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Kool G Rap Reflects On Selling Crack Before Turning To Hip-Hop


(AllHipHop News) Kool G Rap, one of the early pioneers of the mafioso rap style that was adopted by rappers like The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Jay-Z, and Raekwon, says he does not take pride in any of the real-life criminal activity he engaged in before embracing a career as an emcee.

“I was never proud to participate in any of the street activities that I was involved in that I did back then,” Kool G Rap tells the Village Voice. “This is why when Eric B introduced me to DJ Polo, and the first time Polo took me to Marley [Marl’s] house, I never went back to the block again to continue what I was doing.”

Kool G admits that he used to sell crack out of a Brooklyn Key Food store and an East Elmhurst motel when he was a teenager, but the Queens native feels that the drug dealer lifestyle is not one that should be glorified.

He takes particular aim at current emcees who he feels inappropriately sells the image of dealing drugs as a badge of honor.

“You get the rappers that brag about it and things like that, because we live in the day where the music scene and the records are cool when the artists are saying that, ‘I sold this and that, I flipped this into that,’ but they get that from us, the cats from my era… I was talking about things that were going on but I wasn’t really glorifying that. I was just saying what I was doing cause I was caught up in the street life, and I was doing this to put money in my pocket.”

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Kool G points out his 1989 song “Road To The Riches” as an example of telling the authentic story of life in the inner-city versus celebrating being a criminal.

“You can see in the record ‘Road To The Riches,’ I wasn’t really glorifying it. I was just speaking about my experiences to whoever I thought would listen at the time.”

On “Road To The Riches” Kool G uses the first verse to talk about the struggles of being poor. The second verse centers on the highs of making money from dealing drugs, and the third verse addresses the ultimate results for most people who choose to sell crack- death or jail.

To this day, Kool G Rap says his former life is not one he honors.

“I don’t really regret too many things in my life and too many choices I made, but I don’t take pride in selling drugs and stuff like that.”

Watch the video for “Road To The Riches” below.

  • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    This man is a TRUE HIP HOP LEGEND!!!! Nuff Said!

    • Eli Pinilla

      ^^^^ co- muthafuckin- sign!!!!!

    • Root of all Evil, the most slept on album in the history of Rap…..CLASSIC 5 MICS

      • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

        That was a DOPE ASS album!!! Papoose was on that album on a song called “Home Sweet Funeral Home” I could be wrong but I think that’s the one he was on. “A Thugs Love Story Pt.1,2 & 3” seriously may be the best story ever told on a rap song! It was a mob story with 3 part’s & 3 different hot ass beats for each story!

      • “4,5,6”

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  • G Rap = G.O.A.T. of Gangster Rap

    • hoeyuno

      “I don’t want fans who don’t know who g rap is”-R.A.

  • Hypestyles

    Rick Ross, Wayne, Jeezy, and the various “D-Boy” MCs of today need to learn the lessons from G Rap. He actually admits up front that he was just a street level teen slinging crack. He wasn’t living out some Tony Montana fantasy, which is what too many of today’s “hustler” rappers feel obligated to portray. Understand: NONE of these guys were any kind of “crime lords” or “big bosses”, despite whatever they may hint at in their raps or in certain interviews. To accept their “street biographies” uncritically would mean that you accept that a black/latino male, aged 15 – 25 managed to create a self-contained drug empire with a multi-million dollar income and totally stay under the radar of law enforcement (from the local to the federal level) and the REAL Mob/Mafia groups, and managed to come out of the other end of this without spending a day in jail, killed or grievously injured. No, there’s too much American history that exposes the falsehood of such claims. Further, are mature people supposed to applaud that such a person, this alleged “street millionaire” before rap, decided not to segue into “legitimate” business via something the community really needs like hospitals, grocery stores, laundromats, credit unions, job training centers, etc., but instead they were chasing down record company A&Rs, competing in open-mic-nights, selling self-bootlegged records out the trunk of their car, all to get a 6 or 7 figure record label advance, and six months later they’re arguing with these people about all the deductions from their quarterly royalty statements. We’re supposed to say “bravo!” to that? Amazing.

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  • Mike Swiff

    No Comment…lmao

  • Mike Swiff

    Toooo Easy!

  • FREEfromslavery

    what! this website is highlighting a real fuckin mc. road to the riches is hands down one of the dopest hip-hop songs ever. when it first came out back in the late 80’s early 90’s we felt his lyrical content was amazing. he embodied the streets to the fullest. his body of work definitely puts him in legendary status as an mc. my young niggas please go back and listen to his music so u can understand why these fake ass street rappers of today aint worth a shit to us OG hip-hop heads. first off he was a real man mc’ing, while todays rapper seems to have too many boyish ways that signal “young punk” to niggas like me. sorry youngins but its the truth.

  • A gangster does not hustle in the streets.
    Most are small time drug dealers. Others are
    distributors (ie. Ricky Ross, Frank Lucas).
    The Roman Catholic Church and the Italian
    mafia and today many bankers and politicians
    are by far on a higher level in the game than

    the average poser in his gangsta rap phantasy.
    Selling drugs is just a job like any other on
    provision base. No fixed income. Your success is
    your own effort. The more ruthless you are the
    better the chances to rise up the ladder.
    But also the the better the chances you are
    going to jail or going to be killed.

  • The NEW waist trainer…

    “selling nickels & dimes from sunshine to rain”
    G-Rap You aint even have to put the Kool in it, cats better act like they know.

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  • RichFromBX

    “I don’t really regret too many things in my life and too many choices I made, but I don’t take pride in selling drugs and stuff like that.”

    – how many of today’s young rappers need to listen to that right there…it’s one thing to having to had done some dirt it’s another thing to wear it like a badge of honor…

  • Elohem Shabazz

    A nigga on the run was one of his best songs

  • Elohem Shabazz

    no rappers can compare themselves to what he did years ago

  • your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper..g rap a livin legend

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