Filed under: Features,G Rap Week,Killa Queens,Not Your Average,Print Work,Stan Status,The Unkut Opinion
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
When 4,5,6 collaborator T-Ray declared that, “G Rap is the realest. Nas, Pun, Raekwon – all of them owe their styles to him. He’s like the Muddy Waters of hip-hop” – he summarized exactly why the Kool Genius of Rap continues to influence the style and technique of today’s finest rappers. By combining a wicked sense of humor (‘Operation CB’) with flawless brag rap credentials (‘Kool Is Back’) and a gift for engrossing narrative (‘Streets of New York’), G Rap proved to be far more versatile than his contemporaries during the eighties and light-years ahead of other gun-talk rappers through-out the early nineties.
His whole persona brings together street-level wit with the verbal aptitude of a bookworm, bridging the gap between high-brow lyrical nerds and head-nodding tough guys in a manner that has yet to be duplicated effectively – all with a lisp that would end the career of lesser mortals before it even began. ‘Men At Work’ stands as perhaps his finest moment in terms of pure vocal dexterity, as G stretches the limits of what any MC had done before him in terms of the use of metaphor and simile. Comparing his crew to clothes designers, chefs, high-rise architects and construction workers at various points in his whirlwind of verses, boasts of being, “Raw like sushi” seem primitive by comparison. Even when his focus became ‘guns and guineas’ later in his career, Kool G Rap continued to impress with complex multi-syllable rhyme schemes which would later become the blueprint for Big L and Big Punisher, while his dark wit (“I’m givin more flat lines to niggas than loose-leaf”) is a precursor to Jay-Z’s clever taunts (“like short sleeves I bear arms”). But all of that aside, Kool G’s true genius is the fact that he can make even the most ignorant, anti-social record sound like a masterpiece thanks to that impeccable flow.
Kool G Rap & Akinyele – ‘Break A Bitch Neck’ (original test-pressing version)1
Kool G Rap – ‘Men At Work’ (accapella)
Originally published in HHC #232 as part of the GOAT Rapper article.2
- 1. Courtesy of Maze from Vinyl Addicts.[back]
- 2. Rejected titles for this piece: ‘Unkut Hearts G Rap’, ‘Stan Status’ and ‘Truly Yours 2009’.[back]
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