G-Rap gets no love.  I mean, sure… Raekwon or Nas or (insert legendary NY rapper here) is quick to credit the god as a huge influence or a pioneer.  But rarely will someone bring up the Kool Genius when discussing the best of the best, and I’m not sure why.  I’d guess the reason that you don’t see “Kool G-Rap is a legend” sandwiched between jokes about someones mom and the age old “Jay>Nas” debates on the internets is just a matter of timing.  G-Rap’s career peaked just before the Illmatic/36 Chambers/Ready to Die era of East Coast hip-hop, and a lot of heads just missed out on the Juice Crew/Native Tongues period of rap. It’s a shame too, because your favorite golden era MC more than likely was a stan for Kool  G-Rap  back in the day. Often credited with helping to create the “Mafioso Rap” sub-genre, G-Rap has birthed countless MC’s, and this track that leaked today should show that he’s still capable of dropping jewels after 2 decades in the game.

Where would you rank G-Rap among the GOAT’s ?

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Comments on: "Kool G Rap – “I Am”" (29)

  1. NovemberEnd said:

    Where would you rank G-Rap among the GOAT’s ?
    ^^^
    Top 18-25

  2. “NovemberEnd said:
    June 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Where would you rank G-Rap among the GOAT’s ?
    ^^^
    Top 18-25”

    gtfoh

  3. Where would you rank G-Rap among the GOAT’s ?
    ^^^
    Top 18-25

    ^
    you think? i’d probably put him in the 30s somewhere..

  4. gtfoh

    ^
    top 5 dead or alive?

  5. “abortatron said:
    June 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Where would you rank G-Rap among the GOAT’s ?
    ^^^
    Top 18-25

    ^
    you think? i’d probably put him in the 30s somewhere..”

    Well I’m not the biggest fan of ranking rappers but thats crazy talk. >>>> Jay-z, Nas and a few others

  6. Ha I may have worded that a bit strongly actually. G Rap shits on most of the dudes everyone stans for though imo

  7. g-rap over nas and hov … ?

    nah..

    you have way different taste in rap than me tho..

    you wouldn’t dare say “g-rap > biggie” tho, would u ?

  8. post some choice youtube g-rap jawns in this thread, done

  9. Above tune is nice btw, this album is probably the first time I’ve ever been enthusiastic for new G Rap music.

  10. I’d put G Rap and Biggie about equal. I never got why more people didn’t compare Biggie to him, He’s obviously hugely influenced.

    Ha don’t get me started on Hov and Nas.

  11. Yeah I’ve lost all perspective at this point what other people might like tbh (Im a fuckin Kreayshawn & Lil B fan) but heres a few:

  12. NovemberEnd said:

    GRap has made alot of forgettable music over the last 15 years

    but the albums he made w/ Polo were great to classic material and w/ his style influencing a heap of rappers he get into my Top 20

  13. NovemberEnd, cant argue with that. I’m pretty much only a fan of his early shit.

    Hes made some incredibly boring, pandering shite post 95, in his prime he was untouchable though imo

  14. gramMasta said:

    NovemberEnd said:
    June 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    GRap has made alot of forgettable music over the last 15 years

    but the albums he made w/ Polo were great to classic material and w/ his style influencing a heap of rappers he get into my Top 20

    ^ what he said

  15. ^
    one of my personal favorite g-rap joints..

    “bitch i ain’t got nuthin, if you need some dough go watch somebodys kids or sumthin”

  16. *blank stare*

  17. Why the blank stare ?

  18. CrowleyHead said:

    G Rap’s last good album was probably “Root Of Evil” though. The Domingo Beats helped seal his doom. Plus there was the West-Coast Abomination Song (which is actually kinda nice, but I can imagine to NYC in the early 90’s must’ve seemed like the ultimate betrayal).

    Top 15 for me, but not in the personal top 5.

  19. G Rap is top 10 D.O.A

  20. mobbdeen said:

    G Rap is somewhere in my top 10. Maybe 15. No less.

  21. Ah yeah I Ain’t trickin is genius. I don’t think I ever heard Bobbito laugh as much as when G Rap did those verses on air.

  22. G Rap is top 10 D.O.A

    ^^
    it’s true (c) Brian Ennals

    G Rap and BDK dont get the respect they deserve.

  23. Why the blank stare ?

    ^^^^^

    I was under the assumption most fans recognize Kool G Rap as one of the greatest rappers of all-time, period. As far as his more recent work, “Riches, Loyalty, and Respect” was one of the best projects to drop this year imo.

    This track is pretty dope by the way.

  24. Jimmy39 said:

    They had Kool G Rap do the foreword for that book “How To Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC” which is what convinced me to buy it (along with the masses of other legends they interviewed for that, dope read if you haven’t checked it out).

    His reputation is built on having always known to drop real, classic hard stuff, always with an emphasis on being complex first, and gangster second, which hardly anyone else does.
    Also he pretty much singlehandedly advanced compound rhymes to their end-point, as documented in that book I just mentioned.
    He’s definitely top 5 in terms of influence and level of skill.

  25. Excellency said:

    Coldplay at Glastonbury 2011 >>> Kool G Rap in 2011

  26. hes in my top 5

  27. Excellency says:
    June 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm  (Edit)
    Coldplay at Glastonbury 2011 >>> Kool G Rap in 2011
    ^
    you faggy Brit fuck boy..

    Slap yourself three times ..

    Cold play is for people too stupid to get radiohead, emo white boys, and 35 year old soccer moms.

    G-Rap is for my goons.

  28. EnglandRepresent said:

    Kool G Rap > ____________

    Biggie was mos def influenced by G Rap and Kane.

    If you don’t know about Kool G Rap then you need to give up on hip-hop. It’s like supporting Manchester United because you like Ryan Giggs but you never saw George Best play. One is the modern day version of the other.

    Word to Jay-Z saying, ‘hearing me rap is like hearing G Rap in his prime’.

    Top 10.

  29. EnglandRepresent said:

    AbortionFace, careful on your use of the term of ‘Brit’ as derogatory. We run you slags. You just don’t know it yet.

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