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.
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”. (more…)
Following on from Part 1, Kool G Rap discusses his discography following his debut, the “Cop Killer” fall-out, the failed session with the Neptunes and why Queens isn’t soft because it has trees.
Robbie: When did you begin work on Wanted: Dead Or Alive?
Kool G Rap: Maybe a year later, after Road To The Riches got released.
How was it going from working with Marley to Eric B. and Large Professor?
It was great. Me and Eric was close, and I looked-up to Eric B. and Rakim as a group. I was just as much a fan as everybody else. Nobody can deny their music.
Did you ever discuss making a song with Rakim?
We talked about it but it happened to never really come into place. Me and Ra’s from different areas – Ra’s from Long Island, I was from Queens, so it wasn’t like we bumped into each other all the time. I would only see Rakim if he would come to Queens to fuck with Eric and them. (more…)
Kool G Rap is the greatest MC of all-time. He may not have achieved the status of LL Cool J, the fame of Jay-Z or the impact of Notorious B.I.G, but he took multi-syllable lyrical techniques to new levels in the late 80′s, paving the way for rapper’s such as Eminem and Big Punisher, while his street-level narratives laid the foundation for Nas and Mobb Deep. Ever since I began Unkut Dot Com in 2004, the Kool Genius of Rap was at the top of my bucket list of rap veterans who I wanted to interview. Eight years later, after countless failed attempts and having spoken to many of the people he’s worked with in the studio, I finally got to spend a couple of hours picking the brain of the great man himself. What better way to round out 2012?
Robbie: What sparked your interest in rapping?
Kool G Rap: Hip-hop in general. At the time it was being birthed in the streets and circulating through the five boroughs. It started in The Bronx but then it started circulating and eventually hit Queens. It was like “love at first sound.” [laughs] It was both sight and sound, because I loved everything about it. The sight of a DJ mixing on two [turn] tables – this was something new to me, I was a kid. Me just experiencing it in general, everything I seen and everything I was hearing at the time. It was like an instant love. Hip-hop seems like it had a tendency to do that, even with the kids generations after me being a kid. Hip-hop makes people gravitate towards it, especially the youth. With the hard drum beats and bass lines and stuff like that, it’s a genre of music that automatically attracts people. (more…)
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.
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?
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…. (more…)