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Craig Curry (born March 24, 1973),[1][2] better known by his stage name Craig G, is an American rapper from Queensbridge, New York. He is perhaps best known as one of the members of hip hop producer Marley Marl's Cold Chillin' Records group the Juice Crew.[3][4]

Craig G
Craig G Central Park 2013 2013-08-17 10-23.jpg
Craig G at Central Park in 2013
Background information
Birth name Craig Curry
Born (1973-03-24) March 24, 1973 (age 44)
Origin Queensbridge, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1985–present
Labels
Associated acts

He recorded the single "Shout Rap" with Marley Marl in 1985 at 12 years old and in 1988 recorded "The Symphony (song)" with the Juice Crew, described by Allmusic as "a landmark moment in the evolution of hardcore rap".[4] He was then signed by Atlantic Records who released two albums, in 1989 and 1991, with little promotion[4] After his experience with Atlantic his career went quiet for much of the 1990s although later in the decade he regained popularity with underground rap fans. He released another album in 2003 on the D&D label, This Is Now, featuring collaborations with Marley Marl, DJ Premier, and Da Beatminerz.[4][5]

Craig G was a leading freestyle battle rapper, memorably battling Supernatural on several occasions,[6] and in the early 2000s wrote and coordinated the battle verses used by Eminem and his opponents in the film 8 Mile. The next year he wrote the character Dangerous' lyrics in 50 Cent's feature film Get Rich or Die Tryin'.[7]

In 2008, he was part of a reunited Juice Crew, performing at the A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.[8]

In 2012 he released his fourth solo album Ramblings Of An Angry Old Man.[9][10] He was recording an as yet to be titled E.P. With Da Beatminerz[11] Craig G dropped his fifth LP titled I Rap & Go Home on June 3, 2016. He recently leaked music from the project online[12][13]

Contents

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Title Label Chart position[14]
1989 The Kingpin Atlantic -
1991 Now, That's More Like It #97 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
2003 This Is Now!!! D&D Records #99 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
2006 Climate Control (with Will Pack) Redline Distribution -
2008 Operation Take Hip Hop Back (with Marley Marl) Traffic Entertainment Group -
2012 Ramblings of an Angry Old Man Soulspazm -
2016 I Rap and Go Home -

Guest appearancesEdit

Year Song Featured artist(s) Album
1988 "Droppin' Science" Marley Marl In Control, Volume 1
"The Symphony" Marley Marl, Masta Ace, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane
"Duck Alert" Marley Marl
1989 "Gotta Get Paid" Roxanne Shanté Bad Sister
1994 "Just When You Thought It Was Over (Intro)" Gravediggaz, Biz Markie, Brother Rich, King Ice, I-Roc, Don McKenzie, Ethan Ryman, Michael Preston, Tim Wright, Dave Warner, Stephanie Jackson, Chino Q, Mike G, Joyce, Robert Robinson, Mr. Sime 6 Feet Deep
"Rest In Peace (Outro)"
1996 "The Cypher: Part 3" Frankie Cutlass, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shanté Politics & Bullshit
1998 "Intense" Tommy Tee Bonds, Beats & Beliefs
2000 "We Break Bread" Chaos, Littles, Lord Black Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB's Finest
2007 "Offensive Lineup" Snowgoons German Lugers
"Talk Cheap" Tommy Tee No Studio No Time
"Brother On The Run" O.S.T.R. HollyŁódź
2009 "Lyrics?" Sadat X Brand New Bein'
"Smallest Violin" Sadat X, Jak D
2011 "Mann For Min Hatt" Gatas Parlament Dette Forandrer Alt
2015 "Ain’t Nothing Funny" Sadat X, Skyzoo Never Left
"The Kings Sent For Me (Samurydas Remix)" Canibus, Bronze Nazareth, Kurupt, Raekwon Time Flys, Life Dies...Phoenix Rise
2016 "MC Voltron" Kool Keith Feature Magnetic
2017 "Real NY City" Neek the Exotic The Neek The Exotic Experience

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hess, Mickey (2009) Hip Hop in America: a Regional Guide: Volume 1 - East Coast and West Coast, Greenwood Publishing Group, ISBN 978-0-313-34323-0, p. 55
  2. ^ Bry, David (2001) "Something in the Water", Vibe, March 2001, p. 80
  3. ^ "Juice Crew". hiphop.sh. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d Birchmeier, Jason "Craig G Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-01-27
  5. ^ Bush, John "This Is Now Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-01-27
  6. ^ DiPasquale, Cara & Karnopp, Kris (2003) "Craig G's battle for relevance", Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2003, p. 29
  7. ^ Hall, Rashaun (2003) "Words & Deeds: Now Is the Time", Billboard, June 7, 2003, p. 23, retrieved 2011-01-27
  8. ^ "Juice Crew Reunites at the A3C Hip Hop Festival", Hip-Hop Elements, March 10, 2008, retrieved 2011-01-27
  9. ^ "Craig G - Okayplayer". Okayplayer. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  10. ^ Craig G "Ramblings Of An Angry Old Man" Tracklist & Release Date, HipHopDX, August 27, 2012, Retrieved on 2012-09-12.
  11. ^ "Craig G & Da Beatminerz To Release A Collaborative EP". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  12. ^ Its My Turn, retrieved 2017-11-13 
  13. ^ "Moving Music Forward | Audiomack". www.audiomack.com. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  14. ^ "Craig-G Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 

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