Producer: Marley Marl
Album: Road To The Riches
Label: Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros. Records
Kool G Rap: "That was drawn a little bit from my life experience, and a little bit from made up shit. That’s what hip-hop is to me. You can’t just write strictly about your life all the time, because nobody’s life is a fucking amazing movie from beginning to end in most cases. Some people might be an exception to that. But ain’t nobody killing as many dudes as they say they’re killing in their rhymes.
Anybody that got a few dollars could go buy some drugs and stand on the corner. Being a lyricist was challenging. I came out with dudes like Rakim, KRS-one, and Big Daddy Kane. Competition was serious.
"If you’ve never dabbled in that lifestyle at all then I think it’s way out of character. But there is nothing wrong with being creative. That’s what music is and that’s what being an artist is. I’m not one of those people that hold rappers to living out their fucking rhymes. You want somebody to rap because you like the music they make, or do you want them to end up dead or go to fucking jail?
"I did work at the Key Foods store, and then we started selling crack in the Key Foods Store and outside of it. Once I started rapping though, I stopped because I knew that I didn’t want that. It wasn’t challenging for me to do that. Anybody that got a few dollars could go buy some drugs and stand on the corner. Being a lyricist was challenging. In my era you had to be nice, and I came out with dudes like Rakim, KRS-one, and Big Daddy Kane. Competition was serious.
"Saying that I 'loaned money to my dad' was an exaggeration. My pops wasn’t a drug dealer. He is deceased now. He left my mom when I was about five years old but I would see him from time to time. He divorced and remarried a total of two or three times. It wasn’t a super close relationship."