News: "I Never Hit That Jay-Z [Or] Notorious B.I.G. Status"

Friday, Dec 31, 2010 1:00PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Rap veteran Kool G Rap recently updated fans on the progress of his forthcoming Riches, Royalty & Respect solo album and his legacy in the rap game.

Although he's collaborated with mainstream artists like Rick Ross and UGK, Kool G Rap has always considered himself a true underground emcee.

"[I've got verses from] just Havoc so far," G Rap said in an interview talking about his upcoming new album. "I'm waiting on Beanie [Sigel] to send something back, who's phenomenal lyrically. And I'm also trying to reach out to Vinnie Paz [for 'Scarface Snow']... Vinnie Paz got a crazy underground following. And I'm what you would consider to be a artist that ruled the underground. Because I never hit that Jay-Z status, I never hit that Notorious B.I.G. status [or] was mainstream like that. So I'm an artist that ruled the underground but recognizable to mainstream artists. And this is why I probably get the [title] 'your favorite rapper's favorite rapper.'" (Hip Hop DX)

Kool G said he specifically hopes to secure Beanie Sigel on one of the album's featured singles.

"The sh*t that I'm trying to get Beans on, it's called 'The Fix,'" G added. "'The Fix' meaning like n*ggas is craving for this and we gotta give 'em this, baby. They goin' cold turkey without us [in the game] right now. They getting stomach cramps and all that sh*t." (Hip Hop DX)

Last month, Kool G talked to SOHH about what fans can anticipate from his new album.

"This [album] is G Rap in 2010 and basically this album is about G Rap being a little more expressive than I normally do on any of my projects," G told SOHH. "So this is G Rap and pieces of G Rap and not every song is related to real life incidents, I was creative too, but this is the first album where you can find a trace of that. I got [producer] Supa Dave for a few tracks. Supa Dave did a good four or five tracks on the album. We did the collab thing on a good portion of the album." (SOHH)

While declining to pinpoint an exact release date, Kool G is looking to drop the album early next year.

"Right now, I'm aiming [to put the album out] for March," Kool G added. "I don't have a definite date yet, but I'm looking at March 2011 right now. I'm doing this as my expression of art. I'm not doing it to try and blend in with what's going on right now. This is what I do, this is my craft and this is my expression for right now. I'm not really concerned with the climate of music right now, I'm very much aware of what's going on right now in the industry." (SOHH)

Listen to Kool G Rap's "Sad" down below:

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