'Spankmaster is the sixth album by Kool Keith. Released on June 5, 2001 through Gothom/Overcore with distribution by TVT Records, the album features production and appearances by Jacky Jasper and Esham.
Kool Keith signed to Gothom/Overcore, with distribution through TVT Records in 2001.Allmusic's Jason Birchmeier says that Spankmaster "heads even further toward insanity than his preceding trilogy of albums for Funky Ass foreshadowed", referring to Keith's albums Sex Style, First Come, First Served (released under the alias Dr. Dooom), and Matthew. The production, provided by Keith, Overcore founder Santos, Esham, and rapper Jacky Jasper, heavily features live instrumentation. Keith's lyrics derive from antagonism, eccentricity and sleaze.
AllMusic reviewer Jason Birchmeier gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, writing, "Recommended to the open-minded, particularly if you admire creativity, long for the uncanny, and secretly have a desire for perversity. Definitely not for the lighthearted."Robert Christgau named "Dark Vadar" as a choice cut from the album. The album was mildly successful making it to number 48 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, number 11 on the Independent Albums and number 16 on the Top Heatseekers charts in the U.S.