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Kool Keith 

9 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

Bronx-bred rapper Kool Keith has been delighting and terrorizing devout rap fans since helping found the Ultramagnetic MC's in the mid-'80s. He's sure about a couple of things: He hates every popular rapper ever; he's the sleazy godfather of abstract rap; and he's also the self-proclaimed inventor of "horrorcore" and "pornocore." We aren't aware of anyone else trying to claim those titles, but nevertheless, Keith's rhymes are marked by deranged, dissociative verses that start off normal and quickly digress into the land of the gross and strange. For instance: "MCs jump off, I stung your rectum like a stingray" and "Step in the club/I throw urine on your mind" — and those are the cleanest verses we could find without serious digging into his 26 solo releases, nine alter egos and personal myths so numerous they rival the number of times he mentions how good he is with his "thing."

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