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Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap go back together more than 30 years. Since the mid-1980s, these two New York City lyricists were some of the most legendary components in Marley Marl’s Juice Crew. In 1986, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo let the world hear something special with “It’s A Demo.” One year later, on the same Cold Chillin’ Records imprint, Kane followed with “Get Into It” and “Raw.”

Even within their own unit, Kane and G Rap had a legendary, amicable competition. On songs like “The Symphony,” Heads have disputed who was best, with each MC approaching the mic differently. Kane was cool-headed and smooth, while “Giancana” verses are delivered with a raspy rawness that can can run nearly breathless at times. As each act followed their singles with heralded albums, the competition continued. Kane’s catalog boasts two gold-certified albums, whereas G Rap has only made the Top 200 two times out of seven studio LPs. In the ’90s, as Kane mentored Jay Z, while G Rap was in Nas’ circle, the contrasts only furthered.

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