This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

October 19th – Kool Keith was born Keith Matthew Thornton in The Bronx, New York on this day in 1963.

Kool Keith began his career as part of the groundbreaking Ultramagnetic MC’s, whose lineup at one time included Ced-Gee, TR Love, Moe and Tim Dog.

After releasing a slew of classic underground singles with Ultramagnetic in the mid-1980’s like “Ego Trippin’”, “Traveling At The Speed Of Thought (Original)” and “Funky”, the group released their innovative debut album “Critical Beatdown” in 1988 on Next Plateau Records.

“Critical Beatdown” was one of the first albums to utilize digital sampling.

In 1992, the group moved to Mercury Records and released their sophomore set “Funk Your Head Up”, followed by 1995’s “The Four Horsemen”.

In 1995, Keith went solo and released the single “Earth People” on MCA Records.

Keith released his debut solo album the following year called “Dr. Octagonecologyst” under the alias Dr. Octagon, one of many Keith would use over the next decade.

Kool Keith would release close to 30 more solo albums since then, mainly all conceptual and on the fringe musically with many calling him “The Godfather Of Alternative Hip-Hop”.

The exact number of solo albums Keith has released is only estimated at 30 because of the amount of albums that he has self-released digitally.

His most recently released set appears to be “Demolition Crash”, released in the spring of 2014.

Kool Keith continues to record new records with Ultramagnetic in recent years as well as appear on several Ultramagnetic compilations.

Kool Keith is one of the most innovative and influential hip-hop artists of all time.