Wanted: Dead or Alive [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Marley Marl remained on board, and Large Professor and Eric B. also hopped on to help produce Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's second album. With a wider range of sounds and the expansion of G Rap's lyrical range, Wanted: Dead or Alive is wholly deserving of classic status. The opening "Streets of New York" remains one of the most thrilling and unique rap singles released; the sparse rhythm, adorned with assured piano runs that complement the song to the point of almost making the song, falls somewhere between a gallop and a strut, and G Rap outlines more vivid scenes than one film could possibly contain. The track cemented Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's role as East Coast legends ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Marley Marl remained on board, and Large Professor and Eric B. also hopped on to help produce Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's second album. With a wider range of sounds and the expansion of G Rap's lyrical range, Wanted: Dead or Alive is wholly deserving of classic status. The opening "Streets of New York" remains one of the most thrilling and unique rap singles released; the sparse rhythm, adorned with assured piano runs that complement the song to the point of almost making the song, falls somewhere between a gallop and a strut, and G Rap outlines more vivid scenes than one film could possibly contain. The track cemented Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's role as East Coast legends and showed Kool G Rap's talent as an adept storyteller like nothing before or since. Likewise, "Talk Like Sex" is the nastiest, raunchiest thing he ever recorded, with "I'm pounding you down until your eyeballs pop out" acting as an exemplary claim -- as well as one of the few that is printable -- made in the song. The boasts, as ever, are in no short supply, but "Erase Racism" takes a break from the normal proceedings with guest spots from Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie. It's both funny and sobering, with Biz Markie's Three Dog Night chorus providing comic relief after each verse. Adding yet another dimension to the album, DJ Polo throws in a hip-house instrumental that avoids coming off like a throwaway. This album is only part of a major swarm of brilliant rap records from 1990, but it will never be lost in it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • Label: Traffic Ent.
  • UPC: 829357750822
  • Catalog Number: 77508

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Streets of New York (4:19)
  2. 2 Wanted: Dead or Alive (4:35)
  3. 3 Money in the Bank (4:59)
  4. 4 Bad to the Bone (5:22)
  5. 5 Talk Like Sex (5:11)
  6. 6 Play It Again, Polo (4:07)
  7. 7 Erase Racism (4:32)
  8. 8 Kool Is Back (3:26)
  9. 9 Play It Kool (4:31)
  10. 10 Death Wish (4:05)
  11. 11 Jive Talk (4:36)
  12. 12 The Polo Club (4:02)
  13. 13 Rikers Island (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo Primary Artist
Kool G Rap Indexed Contributor
Big Daddy Kane Track Performer
Technical Credits
Biz Markie Producer
Large Professor Producer
Marley Marl Producer
Benny Medina Executive Producer
Kool G Rap Producer
Tyrone Williams Executive Producer
Eric B. Producer
Cool V Producer
Anton P. Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Sophomore Slump Here!!!

    This CD is the work of some true pioneers. The one and only Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo. "Wanted: Dead Or Alive" is one of many great rap albums to be released in the year 1990. Along with Ice Cube's "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" and Public Enemy's "Fear Of A Black Planet".It is a big step forward from their debut "Road To The Riches".At least as far as subject matter goes. On that album Kool G. Rap was just basically saying battle rhymes,exept on a couple of other tracks. On this one he expands his whole range. The beats, the lyrics, the stories. Everything!!! Don't get me wrong. "Road To The Riches" is an excellent album, but this one holds up better. The best song on the album is "The Streets Of New York". It's one of the best rap songs i've ever heard. Kool G. Rap was a big influence on other New York rappers such as Notorious B.I.G. and Nas. If your thinking about buying some of his music, this CD is a good place to start.

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