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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). ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Stations Featuring
Kool G Rap

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
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    Underground Hip-Hop

    Underground Hip-Hop
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Albums by
Kool G Rap

Top Songs by
Kool G Rap

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

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