The master recordings of Kool Keith's vocals for the upcoming Analog Brothers album, "Pimp To Eat," were stolen during the melee in Los Angeles after the Lakers' NBA championship-clinching game on June 19.
The thievery will force the Analog Brothers, a loose-knit collective of rappers including Keith, Ice-T, and others, to push back the release of "Pimp To Eat" from its original release date of July 4 to August 15.The vocal tapes for the album were being housed at a location near the Staples Center, which was the scene of random looting and vandalism after the Lakers took home the title by defeating the Indiana Pacers.
The label handling the project, Ground Control/Nu Gruv Alliance, released a statement saying that it was unclear whether this was a "deliberate act of piracy," and mused over whether or not "the person(s) involved realize what they now have in their possession."
Despite the delay, Kool Keith (and his varied schizoid rap identities)
still plans to issue his next solo album, titled "Matthew" after Keith's middle name, on July 25.