Kool G Rap
American rapper
Kool G Rap
Nathaniel Thomas Wilson, better known by his stage names Kool G Rap (or simply G Rap, and originally Kool Genius of Rap) is an American rapper. He hails from the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York City. He began his career in the mid-1980s as one half of the group Kool G Rap & DJ Polo and as a member of the Juice Crew.
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Diamonds in the Kisser
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When a little girl plays dress up in her mommy's wardrobe, we think it's cute. When she piles on the sparkly necklaces and bracelets, we understand that she is role-playing and experimenting with mommy's stuff. But when she puts these jewels into her mouth, we are likely to say, "no, honey, jewelry doesn't go in your mouth." Well, it turns out, that may be true for large strings of pearls and toddler girls...but putting jewelry in your mouth is becoming more... fashionable? Better known as grills (or grillz), this mouth jewelry consists of metal plated covers or caps for the teeth, which can be encrusted with precious stones. We've seen their popularity pop lately with dental bling by celebrities from Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and his American flag grill to Rihanna and her now-famous gold AK-47 oral ornament. Of course, of late, we've also spotted Madonna, Nelly, and Kim Kardashian with their mouth bling. And let's not forget to mention Katy Perry at the recent VMA show with a gril ...
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Daddy-O: Hip-hop and Mediocracy
Huffington Post - over 3 years
My marriage to hip-hop and its culture starts in 1979. I hear a "Flash Tape" and immediately I want to do whatever it is that makes this sound so good to me. Some call it epiphany, others fate -- for me it was hip-hop. There's a bit of a distance between 1979 and now; yes, things have changed. Most notably, the term hip-hop is now (amazingly) a household word. The rules are different. And yes, mediocrity has reared its ugly head. Throughout the years I've become what is called a "music technologist." I spend time equally within the music and tech industries. I'm fortunate to have friends and colleagues in both sectors. Without question, this leads me to interesting findings, to say the least. I'm a strong advocate of these two industries learning from each other, and I've even managed to organize a business doing such. I work with several software startups and music companies/artists developing products and services. The challenges are plenty, and (I imagine) in ...
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Shayne Lee: Lil Wayne, Shakespeare, and Artistic Freedom
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Rap superstar Lil Wayne offended many people when he recently resurrected the name and image of the slain teenager whose brutal beating and death in Mississippi sparked fervent waves of Civil Rights protest in 1955. "I beat the p--- up like Emmett Till," Lil Wayne audaciously uttered on "Karate Chop (Remix)," spawning a vortex of criticism from scholars, intellectuals, artists, and activists for conjuring up a memory long associated with the pain and terrorism of Southern racism. Emmett Till's family and music icon Stevie Wonder issued public rebukes, indicting the rapper for breaching inviolable terrain. Guilty as charged, Lil Wayne's suggestive simile enlists him in a long lineage of artistic line-crossing with roots extending way back to biblical days when an exasperated lyricist wished vicious deaths upon Babylonian infants (Psalm 137:8-9). Like Lil Wayne and the biblical psalmist, the plays of William Shakespeare often crossed the line. An old man's eyes ...
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Marc Lamont Hill: Overrated White People
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Today, our nation engages in one of its most bizarre cultural rituals: the celebration of Columbus Day as a national holiday. Although history proves that Christopher Columbus was an immoral treasure hunter who merely stumbled upon a region that had already been "discovered" by indigenous non-whites, we continue to praise the vicious conquistador as a hero. To honor the true spirit of Columbus Day, I have created my own list of overrated white people. Of course, this list is not exhaustive, as there are countless other White people who are equally underwhelming. Elvis Presley - Elvis didn't write his own songs (despite taking credit for them), barely played the guitar, and was a worse actor than the entire cast of Belly. Despite being a cheap facsimile of Little Richard, he is still known as the "King of Rock 'n Roll." Only in America... Ronald Reagan - You can't have a conversation with a Republican without hearing Reagan's name invoked as the patron saint of Americ ...
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Waka Flocka Flame – “Rooster In My Rari”
Chart Attack - over 4 years
When I clicked on Waka Flocka’s new video for “Rooster In My Rari,” I was smitten. I knew I was going to love this video from the opening shot’s pruned subtitles and fourth-wall breaking video vixen. And then the song started, and everything went fucking bananas. No need to Urban Dictionary this one, folks. He’s talking about an actual rooster. An outlandish, hilariously aggressive rapper needs outlandish, hilariously aggressive music videos, and what’s funnier or more intimidating than a psychotic seven-foot tall upright rooster? Waka Flocka looks on the verge of hysterics as he bellows about eating Xanax so he can have sex twice in a row and drops pearls of wisdom like “Throwin throwin throwin dough /throwin dough throwin dough /throwin throwin throwin dough/ bitch I said I’m throwin stacks.” His rhymes might make “Grove Street Party” sound like anything by Kool G Rap, but damned if you’re not rooting for him by the end. Triple F Life is out June 12th. Stream it here.
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L.A.D aka LA The Darkman Releases Official Video for “Inherit The Earth,” Presented by Coast 2 Coast Video Distribution
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
Coast 2 Coast Video Distribution and Embassy Ent. Present L.A.D’s Video for the Single “Inherit The Earth,” Available to View on YouTube and at Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes.Miami, FL (PRWEB) April 24, 2012 Rap artist L.A.D recently released the official video for his single “Inherit The Earth.” Coast 2 Coast Video Distribution presents the project along with Embassy Ent., which is from his mixtape “Midwest Kush: Pyrex Edition Pt. 2,” featuring Jim Jones, S-Class Sonny, Method Man, Birdman, Bow Tie, and Kool G Rap. ...
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Rapture & Verse #10
Clash - almost 5 years
Extra large happenings in this month’s Rapture & Verse. Have a guess as to whether it’s the prospect of a touring Tupac hologram (we always preferred Arnold J Rimmer ourselves), or hip-hop repeating its Weakest Link potential with a possible Celebrity Squares special (Mac Miller and Ghostface Killah believed to be amongst those jostling for the centre square). Or could it be that there’s something of a Company Flow reunion slash showdown crashing through, with both El-P and Bigg Jus releasing new albums of sonic downfall. El-Producto’s ‘Cancer for Cure’ is a naturally abrasive, scuzz-wrestling, rock and roll B-boy Judgement Day (check the trailer here), pulling a single brick out of the scenery and chronicling the collapse minute by ever loudening minute while still finding room to fire off ‘Airplane!’ quotes. The one-upmanship in alt-rap has Bigg Jus on an even denser grind. Named ‘Machines That Make Civilization Fun’ and pairing the sort of mind-boggling titles that ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kool G Rap
  • 2011
    Age 42
    A full LP was released in 2011, Riches, Royalty, Respect showcasing his true to form style and lyricism.
    More Details Hide Details The promise and prospects of collaboration albums were announced later the next year on his own, newly formed label FullMettle. In later years G Rap's interests extended outside hip-hop. He stated in further interviews his desire to begin writing movie scripts, an ambition taken in for a few years as he sought out various collaborators, and even a clothing line was also at one point apparently in the works. Kool G Rap is regarded as a hugely influential golden age rapper. Music journalist Peter Shapiro suggests that he "created the blueprint for Nas, Biggie and everyone who followed in their path". Kool G is described by Kool Moe Dee as "the progenitor and prototype for Biggie, Jay-Z, Treach, Nore, Fat Joe, Big Pun, and about twenty-five more hard-core emcees", and Kool Moe Dee also claims Kool G Rap is "the most lyrical" out of all of the artists mentioned. MTV describes Kool G Rap as a "hip-hop godfather", adding that he paved the way for a lot of MCs who we would not have heard of otherwise. Rolling Stone says, "G Rap excelled at the street narrative, a style that would come to define later Queens MCs like Nas (who was hugely influenced by G Rap on his early records) and Mobb Deep".
  • 2009
    Age 40
    Kool G Rap provided the foreword for the 2009 book How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC, also providing insight into his rhyming technique.
    More Details Hide Details Kool G Rap is often credited as the first rapper to infuse his lyrics with mafioso and hardcore street content. This can be seen as early as 1989 in the song "Road to the Riches" where he makes a reference to Al Pacino (who plays mobster Tony Montana in the 1983 crime drama movie Scarface) – this was long before albums such as Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… (1995), and Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt (1996) made such references popular. Since his debut, he has used various references to mob movies in his lyrics, album covers, and titles. For example, the first line of 'Bad to the Bone' from Wanted: Dead or Alive (1990) is, I'm bad to the bone / with a style like Al Capone, the album Live and Let Die (1992) uses samples from the 1987 crime film The Untouchables, the album cover of Roots of Evil (1998) uses elements from The Godfather and Scarface theatrical posters, and The Giancana Story (2002) album title references Mafia boss Sam Giancana.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    In 2007 he released Half a Klip on Chinga Chang Records, featuring production from, among others, DJ Premier and Marley Marl.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    He was then meant to release his next album, The Giancana Story in 2000, on Rawkus Records, but due to several complications with the label, the album was pushed back several times, and eventually released in 2002. "My Life" the hit single from the album featuring Talk Box legend G-Wise reached No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Rap singles charts.
    More Details Hide Details He then released a joint album with his group, 5 Family Click, on his own Igloo Ent. label to mild success. In the following years, mixtapes were made and further collaborations continued. There were even rumors of G Rap's signing to both Rocafella and G-Unit Records, and even at one point Maybach Music.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    In 1997 G Rap was featured on Frankie Cutlass' "Politic & Bullsht" album track titled "Know Da Game" which also featured Mobb Deep.
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  • 1995
    Age 26
    In 1995, G Rap started his solo career with the album 4, 5, 6, which featured production from Buckwild, and guest appearances from Nas, MF Grimm and B-1.
    More Details Hide Details It has been his most commercially successful record, reaching No.24 on the US Billboard 200 album chart. This was followed by Roots of Evil in 1998.
  • 1993
    Age 24
    Eventually in 1993, Kool G Rap parted ways with DJ Polo in pursuit of a solo career.
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  • 1989
    Age 20
    Shortly after this, Kool G Rap appeared on the Juice Crew's classic posse cut "The Symphony" before they released their debut album, Road to the Riches in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details This album and their two later albums, Wanted: Dead or Alive (1990) and Live and Let Die (1992), are highly regarded and considered hip-hop classics.
  • 1986
    Age 17
    Juice Crew producer Mr. Magic and DJ Marley Marl allowed Polo and G Rap to go to their studio to record a demo, which resulted in the song "It's a Demo." The song was written and recorded in one night, and had Marley so impressed, that he instantly embraced Kool G Rap and DJ Polo as Juice Crew members/ In 1986 on Mr. Magic's Rap Attack radio show on 107.5, the duo got their first exposure which created more buzz.
    More Details Hide Details They eventually released "It's a Demo" as a single with "I'm Fly", along with two more singles.
  • 1968
    Born on July 20, 1968.
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