Throwback Thursdays Vol 9

Kool G Rap is considered by many as the ‘Godfather’ of hip-hop and one of the most influential and skilled MC’s of all time. Upon listen you can understand why. If it isn’t his super-human breath control or impeccable multi-syllabic rhyme scheme then it’s his hard, mafioso style lyricism leading the way for MC’s such as Raekwon, Biggie, Nas or even Eminem. In fact there aren’t many MC’s who don’t recognize G Rap as an influence.

Kool G Rap never crossed the commercial line as his golden-age counterparts Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie did and to me, this enabled G Rap to keep focus on his music even though sometimes he fails to receive the props he truly deserves…

Kool G Rap – It’s A Shame (4, 5, 6) (1995)

This week’s throwback is from G Rap’s solo debut 4, 5, 6 released in 1995. The album itself, like many of his releases, was received well by underground heads however a common criticism of G Rap was his sub-par beats in comparison with his textbook lyricism. This personally baffles me because on 4, 5, 6 Kool G Rap enlists some heavyweight producers, who in my opinion bring some serious heat behind the boards, giving the album a dark, grimy street sound.

Lyrically, G Rap goes in with some mind blowing multi’s as you would expect and It’s A Shame is a perfect testimonial to G Rap’s skill behind the mic. Unfortunately as G Rap’s career evolved we saw him move away from his rapid-fire rhyming in place of a more reserved style. In this situation many MC’s are often perceived as having fallen off. However, G Rap proved his credentials long ago and within hip-hop history and deep-rooted in legacy, Kool ‘Giancana/Genuis’ Rap will never fall off.

Murray’s BDK Rating:ger

Up Next Week…

Worked extensively with DJ Premier during the early part of his career and aided the East Coast’s resurgence with his debut LP. One of my favourite MC’s of all time.

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