Interview with Kool G Rap by Professor Mike Jordan

•January 10, 2011 • 1 Comment

 

Last Friday I had the privlege of talking to the legendary Kool G Rap. We talked about his childhood, DJ Polo, Joell Ortiz, why he avoided the Juice Crew/BDP beef and his upcoming album. I want to thank The Class, all of our visitors, Mya with KGR Management and last bu not least Kool G Rap. He was mad cool and very open and told some stories you might not hear everywhere, like his involvement with Salt N Pepa. This would have been up sooner but a snowstorm in Little Rock had me without power but my man Michael Campbell, The King of Scotland, made sure I was on it. Thanks Mr Campbell.  Check it out, It’s available below for free download. Bought to you by Executive Producer Tyler James, our interview with Kool G. Get Schooled on Autism!  Enjoy.     

 

Interview With Kool G Rap Free Download

 

Ya Man,

The Professor

 

 

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Putting The G in Genius:Love for Kool G Rap by Ramon Felix

•January 7, 2011 • 3 Comments

For most people, when the word symphony is mentioned, the first thing to come to mind is an orchestra. For most, it’s the soothing melodies being carried through a concert hall on the sweet strings of a violin. The heavy demanding boom of the bass and drums sections. Or the simple rise and falls of the winded instruments. But for a few of us, those who have never seen nor heard of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven or Bach there is another Symphony that we relate to. This symphony takes place……. once upon a time in Brooklyn!

Though there were more than a couple of now legendary voices to grace us in these 2 collaborations, only one is consistently recognized as one of the top 5 greatest MCs of all time!

Kool G Rap. The G in his name initially standing for Genius (and who can argue with that?!?) but came to be accepted over the years as a direct reference to mobster, Sam Giancana. This tie in of sorts with such a classic icon of pure uninhibited ruthlessness was yet another sign that you were upon a whole new breed of rapper. No longer was the verse going to be just a little jab at an opposing M.C., but a full on, no holds barred aggressive cutthroat assault that has earned him street credibility that stands just as intact today as the day he first earned it.

 He is known as one of the first to make reference to the “Mafioso/Mobster” lifestyle in his lyrics. Thus  helping to define a form of merging or connection between the two cultures in his music. A connection that can be seen all around us today in many different crews and Rap monikers alike. From Jr. Mafia to Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc., the typecast of the mobster is alive and well in the norms of Hip Hop today.

With stop-you-in-your-tracks lines that kept on coming like, “Take a deep breath because you don’t have another left. I’m coming back like I’m avengin my brother’s death!” Kool G quickly became a pioneer at the forefront of the hardcore movement. This type of “gangster” lyricism had not been brought to the masses in this form before. One could dare say that the movement we know today as gangster rap was built on his shoulders.

 Many MCs have recognized Kool G as being one of or the top MC of all time. His sound has been copied and imitated by more than a few aspiring artists and some influential ones as well! Using his mental awareness, he was able to keep you hanging on to every word. Through his storytelling abilities, and use of multi syllable words, he was a big reason that the Rap Game had evolved. Having an uncanny ability to control his breath, his rhymes seemed to be relentless! No longer was it just party music and laughable rhymes over borrowed hooks and samples. It was a form of  street poetry that never held back and always delivered truth!

After coming to light in the public eye as a member of The Juice Crew, G. Rap ventured out on a solo career. Never finding true commercial success, he remained a voice of the underground. As an MC to be reckoned with, Kool G continues to create quality music that remains a voice for the streets while being true to himself. His sound has stayed dark, gritty, lyrical, intelligent, grimy and underground at its purest!

Kool G Rap has cemented his name in Hip Hop music history! His legacy will forever be remembered as one paved in the sounds of a generation finding its voice. And he will continue to be an icon of real Hip Hop music!

Ya Man,

Ramon Felix

Wanted:Dead Or Alive review by Dennis Lehto

•January 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Due to my focus on giving you all the best show possible every week, The class blog is suffering. I was thinking since it is OUR blog why not get more of US involved in it. With that being said there are some contributing authors that will be stopping in from time to time and the first one comes to us from our northern neighbor in Canada. Dennis Lehto is not only an MC but also a card acrrying member of the Universal Zulu Nation and one of my favorite writers.  Seeing as though Kool G Rap will be our special guest this week, Mr Lehto took it upon himself to review a very slept on classic from Kool G. Rap, Wanted:Dead or Alive.  Thanks Mr Lehto and we are looking forward to hearing More from you.

 

  “Road to the Riches” is among the greatest debut Hiphop albums of all time. “Live and Let die” seems to be the peoples choice, featuring one of my top G Rap singles with “Ill Street Blues” (as well, sporting a top 10 album cover in my books, if not top 5. You know the one, if not, google it) … But the purpose of this entry is to focus on perhaps the most slept-on Kool G Rap album in the entire catalog …

Wanted: Dead or Alive

To start, this isn’t so much an album review as it’s a way for me to give praise to the very record that essentially made me want to pick up a microphone my damn self so many moons ago.

“Wanted” is sparked off with “Streets of New York” with its Fatback Band sample implemented quite nicely. You can hear its influence on everyone over the years from Nas (NY State of Mind) to Company Flow (Last Good Sleep). To this day it remains one of the illest tracks on the subject ever written. Honestly I could write an entire entry about that one track alone, but you already know, so for the sake of saving on letters lets keep it moving…

Next, the albums title track comes in at a blistering pace in ways only possible in the early 90’s, lyrically showing off G Rap’s gully side … This rapid pace continues on tracks like “Play It Again, Polo” and “Kool Is Back“, both on the more braggadocio side of things lyrically.

The record has two notable posse cuts, the first being “Money in the Bank” featuring Large Professor, Freddy Foxxx and Ant Live. Bumpy Knucks and G Rap in the same vocal booth? That lineup says it all … The other is “Erase Racism“, a Juice Crew affair featuring Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie and a bassline that’ll blow your mind. Lyrically, it isn’t as angry or aggressive (for lack of better words) as other G Rap tracks, but the wordplay is top-shelf and the topic is covered thoroughly. Produced by Biz and Cool V, it’s a nice change of pace. I’d put it right up there with “Symphony” for greatest Juice Crew posse cuts.

Of course I couldn’t write this without special mention of “Talk Like Sex“, still to this day among the most gloriously vulgar rhymes ever written. Not an easy task considering how desensitized we as a people have become over the years. In the world of so-dirty-its-funny misogynistic Hiphop records, Kool G Rap still holds the title 21 years strong with this one. The Booker T sample alone is worth the price of admission. Chris Rock even parodied “Talk Like Sex” in CB4, in case you missed it.

While perhaps not as notable in the history books as those previously mentioned, the vibe remains in tact on tracks like “Bad to the Bone” and “Play it Kool“, showing off G Rap’s verbal dexterity … One track I was always feeling in particular that never gets enough credit is “Jive Talk“. From the playful beat to some of the most slept-on G Rap lines ever written, best multi-syllable flows recorded up to that point, “Jive Talk” is a diamond in the rough, and that’s just verse 1. The rest of it sounds like a studio session I’d like to see footage of.

Second to last is “The Polo Club”, the obligatory DJ cut featured on many a Golden Era classics … Capping off the record is “Rikers Island“, produced Marley Marl. It sounds like it could have been an outtake from “Road to the Riches” as it was previously released a few years prior. If you’re like me, that “Rikers Island” hook will be stuck in your head for weeks upon every listen.

To recap …

With his patented lisp, I’m always amazed as to how Kool G Rap could keep it so fresh and so on point so consistently (of course I say this with nothing but the utmost respect). This record serves as a lyrical clinic to all rhyme writers with an affinity for wordplay. If you want to understand why Kool G Rap is your favorite MC’s favorite MC and often appears on “most underrated of all time” lists, do yourself a favor and check “Wanted: Dead or Alive” with a pair of fresh ears. Finally, while I didn’t speak on it much, the production (handled mostly by Large Professor, Eric B, Kool G Rap and DJ Polo, for the record) is also on point throughout.

Ya Man,

Dennis Lehto

Class Is In Session 2010 by Head Of The Class

•December 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

    

 After seeing the tremendous wealth of talent in the class after the class talent show I had a million things running through my head. I was thinking of the old Red Alert promos, The Crooklyn Dodgers. Class mixtapes…etc etc. Well, I managed to make a few of those things a reality. Thanks to the creativity, kindness and talents of King Boom, DJ K-Flip, Kane Mayfield, Duchess, and Crazydom they have put together the first of what I hope will be many more class collaborations.  I have played it a few times on my show, and it was on my 2010 Honor Roll but it has never been available for download before now. Well as a Christmas present to the Class I am making it available now. Merry Christmas everyone. This download was bought to you by Executive Producer Tye Felix. Get Schooled on Autism.

Class Is In Session 2010-Head Of The Class feat King Boom, DJ K-Flip, Kane Mayfield, Duchess, and Crazydom  

Ya Man,

The Professor

Need To Learn:Best Of 2010 (plus some) Podcast

•December 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

To effectively love and appreciate Hip Hop you have to love all kinds of music. Hip Hop samples from so many different music genres by digging deeper into the song you could learn alot about the artist, the producer and music in general. Last Friday on The Old School, New School, Need To Learn Though Show! we went on an excursion into some of my favortie Need To Learn Segments of 2010 plus a couple of new ones added just for the show. Below is the playlist. You can hit the title for the free download. I hope you enjoy it wheter you are reliving the memories or checking it out for the first time. This podcast is dedicated to my main man and the show’s new Executive Producer Ty Felix. Get Schooled on Autism!

Touch Me, Tease Me-Case/Foxy Brown

Necessary Way-Willie the Kid f. La the Darkman
Ordinary Pain-Stevie Wonder
Simply Havin-De La Soul
Footprints-A Tribe Called Quest
Sir Duke-Stevie Wonder

Lookin’ Fly-Redman
This Place Hotel-The Jacksons
Gunshowers-Method Man, Ghostface, & Raekwon
La -La (Means I Love You)-The Jackson 5

Lookin Fly-Von Pea feat. Donwill & Trackademicks
Just Got Paid-Johnny Kemp
Bobby Brown – Every Little Step
I Get the Job Done-Big Daddy Kane

Exhibit C-Jay Electronica
Cross My Heart-Billy Stewart
Shiny Suit Theory-Jay Electronica feat Jay Z and The Dream
The Ambassadors – Aint Got The Love Of One Girl (On My Mind)
I Got A Love-Pete Rock & CL Smooth

Bold And Arrogant (rmx)-Emilio Rojas f. Styles P & Asher Roth
Wrath Of My Madness (Soulshock Remix)-Queen Latifah
Chicken Strut-The Meters

The Joy-Kanye West feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi
The Makings Of You-Curtis Mayfield
The Righteous Way To Go-Edgar Allen Floe
Makings Of U-John Robinson

Blue Cheese-UMC’s
Get Out Of My Life Woman-Solomon Burke
Shots-9th Wonder featuring Big Dho & Sean Price
Turn Off The Lights-Teddy Pendergrass
Back In The Day-Ahmad
Love TKO-Teddy Pendergrass

Need To Learn:Best Of 2010 (plus some) Podcast

Ya Man,

The Professor

Black Friday All Music Podcast:All Black Everything

•November 25, 2010 • 1 Comment

 

Last weekend, my laptop started sparking and smoking. I suspect because it is jammed with so much hip hop. Either way, I need a new one. So I may be amongst the throngs of shoppers this Friday looking for a bigger, stronger, faster laptop. That’s right ,I want a 6 million dollar laptop for $200-$400. I don’t think that’s asking a lot.
     I have never done this before but at the young age of 38 37 36 30 something this is the type of pyhsical and mental activity I have to get ready for! I will be packing the most essential piece of equipment, the ipod. Now , back before I had the show when I would have a big event, I would make a tape/cd/playlist for that event. I take this as further evidence that I am doing exactly what I should be doing, but I digress. Anyway, as I was saying, through the magic of technology I can share those playlists with you. 
     Usually these compilations are compiled with a theme relative to the event. This one is no exception. The theme for this one is Black. There will be songs with Black in the title, acts with Black in their name and selections from Jay Z’s The Black Album, Method Man and Redman’s Blackout!, and Public Enemy’s Fear of A Black Planet. I will be listening to this while I’m standing outside of a store at 3am during the only time it’s acceptable for a black man to do so, Black Friday! The playlist follows and after that hit the title for the download link.  I hope you enjoy it! I’ll see you all on the air Friday night.  

Black Cow Steely Dan
Black Mozart Madlib
Young, Gifted and Black Big Daddy Kane

Black Ego Digable Planets
Blackout Cassidy f. Jag
Hoes We Knows Black Sheep

Yeah Yeah Blackrock
It’s All Real Pitch Black
Ballad oof The Black Gold Reflection Eternal

You Can’t Hold A Torch  Busta Rhymes Feat. Q-Tip & Chauncey Black
She & Her  L.E. f. Von P. & P. Black
Black Hand Side Queen Latifah

Blacklist  Prefuse 73 with MF Doom and Aesop Rock
Black Nostaljack (A.K.A. Come On) Camp Lo
Chitter Chatter  The Away Team feat. Black Milk

Definition Black Star
Black Is Black Jungle Brothers
Just What Can Happen Blackalicious

Black Star Line Brand Nubian
Love Movin’  J Dilla Feat. Black Though
Like That Black Eyed Peas feat Q Tip

Black Mags The Cool Kids
Black Republican Nas & Jay Z
Whoa! Black Rob

Black Cop KRS-One
Y.O.U. Method Man & Redman
99 Problems (Produced By Rick Rubin) Jay-Z

Who Got da Props? Black Moon
Action  Black Milk feat. Slum Village & Baatin
Welcome to the terrordome Public Enemy
Blak Is Blak The Mau Maus

Black Friday All Music Podcast:All Black Everything 

Happy Thanksgiving,

The Professor

The Class vs The Professor Podcast

•November 23, 2010 • 1 Comment

 

This all started when I began taking requests for last Friday’s show.  Normally, when I choose records for the show, it’s with a theme in mind which I adhere to pretty closely.  While I only play the songs that I want to play, I’m still a bit restricted by the theme.  So once the requests started rolling in, I started thinking of songs to go up against the songs the class selected.  As I continued to think about those songs, I thought of this theme: I go song for song with the class.  Now to be fair, I wanted my song to be comparable. whether it was a similar theme, same artist, same producer, or if the beat reminded me of a another song, that’s what I went with. I also further handicapped myself by trying to play songs that I don’t play often.  This was how it turned out.  We went song for song, and the better song got the vote. It went down to the wire and I am not 100% sure who won.  Why don’t you listen and you can decide.  The podcast is located below after the playlist. During the course of the show I explain my picks and we keep a running count of the scoring. After you listen to the whole thing you may agree with me, a rematch may be in order!   

Dilla Bot Vs. The Hybrid by J Dilla feat. Danny Brown requested by Jams DaBoombox
Poppin  Pockets by Grip Grand feat. A.G. requested by Shaun Borowski
Daytona 500 by Ghostface Killah,The Force M.D.s, Raekwon, and Cappadonna requested by Colin Hodge
EMC (What’s It Stand For?) by eMC requested by RJ Baker
Talkin’ In My Sleep by Elzhi requested by DJ K Flip
—–vs——
Geek Down by J Dilla  ft. Busta Rhymes 
Temptation Island byTheology 
Nutmeg by Ghostface Killah
Onslaught by Slaughterhouse  
Marvelous by Baatin

Tiger Style by Redman requested by Caleb Bryant
Human Jock Box by Skinny Boys requested by Thomas Clinton Fowler
The Fire in Which You Burn by Company Flow requested by Nathan Esparza
Girls I Got ‘Em Locked by Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud requested by Rance
’97 Mentality by Cappadonna f. Ghostface Killah requested by Dmitri Humes
—–vs—–
Rock The Bells (original) by LL Cool J 
Greatest Entertainer by Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
Left It To Us by Cage ft. El-p Aesop Rock Tame 1 Yak Ballz 
ugly people be quiet by Cash Money & Marvelous 
Wu Banga by Ghostface Killah GZA, Raekwon, Cappadonna, Masta Killa

Don’t You Even Go There by Demigodz feat Louis Logic, Apathy, Celph Titled requested by Brian Mann
The Worst by Onyx f. Wu-Tang Clan requested by Duchess
Brooklyn Hard Rock by  Thirstin Howl III requested by Theodore Pullins
Let Em Have it L by Big L requested by Vasil Stefanov
A Million And One Questions by Jay-Z requested by Mercyn Vales
—–vs—– 
Moment I Feared by Tame One 
Nothin’ Like It by Planet Asia, Krondon, Evidence & Phil Da Agony  
Lo’d Out by P-Lo 
Size ‘Em Up by Big L 
Questions and Answers by Boogie Down Productions

This show was alot of fun and to be fair, they had no idea that I would be putting songs up against theirs. However, I feel that the next time, they will have that in mind.  I’m sure we will do this again. Thank you all for the requests. Thanks for supporting the show. Thanks for keeping Hip Hop alive. Hit the title below to listen or download the show.

The Class Vs The Professor podcast

Ya Man,

The Profesor