Craig Curry (born March 24, 1973), better known by his stage name Craig G, is an American rapper from Queensbridge, Queens, 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.
Craig G at Central Park in 2013
|Birth name||Craig Curry|
|Born||March 24, 1973|
|Origin||Queensbridge, Queens, New York, USA|
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". He was then signed by Atlantic Records who released two albums, in 1989 and 1991, with little promotion 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 D&D Records, This Is Now!!!, featuring collaborations with Marley Marl, DJ Premier and Da Beatminerz.
Craig G was a leading freestyle battle rapper, memorably battling Supernatural on several occasions, 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'. His battle with fellow battle rapper Supernatural was a subject of the 2005 documentary Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme.
In 2012 he released his fourth solo album Ramblings Of An Angry Old Man. He was recording an as yet to be titled E.P. With Da Beatminerz Craig G dropped his fifth LP titled I Rap & Go Home on June 3, 2016. He recently leaked music from the project online
|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||-|
|2019||OG’S (with Egreen & The WZA)||Skill to deal||-|
|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|
- 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
- Bry, David (2001) "Something in the Water", Vibe, March 2001, p. 80
- "Juice Crew". hiphop.sh. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- Birchmeier, Jason "Craig G Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-01-27
- Bush, John "This Is Now Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-01-27
- DiPasquale, Cara & Karnopp, Kris (2003) "Craig G's battle for relevance", Chicago Tribune, May 20, 2003, p. 29
- Hall, Rashaun (2003) "Words & Deeds: Now Is the Time", Billboard, June 7, 2003, p. 23, retrieved 2011-01-27
- Freestyle:The Art of Rhyme (2005)
- "Juice Crew Reunites at the A3C Hip Hop Festival", Hip-Hop Elements, March 10, 2008, retrieved 2011-01-27
- "Craig G - Okayplayer". Okayplayer. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
- Craig G "Ramblings Of An Angry Old Man" Tracklist & Release Date Archived 2012-08-28 at the Wayback Machine, HipHopDX, August 27, 2012, Retrieved on 2012-09-12.
- "Craig G & Da Beatminerz To Release A Collaborative EP". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
- Its My Turn, retrieved 2017-11-13
- "Moving Music Forward | Audiomack". www.audiomack.com. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
- "Craig-G Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved 2017-11-13.