The Godfathers (Kool G Rap & Necro) – Once Upon A Crime (Album Stream)
Kool G Rap’s career has had a lot of twists and turns. After three heralded albums with DJ Polo, G Rap went solo in ’94. Without Marley Marl and Large Professor, the Queens MC went for a darker sound on subsequent albums. In the late ’90s, Kool moved to Arizona with then baby-mom Karrine Steffans, and left the major label system. He signed a report seven-figure deal with Rawkus Records to follow, on an album that was never released (by the label, anyway). In the last 10 years, G Rap has perpetuated rumors that he was inking deals with both G-Unit and Maybach Music Group. Still, the Juice Crew O.G. has churned out music, alongside Wu-Tang Clan, Sway & Tech, and Gangrene, among many others.
During the time that Kool G Rap deliberately ducked the spotlight, Brooklyn’s Necro has popped up. The MC/producer who is a blood brother of Ill Bill, has produced for Non-Phixion, Cage and Raekwon, after coming up in the glory days (or gory days) of the NYC underground movement. In the years since, Necro’s built his own following through global touring and building a successful label in Psycho+Logical Recordings.
The pair linked to form The Godfathers. The Brooklyn-Queens connect (word to 3rd Bass) enjoys lispy-lyricism, simple beats, and that Horrorcore vibe that G Rap started messing with in the early ’90s, and guys like Necro took to new levels. Admittedly, this isn’t for everybody, but it’s hardcore Hip-Hop, and everybody from DJ Eclipse, to Alchemist, to Juan Epstein are paying respects to a Giancana project, and it feels as though it’s been a second since one of the MC G.O.A.T.S. grabbed the ears like this. Heads know…