Filed under: Features,G Rap Week,Not Your Average,Rap Veterans,The Unkut Opinion
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Road To The Riches
This is basically the blueprint for every New York record with a street theme for the entire 90’s era. It had some filler, but the dope cuts were so incredible that they carried any dead weight here.
Classic Songs: 5 [‘Road To The Riches’, ‘It’s A Demo’, ‘Men At Work’, ‘Truly Yours’, ‘Poison’]
Wanted: Dead Or Alive
The ultimate G Rap experience – with Large Professor providing the beats, G shreds every track in sight with a combination of brag rap, crime stories, sex rhymes and social commentary.
Classic Songs: 7 [‘Streets Of New York’, ‘Money In The Bank’, ‘Bad To The Bone’, ‘Talk Like Sex’, ‘Kool Is Back’, ‘Death Wish’, ‘Jive Talk’]
Live & Let Die
Although this record was fucked-up and delayed by the ‘Cop Killa’ shit-storm, it still delivered some prime KGR material, despite the west coast feel to the music upsetting some fans.
Classic Songs: 7 [‘On The Run’, ‘Train Robbery’, ‘Number #1 With A Bullet’, ‘Go For Your Guns, ‘Operation C.B.’, ‘Edge Of Sanity’, ‘Ill Street Blues’]
This was a difficult album, seeing as though G was basically hiding out in a log cabin while this was being recorded. But thanks to some superb production and dope guest spots from Nas and MF Grimm, it proved that the Kool Genius could still perform under pressure.
Classic Songs: 6 ‘4,5,6’, ‘Take ‘Em to War’, ‘Executioner Style’, ‘For Da Brothaz’, ‘Fast Life’, ‘It’s a Shame’ [Da Butcher’s Mix]’
Roots Of Evil
This is where things started to go downhill. Having moved out to Arizona, G Rap worked with some local producers and basically stayed in Goodfellas mode for the whole record.
Classic Songs: 4 [‘One Dark Night’, ‘Foul Cats’, ‘Da Heat’, ‘Thug’s Love Story’]
The Giancana Story
Since the version that was officially released on KOCH isn’t the same as the one intended for Rawkus it might be unfair to rate this, but that being said…let’s just pretend this never existed, shall we?
Classic Songs: 0
Actually I didn’t like this one either….
Classic Songs: 1 [‘Risin’ Up’]
So it seems that much like his understudy Nas, Kool G Rap doesn’t really make flawless albums, and even though I only count 30 classic tracks from his seven official releases, the fact remains that G Rap’s great songs are better than most rapper’s entire lives. The real question is…. ‘Men At Work’ > ‘Rock The Bells’?
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