Kool Keith - whose voice was sampled for 'Smack My Bitch Up' has been committed to a mental institution...

“Kool” Keith Thornton, famous for his work with Ultramagnetic MC‘s, and more recently the sampled voice behind The Prodigy‘s controversial single ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ has cancelled all his UK and US commitments after being committed to Bellvue mental institution.

In a fax from Keith‘s friend ‘Kut Master Kurt’ to his UK agent last Monday (June 21), it was confirmed that Keith had been committed, and could remain in an institution for “weeks or even months”. As a result, his 35 city US tour with the Insane Clown Posse has been cancelled, and a comprehensive tour of the UK due to start this month and take in Manchester, Sheffield, Dublin and London have also been put indefinitely on hold.

A spokesman for Kool Keith told NME: “He’s been there (Bellvue) before. He has a history of mental problems, it’s very sad.”


Before his latest committal, Keith had been paid around $1 million to appear in an advertising campaign for the soft drink Sprite.

The adverts were on heavy US TV rotation and on hoardings across the country. Keith was said to be found staring up at a giant billboard picture of himself just before his trip to Bellvue.

Meanwhile, Kool Keith‘s new single ‘Leave Me Alone’, from his latest ‘Dr Doom’ album, will still be released on July 19 through Copasetik. The single features remixes by Prodigy‘s Leeroy Thornhill and Ultramagnetic MCs’ Moe Love.