Kool G Rap’s The Giancana Story: An Oral History
Tuesday July 07th 2015,
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Here’s a look back at the ill-fated marriage between Kool G Rap and Rawkus Records that I put together for Red Bull Music Academy Daily:

Kool G Rap’s The Giancana Story: An Oral History

Video: Kool G Rap – All Elements Radio Interview
Monday March 09th 2015,
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DJ J-Ronin talks to G Rap about his legacy, his old school influences, meeting Big Pun, his friendship with Grand Daddy I.U. and more. Plus KGR mentions that his next LP is titled Hustler’s Bible.

Video: Spesh feat. Kool G Rap – The Meeting
Wednesday August 06th 2014,
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G Rap just directed the video to this feature he did a few months ago. Apart from the Conservative Rap Coalition violation that is Spesh‘s bedazzled t-shirt, this is good stuff.

File Under: Predictible G Rap Write-Up


Complex compiled a list of who Rap InternetS consider their favorite rapper dudes (and dames, as it turns out). I did my duty as a CRC representative and explained why KGR is the nicest on mic devices and all that stuff, because clearly no one else was going to.

Rap Bloggahs Favorite Rappers

Unkut TV: Episode 7 – Kool G Rap and DJ Polo Live In Philly, 2013

Photo: richdirection

When I heard that Kool G Rap was performing in Philadelphia last Saturday night, you know I was getting there no matter what, especially considering how often I’ve argued that he’s the greatest MC of all-time. Just so happens that this performance was also the first time that G had performed with DJ Polo in seventeen years, and I got to capture it all on camera. Here’s footage of KGR performing “The Realest”, “Take ‘Em To War”, “Road To The Riches”, “Ill Street Blues”, “Fast Life” and “The Symphony”.

Tony Touch feat. Action Bronson and Kool G Rap – It’s A Queens Thing


More Tony Touch action, as Action Bronson and Kool G Rap get down over a Statik Selektah track.

Big Noyd, Large Professor & Kool G Rap – Naturally Born


This has to be the first time that G Rap and Large Pro have shared microphone duties since “Money In The Bank.” Ayatollah on the beat, DJ Dutchmaster on the cut. Queens Reigns Supreme!

Kool G Rap – Funky Drummer Freestyle
Wednesday March 14th 2012,
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Remember, before Unkut was jocking Roc Marcy, we were Stanning for the Kool Genius of Rap….


Video: Kool G Rap – In Too Deep
Thursday July 07th 2011,
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This came out a couple of weeks ago and seems to have been completely ignored…by the way, Riches, Royalty & Respect is out on 2xLP for those of you who still have those record playing devices. Directed by OdaGiant & Eddy Duran.

Download: Kool G Rap – Offer You Can’t Refuse EP
Tuesday February 08th 2011,
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Some new G Rap in anticipation of his next album. That ALC/Havoc snippet is worth the effort at least…

Kool G Rap – Offer You Can’t Refuse EP

Kool G Rap – Sad
Wednesday September 08th 2010,
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Taken from the next KGR LP Riches, Royalty, Respect, which I believe will heavily feature Domingo on the beats.

Kool G Rap – ‘Sad’

Reef The Lost Cauze feat. Kool G Rap & RA The Rugged Man – Three Greats
Friday June 04th 2010,
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Grown Man Rap 2.0? Lifted from Reef’s new LP with production team Gunz-N-Butter, Fight Music.

Reef The Lost Cauze feat. Kool G Rap & RA The Rugged Man – ‘Three Greats’

The Kool G Rap Album Analysis
Monday May 31st 2010,
Filed under: Features,G Rap Week,Not Your Average,Rap Veterans,The Unkut Opinion
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We’ve already put the Nas and Ghostface discography’s under the microscope, so it’s only right that the legendary Kool G Rap gets a turn, right?

Statik Selektah feat. Lil’ Fame, Havoc & Kool G. Rap – Do It 2 Death
Friday January 08th 2010,
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This dude stays busy.

Statik Selektah feat. Lil’ Fame, Havoc & Kool G. Rap – ‘Do It 2 Death’

Thanks to Nah.

G Rap & Raekwon Plan Album?

Let’s connect, politic, ditto…I’ve got to be honest here and say that this is the best news since Ced Gee announced he was working with Grandmaster Caz. How about getting Alchemist to produce the whole album?

No Country For Old Moufs – Over-30 Rap Record Round-Up

As time marches on, hip-hop is now at the stage where there are a significant number of rapper’s in their 30’s and 40’s releasing new music. No big deal, right? Except that now that internets record labels can release your album with a promotional budget of $50, all these characters who might have been left on the scrap heap back ten years back are allowed to release new albums! The ? Remains…is this a good thing? Let’s examine some of the flood of new rap records made by dudes who probably have kids old enough to make their own songs….

Why Kool G Rap Is The Undisputed

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.

Eric B. – The Unkut Interview


Wondering what Eric B. has been up to since Don’t Sweat The Technique? After he released his self-titled solo album in 1995, Eric focused his energies on a number of lucrative business ventures (including a chain of restaurants), which in turn offered him the opportunity to set-up a community center to help local kids stay out of trouble. He’s recently established the Eric B. Music Group, and has teamed-up with Brooklyn native Avion for his return to the rap game with for their first single, ‘Hit The Floor’.

Robbie: What’s the story with this new MC your working with?

Eric B: Name’s Avion – 25 years old, good kid. Has a different kinda style – fresh and innovative. It’s like the stuff I did with Eric B. and Rakim, it’s Eric B. and Avion. I overseen the whole thing, put the whole thing together, did production with a whole bunch of new producers.

How did you discover him?

I’ve been looking for a while for somebody unique, something different, somebody sayin’ something than the regular stuff that everybody says all day. One of these guys – name’s Tim – he bought to me and said, ‘Eric, I’ve found a guy, man. He’s from Brooklyn…has a unique style’. Then we got in the studio and met and just started working.

Can you discuss your community center work?

I have a community center in Newark, New Jersey where we have boxing – boxing is run by Larry Hazzard, the New Jersey State Boxing Commissioner. We have karate over here that’s run by the Assistant Police Chief – Eddie ‘Fruitkwan’ Brown. We have a computer lab here, and I run the studio. So the kids come in and get their homework and stuff done, then they go to the various programs from there. It’s a joint venture we did with the Housing Authority.

Just to give the kids something to do and keep them out of trouble?

Exactly. They had a lotta violence in Newark, New Jersey. Just to keep the kids straight, keep in school, keep them out of trouble.

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – I Declare War

Attention all G Rap stans – straight from Marley Marl‘s master reels – and via DWG‘s incredible Juice Crew EP – I present to you a never-before heard slice of KGR brilliance from the Road To Riches sessions. In case you needed a reminder of who the GOAT of rap is….

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – ‘I Declare War’

The vinyl’s already sold out, but you can still catch the Lungbutters CD, mixed by DJ Format, from DWG for £12 GBP (OR £17 GBP with the Main Source 7″) by emailing here.

Krohme feat. Kool G Rap, Chino XL, C-Rayz Walz, Sean Price and Hell Razah – Goon Opera
Tuesday November 04th 2008,
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Krohme feat. Kool G Rap, Chino XL, C-Rayz Walz, Sean Price and Hell Razah – ‘Goon Opera’

That ‘Murder Goons’ break gets another go-around.

G Rap Friday

A couple of KGR burners to finish off the week, as Freddie Foxxx‘s vaulted LP from ’93 finally gets a release courtesy of Fat Beats. Not only does this include the version largely produced by S.I.D., but a bonus CD of the original demo versions produced by the D.I.T.C. crew as well! Included on this disc is a lost track with G Rap entitled ‘Cook A Niggaz Ass’. G ended-up using this verse on his 4,5,6 album since this got shelved, but shit’s crazy regardless. On the current side of things, the Kool Genius also gets busy with Sha Lumi for ‘NY Freestyle’.

Freddie Foxxx feat. Kool G Rap – ‘Cook A Niggaz Ass’

Killa Sha & Kool G Rap – ‘NY Freestyle’

G Rap Performing It’s A Demo
Monday July 07th 2008,
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While I put the finishing touches to the Dr. Butcher interview, here’s some classic G Rap footage from The Meaning of Dope (thanks to Dallas for the tip). Is that a Dapper Dan 8-Ball jacket?

Worst G Rap Cameo Ever?
Friday June 20th 2008,
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I hope G got a HUGE check for this one.

Steve-O feat. Kool G Rap – “Poke The Puss”

Thanks to End Level Boss for putting me on to this abomination.

Steve-O Rap Album Trailer:

Great Moments In Rap Pt. 2 – Kane and G Rap Head To Head

Another snippet from the Dr. Butcher sessions, detailing what could be argued is the greatest “unofficial” rap song ever recorded.

Robbie: It seems like even G Rap and Kane had a friendly rivalry.

Dr. Butcher: Absolutely! I’m sure you’ve heard the version of ‘Raw’ with G Rap and Kane freestylin’ on it. The story behind that record is – G Rap, right after he did the record he came and got me and said ‘Yo Drew, listen to the this’. What it was is that Kane had a girl in the studio, and G was like ‘Yo, I think Kane was tryin’ to impress the girl. He was workin’ on ‘Raw’ and G was just hangin’ out in the studio, and he was like ‘Yo, you wanna do something real quick?’ and G was like ‘Sure’. I think Kane had just wrote his verse, so he had a fresh, hot little verse that he wanted to spit – I think to impress the girl that was in the studio – so he did his verse, and he didn’t know that G had this monsterous verse sittin’ there waitin’ for him! [laughs] So he finished his verse, then G walked in the booth and did his verse and Kane just sat there like…he just couldn’t believe what G had just did. I know Marley was happy, ‘cos right after it hit the radio waves! [laughs] He wants the new hotness! It was funny, G was just like ‘Yo, I just had to show him. He thought he was gonna catch me off guard, but I was ready for him. I had a crazy, crazy verse in the stash.’ Like you said, it was a friendly rivalry. Kane’s a really, really good dude. They always got along. G never had a bad word to say about Kane. It’s no different than Jay-Z‘s and Biggie Smalls‘ rivalry. People think them two dudes was just the best of friends, but traveling with Jay I’ve heard many conversations of like when they were doing the ‘Brooklyn’ song, how they was like ‘Yo Jay, you better tear Biggie up!’ It was a serious rivalry! It wasn’t all about ‘Yo, that’s me dude’ – them dudes were goin’ at each other! But it was in a friendly way. God rest Biggie and all, but when he was gone, Jay just went and took that spot. They was waitin’ for the spot.

Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap – “Raw (original demo version)”

Dr. Butcher Could Care Less About Run-DMC

Last December I was lucky enough to speak to Dr. Butcher for a couple hours, and he blessed me with some amazing stories about everything from his work to Kool G Rap, Akinyele and MF Grimm, plus a whole lot of shit I didn’t even know he was involved in. I’m not quite ready to drop the whole session on you just this minute, but I couldn’t resist leaking this section where he shares his feelings about Run-DMC, which are not unlike some of the things I mentioned in this post.

Robbie: Being a Queens dude, did you see the backlash against Run-DMC?

Dr. Butcher: The funny thing – me coming from Queens – I was never a Run-DMC fan. I was probably the most anti Run-DMC fan anybody had known. I just did not like Run-DMC. Mainly, I think a lot of it had to do with that I was such a fan of Grandmaster Flash and the Fearless FourTito and DLB – those dudes were like my idols and stuff. Run-DMC kinda took a lot of their spotlight, and I think I took it personal. [laughs] It was a funny thing. They kinda crushed the careers of a lot of those old school dudes. I wasn’t really too crazy about Run’s lyrics or nothin’ like that – he just seemed too cocky to me – so I just never liked him. I just felt ‘Oh man, the Fearless Four should be where y’all guys are. Y’all suck!’ But LL was always a huge Run-DMC fan, because he was from the neighborhood – he could frequently see Run riding around. But I didn’t care. He actually wrote some songs for them that he didn’t get credit for. I’m not gonna say which ones they were, but if you listen to around the Raising Hell material you may be able to pick it out. If you go back and listen to LL’s songs I think you’ll be able to notice the similarities in the flows and the writing. But he was so excited to be around those guys and be with Def Jam and Russell Simmons and them, I think he was helping them write and stuff.