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.