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Kool G Rap

As part of the golden age MC-and-DJ tandem Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, the "Kool Genius of Rap" enjoyed a successful and, above all, influential run during the late '80s and early '90s before embarking on a fitful solo career. Born Nathaniel Wilson on July 20, 1968, in Queens, New York, Kool G Rap debuted in 1986 on Cold Chillin' Records with the It's a Demo/I'm Fly 12" single, produced by Marley Marl and billed to "DJ Polo & Kool G Rap" (the rapper's name would later come first, before the DJ's). A couple further singles followed -- Rikers Island/Rhyme Thyme (1987), Poison (1988) -- along with a Kool G Rap feature on Marley Marl's Juice Crew classic The Symphony (1988), before Kool G Rap & DJ Polo released their debut album, Road to the Riches (1989), on Cold Chillin'. Featuring each of their previously released singles, along with a couple new ones ("Road to the Riches," "Truly Yours"), Road to the Riches was a remarkable debut and proved highly influential. Two subsequent Kool G Rap & DJ Polo albums, Wanted: Dead or Alive (1990) and Live and Let Die (1991), proved similarly influential and, though they tend to be less celebrated than Road to the Riches, are widely considered classics of the genre and are arguably better albums than the duo's debut. Kool G Rap embarked on a solo career at this point, releasing 4, 5, 6 (1995) on Cold Chillin'. He released his second solo album, Roots of Evil (1998), on Illstreet Records, for Cold Chillin' had ceased operations. The latter album was not well received, at least relative to Kool G Rap's albums on Cold Chillin', and the rapper took some time off to regroup. He returned in 2000 with a promising 12" EP for Rawkus, The Streets, and then another, My Life, in 2001. Rawkus planned to release a full-length album by Kool G Rap, The Giancana Story, in fall 2001; however, when the label was abruptly shuttered and sold to MCA Records, the album didn't get released until over a year later, in November 2002, on Koch Records. Following this unfortunate turn of events, Kool G Rap went the independent route, releasing a collaborative album, Click of Respect (2003), on Blaze the World Records. Few heard that album, which was the last release by Kool G Rap for several years. It wasn't the last heard of the rapper, though, as he popped up on guest features now and then, most memorably alongside Big Daddy Kane on both the Roots' "Boom!" and UGK's "Next Up." He became more active on the album and mixtape front, releasing Dead or Alive (2006), Half a Klip (2007), The Veteran (2008), and Riches, Royalty & Respect (2011). In 2013, Kool G Rap released a collaborative project with underground rapper Necro, Once Upon a Crime, under the name the Godfathers. In 2017, the rapper returned to duty with Return of the Don, an album produced by Canadian DJ Moss and featuring guest appearances by Raekwon, Sean Price, N.O.R.E., and more. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Stations Featuring
Kool G Rap

    Underground Hip-Hop

    Underground Hip-Hop
    2 songs

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    1 song

Albums by
Kool G Rap

Top Songs by
Kool G Rap

  1.   Song
  2.   Fast Life
  3.   Wise Guys by Lil' Fame
  4.   It's a Shame
  5.   Butcher Shop by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  6.   With a Bullet
  7.   Rest in Peace
  8.   #1 With A Bullet
  9.   Ya Chic Chose Me
  10.   Blowin' up in the World
  11.   Pillow Talk
  12.   70's Gangsta
  13.   The Life
  14.   Money on My Brain
  15.   Two to the Head featuring Bushwick Bill
  16.   Typical Nigga
  17.   Turn It Out
  18.   Nuff Said by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  19.   Radio Album Introduction by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  20.   I Feel Bad for You Son
  21.   No. 1 with a Bullet featuring Big Daddy Kane
  22.   World Is Mine by Crooked I
  23.   Capitol Hill by Manolo Rose
  24.   Criminal Outfit by N.O.R.E.
  25.   Mack Lean by Fred the Godson
  26.   Hood Legend
  27.   Edge Of Sanity
  28.   Letters
  29.   G Rap Stories
  30.   The Meaning To Your Love
  31.   In Too Deep
  32.   Da Real Thing
  33.   [Untitled]
  34.   100 Rounds
  35.   Radio Interview by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  36.   Riker's Island Radio Promo by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  37.   4, 5, 6
  38.   Intro
  39.   Popped Off
  40.   Running by Termanology
  41.   Out for That Life by Raekwon
  42.   Straight Jacket
  43.   Home Sweet Home
  44.   Live And Let Die
  45.   Naturally Born featuring Big Noyd
  46.   Two To The Head
  47.   Goin In
  48.   American Nightmare
  49.   Still Wanted Dead or Alive by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  50.   Radio Freestyle by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  51.   Fast Life by Nas
  52.   Take 'Em to War
  53.   N.Y.C. by Jinx Da Juvy
  54.   What's More Realer Then That
  55.   Pimptro
  56.   On The Run
  57.   G On
  58.   My Life
  59.   Maggie
  60.   Crime Pays by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  61.   On the Rise Again
  62.   Return of the Don
  63.   Go for Your Guns by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
  64.   Operation CB
  65.   Train Robbery
  66.   Executioner Style
  67.   F*@K U Man
  68.   For da Brothaz
  69.   Times Up
  70.   Risin Up
  71.   Sad
  72.   Harmony Homicide
  73.   Ghetto Knows
  74.   Naturally Born

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