Album cover Project X - Kool Keith, Marc Live and Tim Dog
Project XKool Keith, Marc Live and Tim Dog5/10

Kool Keith, Marc Live and Tim Dog - Project X

4 May 2009 row1

Kool Keith, Marc Live and Tim Dog decide to form a rap group so everybody knows how big they are, how deadly their guns are, how gold their platinum chains are, and how warm their panda fur coats are.

Obviously the album is not to be taken too seriously and is a shot at mainstream rappers – however with Tim Dog once again repeating "First dog in the game, first dog with the name" and restating his previous fame in the rap world you can't help but think sour grapes and that they wouldn't mind "selling out" given the chance/cheque.

There is nothing remarkable about the album, but nothing glaringly wrong with it. The production does it's job with a memorable track or two. Keith's rhymes show no sign of him ever slowing down and as usual he outshines his collaborators, that is not to say that Marc and Tim are slacking (well Tim does a bit with some recycled lines – let's just call this invoking nostalgia) with both of them delivering some tight lines … but also some less than stellar ones.

The track "Spolight" [sic] is perhaps the only serious track on the album and fitting for an outro.

You wanna be in spotlights,
Cameras flashing,
But your career could never last them,
You wanna be an icon,
But your time is gone,
Everything went wrong,
It's too late today to show your hate,
It's no longer paid to recreate,
It's time for you just to move on.
Spotlight

Given the supposed point of this album I will leave it to the reader to make what they will of the above. On the same song Keith also says “They mad at the new cats, with the new raps, but they wanna talk about the past...misery loves company, hip hop cry babies they buggin' me” which the more sinister side of me seems to think that this is a slap in the face to the whole album and especially Tim Dog, but again I will leave it to the reader to draw their own conclusions.

At the time of writing the album seems to be a digital only release and with a reasonable price to boot. I find myself saying this a lot as of late, but I can only recommend this to the fans, but then I guess I don't even need to do that as you already have every Kool Keith related release; to those outside the Kool Keith following this is a decent album but his other recent releases would be worth checking out first.

Sardless Tracks

  • Underground Kings Are Back
  • Disco Ball
  • Spolight

Track Listing

  1. Jigsaw Intro
  2. Underground Kings Are Back
  3. Iconic
  4. Lambhorgini
  5. Entertainer Complainer
  6. Rappers Today
  7. Do It 2 Death
  8. Disco Ball
  9. Project X Disiac
  10. Sex Is A Must
  11. Quietriot
  12. Spolight