Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
     
 
A strong case could be made for Live and Let Die as Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's crowning achievement. Who can really say for sure if the controversy surrounding the cover artwork -- which shows the duo feeding steaks to a pair of rottweilers, in front of two noose-necked white men -- clouded a proper consensus? With across-the-board stellar production help from Sir

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A strong case could be made for Live and Let Die as Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's crowning achievement. Who can really say for sure if the controversy surrounding the cover artwork -- which shows the duo feeding steaks to a pair of rottweilers, in front of two noose-necked white men -- clouded a proper consensus? With across-the-board stellar production help from Sir Jinx and Trakmasterz, G Rap (who also produces) thrives on his no-holds-barred narratives that peaked with Wanted: Dead or Alive's "Streets of New York," but most everything on this album comes close to eclipsing that song. "Ill Street Blues" is practically a sequel to it, and it manages to use more swanky piano vamps and horn blurts without making for a desperate attempt at capitalizing on a past glory. Few tales of growing up in a life of crime hit harder than the title track, in which G Rap displays the traits -- unforced frankness, that unmistakable voice, and a flow that drags you involuntarily along -- that made him a legend. The album is one story after another that draws you in without fail, and they come at you from several angles. Whether pulling off a train heist, venting sexual frustration, analyzing his psychosis, or lording over the streets, G Rap is a pro at holding a captive audience. All die-hard East Coast rap fans, especially followers of the Notorious B.I.G., owe it to themselves to get real familiar with this album and the two that predated it. If you were to take this duo's best five songs away from them, they'd still be one of the top duos rap music has ever seen.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/1992
Label:
Cold Chillin Records
UPC:
0754647500125
catalogNumber:
5001

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo   Primary Artist
Big Daddy Kane   Track Performer
Ice Cube   Track Performer
Scarface   Track Performer
Bushwick Bill   Track Performer
Big Mike   Background Vocals
Stoker   Background Vocals
Jinx   Background Vocals
Mike B.   Background Vocals
Barbara Ann Aquirre   Background Vocals
Polo   Background Vocals
Big Mac   Background Vocals
Diz   Background Vocals
Little Anthony   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steven Ett   Engineer
Jay Lean   Engineer
Kool G Rap   Producer
Stoker   Engineer
Jeff Toone   Engineer
Jason White   Contributor,Instrumentation
Tyrone Williams   Executive Producer
Jinx   Producer
Jamie Seyberth   Engineer
Darryl Dubson   Engineer
Marilyn Hawkridge   Contributor,Retouching
Nick Daniels   Instrumentation
Trakmasterz   Producer
Johnny Rodgers   Instrumentation
Chris Conway   Engineer
David Foreman   Contributor,Instrumentation

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