Kool G Rap
Kool G Rap

Birth name

Nathaniel Thomas Wilson

Also known as

G Rap, Kool Genius of Rap, Giancana


20 July 1968

  • Queens, New York City, U.S.


Queens, New York City, NY


Hip hop



Years active



Cold Chillin', Warner Bros., Epic Street, SME, Koch

Associated acts

Big Daddy Kane, Capone-N-Noreaga, DJ Premier, Juice Crew, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Large Professor, Marley Marl, Necro

Nathaniel Thomas Wilson (born 20 July 1968), better known by his stage name Kool G Rap, is an American rapper from 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 on 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.


Main article: Kool G Rap discography

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