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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
    1 song

    Underground Hip-Hop

    Underground Hip-Hop
    1 song

Albums by
Kool G Rap

Top Songs by
Kool G Rap

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

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