Friday, June 27, 2008

Kool G. Rap

Highly overlooked, 4,5,6 is the first solo album from the legendary Kool G. Rap. Up until that point it was strictly G. Rap & Polo -- who were ill in their own right, check those albums as well. Released in 1995, it never achieved the commercial success it should have despite the obvious attempt at radio spins -- songs like the jiggy-esque "Fast Life" featuring a dope verse from Nas, for example. Mostly produced by the underrated T-Ray, the production is stripped and gritty. No frills, no fluff. It's the perfect kind of production for G. Rap sense his flow is pushed to the forefront. It came out in '95, so you can expect a certain level of quality. Dude has been releasing albums since '89 and they've all been on point. Give this one a spin. You won't be sorry.

4, 5, 6 [Cold Chillin' / Epic Street 1995]

1. Intro
2. 4, 5, 6
3. It's A Shame
4. Take 'Em To War feat. B1 & Grimm
5. Executioner Style
6. For Da Brothaz
7. Blowin' Up In The World
8. Fast Life feat. Nas
9. Ghetto Knows
10. It's A Shame (Da Butcher's Mix)
11. Money On My Brain

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