Record Label: Idependent
Genre: Alternative Hip-Hop
Date Active: 2005
Victor Vazquez (born November 16, 1983), also known by his stage name Kool A.D., is an American musician, rapper, author, and artist. He is from the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Vazquez is best known for being a member of the New York-based rapgroup Das Racist, though he has also been a member of the bands Boy Crisis and Party Animal. Vazquez has also released his own solo material, including numerous mixtapes. Mother Jones magazine described his work as "a thoughtful effort to deconstruct and rearrange cultural objects in ways that challenge our deepest assumptions."
Vazquez, who is of Afro-Cuban and Italian descent, originally hails from the San Francisco Bay area of California. He attended high school at the Arthur Andersen Community Learning Center in Alameda and college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English. While at Wesleyan, Vazquez played drums for the band La Spanka and formed the group Boy Crisis. At Wesleyan, Vazquez met future Das Racist bandmate Himanshu Suri as well as Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT.In early 2014, Vazquez married Saba Moeel, a fashion designer and musician he had known since he was 15.They now have a child, whom Vazquez writes about in his column in Vice Magazine.
Late last year, the former Das Racist MC Kool A.D. shared Not O.K., a collection of outtakes from his next LP. Tonight, he dropped that album. It's called Word O.K., and it features guest spots from Toro Y Moi, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Talib Kweli, Boots Riley, Lakutis, and others. Listen to it below, and check out his video for album opener "Open Letter". via Pitchforkdownload