Kool G Rap and DJ Polo
Live and Let Die


4.5
superb

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2010 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Due to the controversy surrounding it’s release, this album never got the recognition it deserved but it’s on of the best hip-hop releases of all time

One of the best MCs ever, Kool G. Rap had a three album run with DJ Polo, each album better than the last, culminating with their magnum opus Live and Let Die. Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding the album prevented it from being as successful as it should’ve been. First off, label Cold Chillin’ and it’s distributor Warner Bros. had suffered a loss in the now infamous Biz Markie v. Gilbert Sullivan sampling case. Warner Bros. was also caught in Ice-T’s ‘Cop Killer’ controversy and thus refused to distribute Live and Let Die because of it’s violent lyrical content and controversial artwork.

With the release date being continually pushed back, Kool G Rap was able to rework the album along with west coast producer (and Ice Cube contributor) Sir Jinx. It seems that the extra time was used well because as good as Wanted: Dead or Alive was, Live and Let Die is even better, the standard set by that album’s ‘Streets of New York’ is upheld throughout this album. With Live and Let Die, you get to hear what you’re used to from G Rap… only better.

Kool G Rap’s crime tales are at their peak with the phenomenal ‘Ill Street Blues’ a piano driven beat done by then-unknown Trackmasters who contribute three beats. The rest of the production is handled by Sir Jinx and Kool G Rap, the involvement of Jinx gives this a decidedly west coast feel reminiscent of Ice Cube’s Death Certificate which was done at about the same time. Sampling The Chi-Lites’ ‘Are you my woman (tell me so)’ (better known now as Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’) ‘#1 With a Bullet’ features fellow Juice Crew member Big Daddy Kane and together they rip the mic with reckless abandon and rapid-fire rhymes, just what you would expect from two of the best rappers ever. In another collaboration, G Rap is joined by more legends: Ice Cube and the Geto Boys for the epic closer ‘Two to the Head’ rarely do you have this many great rappers give these kind of performances.

Throughout Live and Let Die, Kool G Rap sticks to what he does best: gritty crime tales. Why not? He does it better than anyone else, from the opening track ‘On the Run’ to the heist tale ‘Train Robbery’ G Rap paints vivid pictures and engages the listener with his riveting stories. Another thing G Rap does well is make songs about sex, that’s why a compilation called Rated X was made, compiling his explicit tales. On this occasion it’s ‘Operation CB’ (which stands for cock block) and with all the details he gives, you can feel his frustration on this hilarious track. Probably his best sex song though is the aptly titled ‘F*ck U Man’ where he talks about his sexual prowess but there’s one thing he WON’T do:

But sixty-nining I ain't with that
I'll go to a Chinese restaurant, bitch, if I wanna eat cat
Because you gotta be brave to eat the tuna, G
So when it comes to pussy-lickin', I'm the chicken of the sea


After working with some of the best producers on the east coast for his first two albums, (Marley Marl, Eric B, Large Professor) working with Sir Jinx gave Live and Let Die a different feel but Kool G Rap is clearly the star here and he puts on a show of epic proportions. At seventeen tracks, Live and Let Die runs a bit long especially since there isn’t much of a thematic variety but Kool G Rap’s lyricism and delivery are astounding, this is one of the best albums by one of the best rappers ever that unfortunately was overlooked because it was out of print for about fifteen years. The re-issue contains a bonus disk with additional remixes but all you need is the original album, which makes many of it’s contemporaries pale in comparison.

Recommended tracks:
Ill Street Blues
Two to the Head
F*ck U Man



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2010


31353 Comments


YES YES YES YES

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

somberlain
May 3rd 2010


2121 Comments


Big Daddy Kane is considered by most as one of the best ever and Imma let him finish but Kool G Rap had one of the best albums of all time, OF ALL TIME!

somberlain
May 3rd 2010


2121 Comments


uh... thx Dev I appreciate the enthusiasm

SeaAnemone
May 3rd 2010


20520 Comments


I feel like every time I post a review you post one on to of it : (... at least it's a good one though

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2010


31353 Comments


uh... thx Dev I appreciate the enthusiasm

This is my jam

somberlain
May 3rd 2010


2121 Comments


Sorry Sea, I think it happened at almost the same time

and yea Dev this is one of my top 10 all-time hip-hop albums

illmitch
May 3rd 2010


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album is so fucking good

DBlitz
May 4th 2010


1690 Comments


i've been meaning to listen to this

Inveigh
May 4th 2010


25025 Comments


nice review broheem. suppose i need to get this, it sounds pretty awesome. also, Kool G Rap and I share a birthday.

one thing though:

Throughout Live and Let Die, Kool G Rap sticks to what he does best: gritty crime tales and why not?

not a big deal, but maybe put a hyphen in between "tales" and "and" to break it up or something, or maybe an elipses. I feel like there needs to be something indicative of a pause in between those two words. Minor point of contention though, excellent review.

somberlain
May 4th 2010


2121 Comments


thx Inveigh, fixed it

awesome album btw, you DO need to get this

JulesWin
May 8th 2010


993 Comments


"So when it comes to pussy-lickin', I'm the chicken of the sea"

lol!



DBlitz
December 3rd 2010


1690 Comments


listened to this today, good stuff

somberlain
December 5th 2010


2121 Comments


DBlitz
May 4th 2010

i've been meaning to listen to this


DBlitz
December 3rd 2010

listened to this today, good stuff

and it only took you 7 months to listen to it!
but I'm glad you did


HalfManHalfAmazing
December 5th 2010


565 Comments


Number 1 With A Bullet is the fucking jam

DBlitz
December 6th 2010


1690 Comments


but I'm glad you did


me2

rickywong
December 6th 2010


36 Comments


lol

DBlitz
December 6th 2010


1690 Comments


u in the wong lab

Hawks
March 2nd 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow this is so much better than I originally thought.

Cadda
September 25th 2011


162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wasn't expecting to like this at all.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2013


15050 Comments


operation cb is the best song ever



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