Kool G Rap - Riches, Royalty & Respect

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Taking his vintage style and flipping it in 2011 is quite a feat, one G. Rap does with ease.

One of the culture’s legendary lyricists, Kool G Rap, has decided to make the 1970’s an inspiration for his new album, a gem that Hip Hop heads should not sleep on. Riches, Royalty & Respect is G. Rap’s reintroduction to a game that owes a lot to his work and it is his first release since 2008’s EP, Half a Klip. With this album, G. Rap proves that he can still rhyme circles around emcees, weave rhyme patterns together and boast with the best of them.

Unlike athleticism in the NBA, age doesn’t always mean a deterioration of skills in Hip Hop. G. Rap can still hang, using his patented multisyllabic style to perfection throughout, flashing this skill frequently. “She feels the player’s flavor/ the shoes are suede or gator,” he brags on “Ya Chic Chose Me.” “She knows I play with paper and you can’t pay the waiter.” Lyrically, G. Rap also shows his sharp lyricism on “Sad,” one of the album’s most interesting, heartfelt cuts over a Lee Moses sample. “Pages of My Life” also shows more of this introspection. “I had a baby sister that died young,” he shares. “She went to sleep when the grim reaper was cradle rockin’/ Over my right shoulder here, I got an angel watchin’.” Here, G. Rap shows why veteran emcees should still have an integral voice in our culture.

Of course, the right beats are important in backing every emcee. For his support, G. Rap went for mostly lesser-known producers (with some exceptions like Alchemist and Marley Marl) who had a similar vision. Taking off with the throwback theme in place, each producer drops a soulful sample laden track, a Memory Lane for all who take this album for a spin. “In Too Deep,” “The Meaning to Your Love,” “Sad,” “Pages of My Life,” and “Da Real Thing” all showcase this nostalgic vibe properly. By providing the soulful instrumentals, it allows G. Rap to do what he does best with no distractions.

Taking his vintage style and flipping it in 2011 is quite a feat, one G. Rap does with ease. It is that seemingly effortless greatness that has followed him for years and it is why he’s been one of the game’s most influential figures. On Riches, Royalty & Respect’s drive down Memory Lane, G. Rap proves that along with riches, this culture’s royalty deserve our respect.

Purchase Riches, Royalty & Respect by Kool G Rap

69 Comments

  • Anonymous

    This is real hip hop music. Not that faggot metrosexual Young Money shit out there. G Rap is your favorite rapper's rapper.

  • playback

    This is so good I brought the album on itunes today instead of looking for a torrent file to download. 5/5 XXXXX star 1. For still having the skills @ 43 star 2. Not changing his style to HIP POP star 3. Lyrical delivery sick (multisyllabic rhyming) star 4. Beats have much soul star 5. Keeping it HIP HOP in 2011! THANKS KGR

  • Anonymous

    now nas needs a come up album for 2011

  • ark

    Dope, but I gotta admit, the production could be better.

  • hip hop resurected

    This site is fuckin retarded, yall give big sean a 4 and a legend in the rap game a 3.5, smh, i fuckin hate this pop no lyric bullshit thats comin out nowadays, much respect to all the real hip hop out there, like this album 5/5

  • ShowTime NY

    Take this from someone who can spit.. G. Rap sounds hungry. Im not in G. Raps Circle but ImO This is flawless execution of what this Album was intended to be. Intelligent Street rap with Impressive lyrics word play and flow. It has a Nostalgic Feeling but sounds like it was made right now. Everything is Stream lined. Once He sets the Bar he never drops the ball. No Glossy Production.. Or a Bunch Of Features. The man Just reminds why he is Respect by Raps Best Lyricist with wit, street knowledge, word play, Advanced Rhyme structure and Vintage G Rap Attitude. Point Blank . Dude is still Nice. I even like the Mastering on this.. Play this in the Whip and you will be in a thugs NY state of Mind. soundclick.com/showtimeny

  • Christian Schicke

    Fuck that idiot who is callin himself mceiht!

  • Prevster

    Crazy how he flips his flow, style is still al multi's and pretty dense, but the flow and the use of his voice softened a bit making it more melodic and more 'now'.. Nice

  • Anonymous

    3.5/5?.. now dx, shut the fuck up.

  • Legendary G Rap, Illest Lyricist of All Times

    Legendary kool muthafuckin shit! Still bangin!!

  • Brian Mummert

    wasn't really feelin' it after the first listen - but after listening to it a couple times i'm really feelin' it. now i will say this - his lyrics on this album are the weakest lyrics i ever heard from Kool G Rap - they aren't wack, but they are no where close to 4,5,6 or any of the kool g rap & dj polo albums or his other solo albums. also some of the beats are very mediocre. The album is still lightyears better than 95% of the shit that is considered hot right now.

  • david J. Burroughs II

    nice

  • Obi Patrick

    real good album

  • Anonymous

    sorry typo the whole album

  • Anonymous

    nope the hole album doesnt compare to songs like the streets lyrically

  • HIPHOPSALES

    EDO G'S NEW ALBUM A FACE IN THE CROWD IS BETTER T HAN KOOL G RAPS NEW SHIT . EDO G - A FACE IN THE CROWD = FIRE

  • Anonymous

    Average at best? You gotta be out of your mind. It's a solid album.

  • Mr Clean

    FFFIIIIIIYYYYAAAHHHHH!!!!!! wat a purchace,

  • The B

    Way better THAN wayne & the rest of these little faggots out here. My bad on the typo.

  • The B

    Name 1 muthafucka from the 80s besides KRS-ONE that's still puttin out heat like this. Way better that wayne and the rest of these little faggots out here today. Kool G. Rap is and most likely will remain the greatest lyricist ever!!!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how people would rate it if it didn't say Kool G Rap?! Props to the reviewer for having the courage to tell shit like it is. This album is mediocre at best, don't try to make it better than it is, because it's G Rap who released it. People should try to be objective. And the fact that hip hop is whack nowadays, doesn't change the fact that this album is nothing more than average.

  • Anonymous

    this album is great. god damn g rap got bars. Classic east coast hiphop. thank you. Reminds me of Roc Marcianos album last year. This is way above 3 1/2. Its like they took points away because it was the same 'ol Kool G rap. ITS AN ENTIRE ALBUM OF STREET RECORDS MOTHER FUCKERS THESE DAYS THATS RARE AS SHIT.

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  • Whooaaa

    Man to be honest i havent liked much of g raps music in a while...but this album was nutsss he actualyy sounds hungry...should be 4 stars but i give it a 5 cuz of this bullshit rating

  • milhousevanhalen

    Here, G. Rap shows why veteran emcees should still have an integral voice in our culture. ***************** best line ever.

  • kc

    it,s cool 2 know there a hip hop web site such of this

  • MCEIHTCMW8

    best hip hop album out now dope

  • eewtgwgt

    Loved this album.. My fav rapper so I may be biased though..

  • youngvito79

    Incredible wordplay!!!

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  • Alabaster Jones

    The reason this got 3.5 stars but the review was excellent, is probably pretty simple. Maybe the reviewer doesn't pick the star rating but the editor does. How do wack rappers get good reviews? By PAYING FOR ADVERTISING SPACE in these magazines/sites.

  • Robert Laryea

    this shyt is a perfect five fuck deez niggaz talkin bout???

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  • BIG FACE ITALY

    Fuck what you just read!!! this is a 4 starts atleast

  • Nico 3

    Usually when someone gives a 3 1/2 rating, yet seems to be doing nothing but praising an album, it's a sign that they're afraid to criticize the rapper because of his time in the game. An album like this is only for a certain demographic anyway.

  • cinavenom

    Listened to it again this morning. Blows my mind that DX would give Eminem's Recovery or Kanye MBDTF a better rating. I guess you can't be raw and grimy anymore. I guess you have to do some faggot pop rap like Em or Kanye to get critical acclaim. Fuck that pop rap bullshit. KGR the best to have ever done it.

    • BIG FACE ITALY

      Co-sign... Reviews like this only make me think... did hip hop as we know it die or did all the good reviewers and radio shows who shed light on the art of poetry ? Indeed its sad that people mix being pop and being hip hop these days

  • georgel

    i think they should have a rating system from 1-10 or 1-100 instead of 1-5 on here. a 3.5 isnt bad and i think people think its lower than it is because of the rating system. on a scale of 1-10 this rating would be a 7 which isnt bad its a decent album. i think the rating is fair but i never liked this guys voice, cant understand him as easily as say a rakim.

  • Eklipz'77

    I don't get this rating. The reviewer is full of praise, but it only gets 3,5 stars ????? Hiphopdx betta not fuck up the rating for the Monumental album.

    • Anonymous

      these fuckas curb sales. somebody that hasnt heard g rap in a minuite might see this review and think twice. when people need to be applauding g rap for dropping such heat this late into his career. kool g never did it for the money, nigga dropped polo for wanting to go pop. kool g knows this will get slept on, but when all the dust settles and trends die out, this album will shine.

  • Ray

    I can say as GREAT as this album is, these new dudes who listen to poppy rap/khalifa garbage or whatever, they will never see the true value of a timeless gem like this and people who use to love hip-hop won't even notice this album is out, it is pretty unfortunate how no1 really gives a fuck about good hip-hop or hip-hop anymore...if it continues this way, a few years from now shit will just die out because even commercial artists besides eminem (who I think is no good anymore or never was that crazy) are not coming out a lot anymore...hip-hop is GONE with the wind, but once in a while a rapper like g rap, edo g, vast aire, planet asia, etc. drop some serious goods for people to hear

  • grabberbythehurr

    Hmmmmmmmmmm.......... Pooptastic

  • bisquic

    There were a lot of truly shitty songs on Goblin and that scored higher than this...I'm getting kinda sick of these ratings.

  • stilL

    classic album. niggas forgot what hip hop sounds like. rich samples, hard drums, incredible rap. y'all new jacks can complain it sounds dated, but it sounds like 94. no bullshit electro beats, vintage. kool g is timeless. shame it will get slept on. but years from now, it'll be someones treasure.

    • Anonymous

      Reks album was much better, that album kept the boom bap sound in the essence but updated it's formula to make sure it doesn't sound dated. G Rap was a force not to fuck with in the early to the mid nineties but he's nothing when you compare it his older style. Reks instead knows how to rip tracks and got that rapid-fire delivery G Rap had back in the day. Plus, he talks about shit that is much more original.

    • Jess Devitt

      PREACH! my favorite album of the year so far, prob will end up being one of the top 5 albums of the year for its sub genre.

  • Anonymous

    no reason this shouldnt be a 5. theres no skips and this review gave it all praise, but then they voted on a 3 1/2.

  • Anonymous

    This album is classic - and I know what KGR is planning next. He is gonna light it up!!!

  • wild honkey

    5 outta 5 easy

  • legendary mc

    kool g is the only old school rapper thats been around since like the 80s that i really believe should be in every ones top 10 list i never really liked big daddy kane or rakim 2 much kool g was always far more lyrical 5 stars when u got styles p calling you the hardest out you gots to be the shit

  • Lol

    Great album, easily a 4 star rating, in my opinion. But HHDX love the commercial, autotune shit, so fuck it anyway. G Rap got my support, banging album.

    • Anonymous

      It ain't like this album is much better. It only got a better rating because it's G Rap, like this man couldn't release an average album. 3 would be the perfect rating for this. It's not garbage, but absolutely generic shit from a legend who's trying to bring back what has him made once so good. Beats aren't outstanding and mediocre at best, he completely forgot how to use his voice, his delivery was whack and despite some good verses, his lyrics lost their freshness.

    • Anonymous

      Well, ya gave Lil'Wayne's not a human being a 3 which was absolutely awful. What ya say about that??

    • DX Fam A Lam

      How do you figure?

  • Rap Connoisseur

    3.5 outta 5 ain't bad. Of course the album has a hell of a lot to live up to and it seems like maybe G Rap is setting the scene for something much bigger. Maybe the editor factored that in to his assessment. Who knows. But Riches, Royalty & Respect is going down as classic material in my book regardless.

  • hmmm

    Kinda low-balled this one.

  • anonymous

    Shit is definitely dope and so much worth the wait. I guess the younger crowd may not understand. Depending.

  • cinavenom

    This review makes no sense. All praise but a 3.5/5 rating? I honestly give this album 5/5 which I only probably give one or two albums a year. Every beat is amazing. G Rap shows why he can out rap anybody on earth right now on every song. The lyrics are intricate and there is purpose in everysong. Never gets repetitive. KGR best to ever do it.

    • Anonymous

      ''G Rap shows why he can out rap anybody on earth right now on every song. The lyrics are intricate and there is purpose in everysong. Never gets repetitive.'' HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA I THINK THAT HAS TO BE THE FUNNIEST STATEMENT I'VE EVER READ FOR A REVIEW ON DX. YOU'RE DELUSIONAL. THAT WAS THE CASE MAYBE 20 YEARS AGO. THIS NIGGAS FLOW IS THE DEFINITION OF LAZYNESS, IT SOUNDS LIKE HE'S FALLING ASLEEP ON EVERY TRACK, NOT TO MENTION THAT THIS NIGGAS IS OVER 40 AND RAPPING LIKE HE'S OUT THERE IN THE STREETS, SELLING DRUGS AND SHIT. NIGGA, GROW THE FUCK UP. NEVER GETS REPITITVE AHAHAHAHAHA TOO FUNNY, THE NIGGA TALKS ABOUT THE SAME SHIT ON THE MAJORITY OF THE WHOLE ALBUM. SMH THAT PEOPLE ARE SO EASY TO IMPRESS NOWADAYS THAT THEY OVERHYPING THE SHIT OUTTA SOMETHING BECAUSE THERE ARE FEW DOPE LINES HERE AND THERE.

  • anon

    so... who of the group of editors DIDN'T like the album? because you obviously did.. from your review, it's hard to see why this is a 3.5 instead of a 5

  • Alf Gang Janitor

    A good review, agree with it mostly, but I don't see any negative points so I don't see why it's not at least a 4. Ah well.