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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, Rovi
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KGR 46 years old holding it down. Still the best lyricist ever. Live and Let Die, produced by Sir Jinx is my all-time favorite album. Go For Your Guns. Epic joint.
Kool G Rap and NAS......... N e w York Skillz!!!!
I was raised on Kool G Rap. Thanks for the knowledge. That's my word!
Nice with the multi symbolic rhyme still. Original, fathered it.
Real MC , Creator and innovator ! Had his own style , lot of rappers bit off him! Definitely 1 of the best !
This song is fire
Grand master Kool G y'all- pay homage
Da GODFATHER OF MODERN RAP.....
carhartt8260 . 6 0
Kool Gangsta Rap.the 1st NyC gansta poet.realRap
G rap 1 of tha best ever, i promise...i rep that og era when rap waz realest
kenlop1
Koo g rap I spires me. He was one of the first rappers I listened to. Hes a beast on the mic. Nobody could touch this guy today. Brother on run is still a great song. I listen to his first album all the time. I'm a white suburbanite and g rap is the truth. I. The 90s u couldn't touch da mic if u wasn't nice. Now there ar e no requirements for the genre. Rap ducks 2day.
get off men at work and listen to the giancana story, riches royalty and respect and 4,5,6...dude got fire on everything he touched!!!
da grand master elder!!!!!!! ! !
Men at work
hell yeah Kool G is one of the Top MC's of all time! check out men at work
ONE OF THE DOPEST LYRICIST PERIOD! EAST AND WEST COAST! LISTEN TO ILL STREET BLUES AND THEN U TELL ME!!
YO check out that V A lean video on you tube show ya boy some love.
kool g rap thats my nicca.
this my man nuff said
Kool G Rap is one of my favorite rappers. But for the bio writer, neither Kool G Rap nor Big Daddy Kane appear on Boom by the Roots, that was actually Black Though emulating their styles and voices.
Kool G Rap actually influenced me back in the 80's and as a result I am a true rap head till this day!
josejramirez 1 9
Kool G Rap is the master of style representing Corona queens my n**ga
KOOL G RAP IZ MY N**GA!!!
mello2516
His music is pretty good.
his baby moms doesnt change da fact dat his a monster in wat he does.respect dat and u get some hed from "supa hed" since its so important plya...hater
kool g rap, top 5 dead or alive
His baby mama is Super Head. His Baby Mama did everyone in Hollywood and in the rap game. She nasty
missing more than 1
xuxr113
KOOL G FN RAP. REMEMBER THE NAME NOOBS!!
grcondike
missing an album

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