadelic Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 5, 2012 | Junkadelic Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 22, 2010 | Junkadelic Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 9, 2000 | DMAFT

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 5, 2011 | Junkadelic Music

Kool Keith exploring yet another alter ego over an entire solo LP sounds good enough on paper. And his explanation of this persona is intriguing as well: "Tashan Dorrsett is the reality person from New York City with an image of being real and regular, dealing with daily life situations." But the energy just isn't there. The lifeless intro -- which has Keith repeating "Tashan Dorrsett" over and over again along with every geographical location he can think of -- is enough to let you know what you're in for here. Produced entirely by French beatmaker DJ Junkaz Lou (except for a trio of remixes at the end of the album), Tashan Dorrsett doesn't do much to make good on the proposed concept. Instead, we're left with Keith's usual scatological obsessions; the verb "defecate" appears in every song and Tashan is characterized as "the urine lurker" who carries Ajax with him wherever he goes. And while DJ Junkaz Lou's production tends to be rather static, at least half of the beats here are serviceable as KutMasta Kurt or Dan the Automator surrogates. Still, Keith fails to bring life to clunkers like "Booty Clap" and "New Shhhiiit." There are occasional glimmers of the brilliant over the top rants heard on Sex Style and Dr. Dooom when Keith goes into his signature chewing-out rap wannabes on "The Real Beginner" and the space-age quiet storm cut "Glamour Life," but the Ultramag alum's imagination never runs too wild when lambasting studio gangstas ("Good mama's boys that act wild show up to the Bill Cosby show/They take a sponsorship from Magnavox"). Even the ad-libs lack the madcap braggadocio that occasionally makes a Kool Keith snoozer worthwhile. It's disappointing when considering that the "daily life situations" approach would seem to have potential (just think of the absurdity of Keith rhyming hard about taking out the trash or waiting in line at the deli) if he actually attempted to execute it. But who knows -- Keith's definition of "daily life situations" may very well be a steady dose of enemas, golden showers, and random defecations beside Mayor Bloomberg. ~ Matt Rinaldi
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 24, 2015 | Mello Music Group

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 29, 2016 | Junkadelic Music

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 9, 2005 | DMAFT

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 1, 1996 | Threshold Recordings, LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 31, 2016 | Threshold Recordings, LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 26, 2006 | Sickbay Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 8, 2019 | Three One G

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2008 | Indie Power, LLC