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Kool Keith with Friends With The Help and Rushden and Diamonds
Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, Poppa Large… Kool Keith is a man of many aliases. Whether Keith is spitting rhymes as Mr. Gerbik (the dangerous 208 year old, half-aligator uncle of Dr Octagon) or Crazy Lou (the guns and ammo salesman) you never quite know what to expect. Keith has built a career on defying expectations, pushing boundaries, and introducing Hip Hop to the surreal. In the process he has become one of the most respected MCs in underground Hip Hop.
A Hip Hop pioneer from the Bronx, Kool Keith first emerged s a founding member of The Ultramagnetic MCs in the early 1980s. His first solo releases as Dr Octagon dropped in the mid-90s. His eponymous record, Dr Octagonecologyst, was released in 1996 remains one of the most critically acclaimed Hip Hop records of all time and is credited for revitalizing alternative and underground Hip Hop.
Kool Keith continues to release complex, compelling, self-referential records which inhabit the ever-expanding universe of one of Hip Hops most revered orators.
FRIENDS WITH THE HELP
Friends With The Help are Low Lux, Young Nige, and DJ K-Rec. Most recently, the Vancouver hip-hop trio pooled styles on "Confidence", a 13 track original album that follows hot on the heels of a celebrated debut mixtape (self-titled).
This ascendant local crew is known for their insane Dirty Rap parties, so expect nothing less than for them to blow the roof off The Rickshaw.
RUSHDEN AND DIAMONDS