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

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