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Kool G Rap, AZ

Thu. December 5th 2013 8pm Venue (No Minors) 8pm
Cancelled $22.50
Tickets at:, Dipt, Zulu Records, Beatstreet Records
Presented by: blueprintLIVE, CO:LAB Van
Kool G Rap bio:

Nathaniel Thomas Wilson (born July 20, 1968), better known by his stage names Kool G Rap (or simply G Rap, and originallyKool Genius of Rap) is an American rapper. He hails from the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York City. He began his career in the mid-1980s as one half of the group Kool G Rap & DJ Polo and as a member of the Juice Crew. He is often cited as one of the most influential and skilled MCs of all time as he is a pioneer of mafioso rap/street/hardcore content and multisyllabic rhyming. On his album The Giancana Story, he stated that the “G” in his name stands for “Giancana” (after the mobster Sam Giancana), but on other occasions he has stated that it stands for “Genius”. He has also been cited as a major influence to some of hip-hop’s most critically acclaimed figures such as The Notorious B.I.G., Nas,Eminem and Jay-Z, as well as many underground rappers.

AZ bio:

Anthony Cruz (born March 9, 1972), better known by his stage name AZ, is a Grammy-nominated American rapper. Born in Brooklyn, he currently resides in Englewood, New Jersey. He is known for being a longtime and frequent rhyme partner of Nas, and also a member of hip-hop group The Firm alongside Nas, Foxy Brown, Cormega and Nature.

In a countdown of the 10 Most Underappreciated Rappers—Most Underrated Rappers of All Time, the editors of listed AZ as #1 on the list. He was also included on’s list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007), where he was described as “arguably the most underrated lyricist ever.”
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