Kool G Rap

Riches, Royalty & Respect

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The production lineup for Riches, Royalty & Respect is not quite as impressive as that of 2007’s Half a Klip, which boasted DJ Premier. G Rap instead leans on beats from a assortment of up-and-comers while enlisting DJ Supa Dave, the Alchemist, and career-long associate Marley Marl. Although G Rap's flow is not as energizing as it once was -- it now packs a heft that is both considerable and measured -- he can still spin a tale, draw up a fleshed-out concept, and epitomize hardcore rap as well as any MC half his age. The rugged and more dramatic beats -- “In Too Deep,” “Sad,” and the Havoc-assisted “American Nightmare” -- bring out the best in G Rap. His mere presence is enough to carry the weaker tracks.

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