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

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