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

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