Kool Keith

Kool Keith

Keith Matthew Thornton (born October 7, 1963), better known by his stage name Kool Keith, is an American rapper and record producer from The Bronx, New York City, known for his surreal, abstract and often profane or incomprehensible lyrics. Kool Keith has recorded prolifically both as a solo artist and in group collaborations. Kool Keith is generally considered to be one of hip-hop’s most eccentric and unusual personalities

Kool Keith says he invented horrorcore, and while the timeline may be off, he definitely took the genre in new directions. After the anything-goes, alternative hip-hop of 1996’s Dr. Octagonecologyst, Keith took the mantle of Dr. Dooom, a cannibalistic murderer who kills Dr. Octagon on the first track of First Come, First Served.

His hallucinatory, free associative lyrics make his twisted tales that much more vivid (“using charcoal to broil, wrap your jealous eyeballs in aluminum foil”), and his almost casual couplets read like American Psycho: “three weeks ago I dumped a bag of legs with beer kegs/ went to Ralph’s and bought a six-pack and some eggs”. And producer KutMasta Kurt didn’t stop at sampling obscure horror scores: with its theremins and assorted bumps in the night, First Come, First Served sounds like a funhouse-haunted house hybrid.


Critical Beatdown (w/ Ultramagnetic MCs) (1988)
Funk Your Head Up (w/ Ultramagnetic MCs) (1992)
The Four Horsemen (w/ Ultramagnetic MCs) (1993)
Dr. Octagonecologyst (1996)
Big Time (w/ Ultra) (1996)
The Cenobites (w/ The Cenobites) (1997)
Sex Style (1997)
First Come, First Served (1999)
Black Elvis/Lost in Space (1999)
Matthew (2000)
Pimp to Eat (w/ Analog Brothers) (2000)
A Much Better Tomorrow (w/ Dan The Automator) (2000)
Masters of Illusion (w/ Masters of Illusion) (2000)
Spankmaster (2001)
Game (w/ KHM) (2002)
Kool Keith Presents Thee Undatakerz (w/ Thee Undatakerz) (2004)
Kool Keith Official Space Tape (w/ DJ Junkaz Lou) (2004)
Diesel Truckers (w/ The Diesel Truckers) (2004)
Clayborne Family (w/ Clayborne Family) (2004)
Nogatco Rd. (2006)
The Original SoundTrack Album of Project Polaroid (w/ Project Polaroid) (2006)
The Return of Dr. Octagon (2006)
The Best Kept Secret (w/ Ultramagnetic MCs) (2007)
Dr. Dooom 2 (2008)
Tashan Dorrsett (2009)
Idea of a Masterpiece (w/ 57-41) (2009)
Bikinis N Thongs (w/ Denis Deft) (2009)
Stoned (w/ 7th Veil) (2009)
Ultra Laboratory Stories (w/ Ultramagnetic MCs) (2010)
Love & Danger (2012)
Magnetic Pimp Force Field (w/ Big Sche Eastwood) (2013)
Demolition Crash (2014)
El Dorado Driven (2014)
Time? Astonishing! (w/ L’Orange) (2015)
A Couple of Slices (w/ Ray West) (2015)
Feature Magnetic (2016)
Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation (2018)
Controller of Trap (2018)
Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation The SP 1200 Remixes (w/ Dan The Automator) (2018)
Keith (2019)
Computer Technology (2019)
The Foundation Album (2019)
Saks 5th Ave (2019)
Space Goretex (w/ Thetan) (2020)
Ced Gee X Kool Keith (w/ Ultramagnetic MCs) (2022)

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