Kool Keith Reacts To Eminem’s Mention On “The Monster”

Kool Keith

On Eminem’s hit single, “The Monster” featuring Rihanna, he name drops a rapper young fans might not know, but hip-hop heads of the 1980’s and 90’s definitely know who Kool Keith is.

On the song, Em raps: “Going coo-coo and kooky as Kool Keith / But I’m actually weirder than you think.”

Keith — known by many alias, most notably Dr. Octagon — recently spoke to VladTV about the Em’s name check, saying he was initially being surprised by it.

“When I heard him [mention me] on the song, I was like, ‘Wow, it’s very good because a lot of people look up to Eminem and he don’t really say a lot of people’s names on the song,” said the rap vet. “I didn’t get much slack from Eminem saying my name, I got more slack from people that was mad that he was saying my name… the average rapper who wanted to be known. A lot of guys felt bad… you got a lot of dudes out here, they look up to him a lot, a very a lot. A lot of good rappers that are top rappers look up to him. Then for him to say my name, the person that looks up to him, looks at me kind of cross-eyed.”

As far as what Eminem meant with the line, Keith says it referenced their shared penchant for making “wild songs.”

“Well I guess he thinks he’s more weirder than me [at] making songs that are wild ’cause I make wild songs,” he said. “I guess he felt more like that’s the comparison the same way he could make that he’s iller than me or something, comparing that he could make a iller record than me. He could say iller subjects. He could write iller things. He can make people say ‘Wow.'”

Also in the interview, Keith recalled a time when he once met Eminem, way back in the mid-1990s before the Detroit rap star had reached platinum success or even met Dr. Dre.

“I saw Eminem one time, I went up to Sway’s house, he was there. He was cool for a minute,” Keith explained. “That’s before he got large and stuff. I think he was just in the beginning stages, not even recording his album, before he got that deal, the Aftermath deal and stuff. He was real quiet. I went up to Tech’s house and me and [KutMasta] Kurt was over there and he was just quiet. Then he came out the room. That was the last time I saw him, actually. That was years and years ago. Around ’95 or something. He was really quiet.”

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