Marc Weingarten
August 13, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Black Elvis/Lost in Space

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kool Keith
Producers
Ruffhouse
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A-

The loopy logic on Kool Keith’s previous two solo releases was a drag to decipher but a joy to behold. On Black Elvis, hip-hop’s reigning space cadet gets his Sybil on, channeling characters as disparate as a wigged-out astronaut, a ”space investor” (whatever that is), and a representin’ Black Elvis. Discerning a coherent through-line is tricky but beside the point. At a time when rap’s stars would rather flaunt stereotypes than break new ground, this brother from another planet is working in a zone of his own.

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