Kool G. Rap
4, 5, 6


4.0
excellent

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
September 6th, 2009 | 18 replies | 6,340 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All Music Guide rating: 2. LOLOLOL

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The ferocious murders the media are; these silly individuals decided to kill the career of one Kool "G" Rap prematurely, calling 4,5,6 a bad album. All Music Guides review states "After a three-album run with DJ Polo that stacked up favorably to any other rap act, Kool G Rap went solo with 1995's 4, 5, 6, and it's the only time he sounded as if he was running out of steam.", and throughout the rest of their short and quite sour review, they bash the album almost blindly. Uninspired production? lackluster lyrics almost everywhere? these are some of the weakest claims, and makes it seem like the reviewer listened to 4, 5, 6 and expected everything like his material with DJ Polo, when the pursuit for a new sound is particularly why he split with DJ Polo.

No doubt, there are spots that feel kinda lackluster, like the unnecessary cash bragging of "Fast Life" with one of the first appearances of Nas Escobar, a man more obsessed with seeing his own image in his watch than he is with actually rapping. But its really hard to say its completely uninspired. Most of the album is dominated by a mafioso theme, mixed cleanly with Kool G Rap's speedy flow and meshes for perfection. He takes what made Raekwon's Cuban Linx a great rap album, and molds it for himself. The use of punchlines aren't vast, but Kool G makes up for it by having one of the most complicated flows and having one of the best breath controls, allowing him to rap long time.

"Back in the days was kinda crazy kid I started out with nothin
Wasn't livin like Thanksgiving I was turkey without the stuffin
Sometimes I sweared to God that I was headed for the poorhouse
Say mama caught the drama she would bleed tryin to feed 4 mouths
Wasn't rockin Girbauds I barely had clothes and when it snowed
and temperatures droppin below zero you know I froze
No CD's a black and white TV a seat is a rubber tire
with a hanger for the antenna, turned channels with some pliers"

And to respond to the supposed poor production: where is it? "Blowin' Up In The World" has a Premier-like use of samples, and creates a fantastical and dream-like atmosphere for Kool G tells his excellently delivered stories. Some tracks work simplistically for fantastic results, like the swiping of the keyboard bass line of "Chameleon" by Herbie Hancock for "Money on My Brain", where a MF Grimm who would scare the *** out of his new self, a B1 that sounds like that guy that influenced Jay-Z, and Kool G Rap being on top of his game in attempt to out rap them. Most of the songs on 4, 5, 6 attempt to mix jazzy old school influences with the dream-like soothing backs, and sometimes takes on a commercial 90s Trackmasters route, like with "Fast Life" and "It's A Shame".

Critics make Kool G. Rap's first album out to sound awful. Don't be fooled, though, as magazine critics and 'creditable' online ones like All Music Guide hasn't been relevant to music listeners since ever. Kool G. Rap truly puts up a great effort for his first album, and the people who back him up honestly don't do a terrible job either. Picking this up despite what a lot of silly music critics say would be a good idea, and you could say, i'd highly RECOMMEND it.

*** All Music Guide.



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bastard
September 6th 2009



3435 Comments


shit ain't never gon' change
FUCK IT
time to load the clip
AND WE TAKE EM TO WAR

scyther
September 6th 2009



1606 Comments


Nice review I should hear this.

bastard
September 6th 2009



3435 Comments


You should, its sorta like a lot of Mafioso records, except Kool G Rap has a more awesome delivery and such and such like the review says. It's not the best album in the world, but all music guide is retarded for giving this a 2.

foreverendeared
September 6th 2009



14678 Comments


definitely getting this

FistfulOfSteel
September 6th 2009



894 Comments


been meaning to check this out for a while, ive really enjoyed Kool G's stuff with DJ Polo, so ill look into it. keep these reviews coming, great albums youve been doing.

bastard
September 6th 2009



3435 Comments


Thanks broseph, i've been thinkin' of what to review next, and i'll prolly get on it once my laptop gets fixed.

irishmanshibby
September 6th 2009



355 Comments


fast life is a sick song but i've never really heard the rest of this album...ill have to get it if you say its a weak point

bastard
September 6th 2009



3435 Comments


"Fast Life" isn't bad, so to speak, but i don't like Nas Escobar because although his rhymes are technically proficent, and his flow is nice, the actual rhyming is kinda silly.

foreverendeared
September 8th 2009



14678 Comments


"where a MF Grimm who would scare the *** out of his new self"

Pretty much what i thought when i heard his verses. Not so much would scare his new self as much as his new self just expresses completely different views in his lyrics now

HalfManHalfAmazing
September 20th 2010



565 Comments


Fast Life has such a shitty beat

HalfManHalfAmazing
September 23rd 2010



565 Comments


WHO VOTED THIS A ONE? I DEMAND TO KNOW!!!

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2013



9033 Comments


Das Racist is da new Kool G Rap

oltnabrick
January 18th 2013



30039 Comments


PROBABLY

oltnabrick
January 18th 2013



30039 Comments


I WAS TALKING TO YOU LOL

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2013



9033 Comments


I was just quoting them

InHumanForm
March 6th 2013



316 Comments


"with one of the first appearances of Nas Escobar, a man more obsessed with seeing his own image in his watch than he is with actually rapping."

This is the dumbest comment I've ever read, anywhere. Furthermore, you seem to not understand that the point of this brand of rap, also evident on 'It Was Written', is underpinned by utilizing a visage to characterize a lyrical concept(mafioso rap). Think about it. I agree with the rating though.

YBG613
February 9th 2014



10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Im Blowin up in the world i Gots to get mine, i gots to get mines!!!

LambsBread
February 10th 2014



3243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album sounds good, but the intro and outro of the review about All Music Guide is pointless



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