I want to thank everybody for writing in questions and I'm sorry it took so long
but there were a lot of questions to choose from and I didn't want to keep answering
the same thing. I did my best though ya'll and I typed these out myself. I will
definitely be doing shit like this in the future as well again so this won't be
the last time. If your particular question didn't get answered I apologize but
you might have it answered in one way here in this feature. I tried to touch on
as many things as I could.
Again I thank HHG for all the support as of late and I want to thank the fans
especially. I appreciate every last one of you cats. Ya'll dudes are the reason
I still do what I do at the level I do it. I have a lot of passion for this shit
and although a nigga never reached that platinum status or whatever I still feel
worth a million when my fans reach out and show love the way you guys have done
most recently. Respect and support and real recognize real. This is what the current
movement has been about and I'm not stopping right now. I feel as if I finally
have the right machine and resources behind me to do what I've always wanted to
do. I peeped the comments to the records "Gun Ho City" as well as "Life
In The Gutter" and I'm glad I'm receiving a lot of support with my current
shit that I'm doing. Go out and get that "Top 5 Dead Or Alive" mixtape
from wherever you can get it from cause you ain't heard shit if you fucking with
what you've heard already. I'm also dropping the "Top 5 Dead Or Alive"
Special Edition which will be the album like version of what the mixtape is so
support that when it comes out in the chain stores. The mixtape will be out real
shortly and I'm giving ya'll a album effort with 17 plus original joints, just
to give the streets what they've been missing. Pt 3 of this HHG feature will come
shortly ....good looks ya'll. I would also like to send my condolences to everybody
who was directly or indirectly struck by the recent hurricane Katrina. The G Rap
family sends its prayers and we have a lot of brothers and sisters suffering down
there so lets get them some help so contribute if you can.
What do you plan on doing once you retire from rap? - David Bernstein
I definitely want to stay business oriented. I plan to work with my artist heavily
and place money into other investments outside of music altogether.
Question about "The raw remix" .. How did that record come about?
Was ya'll battling? Z'up! - Jamaal Nathan
Well me and Kane was in Marley's house and we was just kicking it in the lab.
Marley put a beat on and was just like "hey yo ya'll should just freestyle
over this beat". Well I had just written some crazy shit at that time which
you heard on the record and I'm just glad I was prepared cause Kane really brought
it on that track. A lot of cats think we was going at each other but I think that's
just cause you had 2 ill cats just going in crazy and it was some friendly competition
My question is will you ever put out a collection of all your videos on DVD
like "The Symphony" and etc? Second question is do you still keep in
contact with DJ POLO? - Demarco X
Yes I do plan to put out a DVD with all my video's plus some new ones that were
never shot to certain songs like "A Thugs Love Story" as well as others.
As far as Polo, I haven't spoken to him in a few years but there's no love lost.
He's still my dude.
My first question
is ...In your long career, Is there anything that you regret? My 2nd question
is... was there ever tension between you and Big Daddy Kane? - Juan Padilla
There's nothing I really regret. I still have a lot to be grateful for even
without the overwhelming success some other artist have achieved. The only thing
between me and Kane might have been a quiet competition between us but nothing
serious especially cause we was part of the same team at the time. Kane's a
real dude and so am I and we both have always respected each other and we still
talk til this day.
Yo, first things first: MUCH RESPECT - I've been a follower of your music since
the "Ill Street Blues" days, and you've never let me down. It's obvious
that you've got a great ear for hip-hop talent, and you seem to be on every
rappers list of influential MC's. So, my question is: outside of your own camp,
who would YOU consider some of the most skilled MC's at this moment? - Shaun
Well just off the top based on lyrics I'd have to say Saigon who I did "Letter
P" and "Dirtz Biz" with and Papoose. I respect Juelz Santana
a lot as well for being different and having his own style.
Like you I spend a lot of my childhood growing up in Corona Queens (108 Street).
Now back when you were doing ya thing on 104 and Northern Blvd, what inspired
you to write the venomous lines that you spit back then and to this day? I mean
dudes like Universal (RIP) did their thing on the Blvd but what were your major
influences? - P Italiano
That's ill that you mentioned my hood like that. Well my major influences at
the time was not only MC's like Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Silver Fox, & Grand
Master Caz but also the lifestyle I was involved with at the time along with
the street enviornment that was surrounding me. I'd say that all these things
had a lot to do with the artist that Kool G Rap became. Everything you seen
on those streets and people you can think of led to me scripting what I did.
First I just want to say that I'm honored to even be asking a question. I
know that shit sounds crazy but I love this shit man, this hip-Hop shit is more
than a passion for me. Just want to say thank you for paving the way. You are
a founding father, is there any niggas from the South you're feeling? - Red
No doubt homey. There are definitely a few cats who I feel from the south personally.
I think Ludacris for one is a talented lyricist as well as a great entertainer.
T.I. I fucks with. Bun B is a real thorough dude and I fuck with his shit as
well. I'm not on some "strictly NYC" bias rap shit. I respect a lot
of niggaz from the south and I fuck with they music. Let me not forget Killer
Mike who's my nigga and he's a beast on the mic. I've also been listening to
some material from an upcoming artist from ATL named Al Gator and I think he's
a problem so look out for that kid.
First off, I need to commend this man for making me write a question for the
first time in my 28 year life. I have over 1000 cds/tapes/records in the crates
of Hip Hop music and I have to say my #1 album is G Rap's Live and Let Die so
this questions pertains to that album.
When that album dropped it was a turn around for the east coast and rap in general.
You had an east coast cat working primarily with a west coast producer. You
had mafia themes, sexual charged lyrics, real life situations and crazy rhyme
patterns. Can you take me through the recording process of the best east coast
album ever? I read stuff on Pac recording the 7 theory album all the time but
too me this album is revolutionary. Can you take me through the process of choosing
producers, guests, recording, and tracks like "Edge of Sanity" &
"Train Robbery" which remain some of the grittiest tracks of all time.
Also you plan on working with Trackmasters/Sir Jinx again to make some old magic
happen? - John Gerontzos
Well the recording process for that album was a lot of fun because I did most
of the work for that LP in the west coast and back then there wasn't really
no east/west drama so I gained a few friendships out there with a few people.
Working with Sir Jinx definitely taught me a lot about recording as far as production
is concerned and vocally but Jinx being the cousin of the great Dr Dre had a
lot of Dre's techniques implemented into his own style of production as far
as like putting together skits, sound fx, and stuff like that. With me being
the kind of rapper that writes very cinematic, Jinx just added to what I did
and almost literally turned the music into big screen motion pictures. "Edge
Of Sanity" & "Great Train Robbery" were tracks I started
before I even got to Cali but Jinx added his crazy edge to them to make them
sound fuller. I'm not really sure about working with Jinx or Track Masters on
any project that I'm doing right at this moment cause it isn't in the plans
but my doors are always open to work with them.
First of all of course you were and still are a huge influence to me and crew.
What I wanna know is back in the day and even now do you mostly write to the
track or write the lyrics and then find the track. Also do you yourself make
beats at all? - Sean Dorsey
Early in my career I would mainly write the lyrics first and then find tracks
to fit them but as time went on I eventually started custom writing to the production.
It's both good & bad sometimes when you custom write to a real hot track
because the track being so good can make you not work that hard lyrically cause
almost anything sounds good over it but when you write without a track you have
nothing else to focus on but the lyrics. As far as making beats, I used to do
that but as years went by I stopped. I always had a lot to do with my earlier
production in my early days.
Seeing as all music evolves and adapts to changes in the times, how do you think
the rap game is going to have to adapt after all this bubble-gum rap is gone
to regain legitimacy to the true hip-hop fan without just going back to the
way it used to be. - Steven A Thomas / Staten Island
Good question Steven. Well me myself I'm not the kind of person that wants the
times of yesterday to stay forever but the Hip Hop game will adapt simply because
it will have to. There are certain forms of Hip Hop that are not really my preference
but they serve a purpose. Look it's like this, I'm from an era where there wasn't
a Hip Hop fan base the way it is right now and it was the variety of different
music approaches that broadened it like artists such as Public Enemy for being
militant and socially conscience. By the way love those dudes for what they
did but even groups like Arrested Development probably paved the way and made
a fan base for artist like a Talib Kweli and Mos Def as well as others. So the
same would go for artist that do more commercial music. Some shit might not
have been your cup of tea but its helped hip hop grow to what it is today. If
you look now, these days it don't really require much to please a typical audience
just music they can dance to, a chorus they can sing along with, and that's
basically it. The fans of Hip Hop music that require more lyrical skills from
rappers are suffering right now with what's played on radio and video shows
because it's simply not there but the numbers in sales aren't there for this
shit. People that want to hear that real shit need to support it on the real
or true lyricist might stay on some underground shit because there's no other
place for them to go. That's why its important for us to support cats. I know
there's a lot of bootlegging going on and it helps cats but if you actually
cop a real lyricist's LP you are doing more than spending 10 - 15 bucks. You
are actually supporting the market and adding value to it. We need to support
each other to keep this shit alive. Go to shows, by product, and stop trying
to be the star. Like my man Scram Jone's says "there's not enough Indians
cause everybody want to be a chief". That's cool but even in NYC we need
to stop trying to top the next man and support each other. That's how these
south niggaz are doing it.
Just wondering.... how do you feel about the state of NY rap right now? and
what new up and coming artists are getting your attention? - Bloodpoolkid
I think there are a lot of talented dudes in NYC right now but they just not
really getting the opportunity to be heard because the labels don't really care
about who's nice and who ain't. They simply want to sign what they think is
going to bring the numbers in and that's that. As far as up & coming artist
I think Papoose and Saigon are gonna do they thing also look out for the cat's
in 5 family click... Ma Barker, 40 cal hammerz, Nino Bless, Catalyst, Manslawta,
& Big East. This is some real soon to be problem type of shit coming so
keep ya ears to the street baby!!!
With all the great material in the last few years, the "G Rap is the
GOAT" movement has built up. Can we expect more G Rap material being released
more frequently in the future? Michael Gutierrez
The answer is simple yes Michael, you can definitely expect more product on
Kool G Rap and the 5 Family Click in the near future.... mixtapes, albumns etc.
So keep your ears to the street there's gonna be a lot of noise being made from
this camp ya heard!!!!
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