Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - ‘Live and Let Die’ 25th Anniversary

Release date: 24th November 1992

Label: Cold Chillin’

Producers: Sir Jinx, Kool G Rap, Trackmasters

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Live and Let Die is the third and final studio album by the American hip hop duo Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, which was released November 24, 1992, on Cold Chillin’. The album features guest appearances from Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane, Scarface, and Bushwick Bill. The singles “Ill Street Blues” and “On the Run” both received consistent airplay on Yo! MTV Raps, and BET’s Rap City upon the album’s release.

Warner Bros. Records eventually refused to distribute Live and Let Die as part of its deal with Cold Chillin’ Records because of the album’s lyrical content and cover art. It is not known if a Warner Bros. catalogue number was ever assigned to the release. Live and Let Die remained out of print until it was re-released and remastered with various bonus material in August 2008 by Traffic Entertainment Group, the current owners of the Cold Chillin’ catalog. Over the years, several music critics have hailed it as an underground classic, due to Kool G Rap’s intricate lyricism, and Sir Jinx’s production.

Compared to the lyrical themes on the duo’s previous albums, this album features an even greater focus on hardcore gangsta and mafioso rap lyrics. The violence and sexual content are much more graphic than on any previous Kool G Rap & DJ Polo album. Most of the songs feature vivid stories of some sort, many of them related to organized crime (especially the singles “On the Run” and “Ill Street Blues”) and violent street crime (“Train Robbery”, “Two to the Head”). There are also sex raps (“Operation CB”, “Fuck U Man”), horrorcore stories (“Straight Jacket”, “Edge of Sanity”), and even some socio-political commentary similar to Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions (“Crime Pays”). The songs “Home Sweet Home”, “Fuck U Man”, and “Still Wanted Dead or Alive” act as sequels, respectively, to the songs “Streets of New York”, “Talk Like Sex”, and “Wanted: Dead or Alive” from the previous album.”

Additional info:

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

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