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

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