Remember when Rakim destroyed Kool G Rap in a battle? No, because it never happened. Rakim wouldn’t have lived to tell about such a battle. Ra once acknowledged Big Daddy Kane and G Rap as two of the MCs he looked up to back in the day.
Here’s the exact quote: “Big up to Kane, he always kept me on my toes, and I hope vice versa. And another brother: [Kool] G Rap. Those were my measuring sticks that I measured myself with. Big up for helping me keep my sword sharp.” In other words, G Rap is your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.
I’m saying all that to say this: It’s sad that “Sad” and whatever else Kool G Rap plans to release in this age will get lumped in with the other 200,000 random songs springing up on the daily. That can’t be healthy for hip-hop or music in general. I’m not suggesting that G Rap deserves blind adulation on the strength of his legacy. No. I’m saying that he deserves it because he’s still kicking that 8-ball corner pocket rhyme. As long as he keeps going hard in the cut, I’ll continue to check for dude. G Rap and his ilk will always have a platform here until the man shuts me down.