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Wanted: Dead or Alive
Wanted Dead or Alive
Studio album by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo

Released

14 August 1990

Recorded

1987-1990

Genre

Hip hop

Length

58:37

Label

Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros.

Producer

Anton, Biz Markie, Cool V, DJ Polo, Eric B., Kool G Rap, Large Professor, Marley Marl

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo chronology

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Road to the Riches (1989)

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Live and Let Die (1992)

Wanted: Dead or Alive is the second album by American hip hop duo Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, released in 1990 on Cold Chillin' Records. Lyrically, the album shows a greater variety of themes than their debut, from battle rap braggadocio, to topics of crime, poverty, racism ("Erase Racism"), and raunchy sex rap ("Talk Like Sex"). Perhaps most significantly, there is greater emphasis on vivid descriptions of crime and urban squalor ("Streets of New York") and references to organised crime, gang violence, contract killing and Mafia films, which helped cement Kool G Rap's reputation as the founder of mafioso rap. 

The duo, much like other members of the Juice Crew at the same time, broke off their association with past producer Marley Marl. The duo instead chose to have Eric B. produce most of the album, who then enlisted Large Professor, who ghost produced parts of the Eric B. & Rakim album Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em the same year, to produce large quantities of Wanted and let Eric take the credit.

The album received greater acclaim than most critics than their debut. The singles "Streets of New York" and "Erase Racism" received notable airplay on Yo! MTV Raps.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Streets of New York" Kool G Rap Kool G Rap, Large Professor, Anton 4:18
2. "Wanted: Dead or Alive" Kool G Rap Eric B., Kool G Rap (co.), Large Professor (co.) 4:33
3. "Money in the Bank" Kool G Rap, Large Professor, Freddie Foxxx, Ant Live Large Professor 5:00
4. "Bad to the Bone" Kool G Rap Eric B., Kool G Rap (co.), Large Professor (co.) 5:23
5. "Talk Like Sex" Kool G Rap Kool G Rap 5:23
6. "Play It Again, Polo" Kool G Rap Eric B., Kool G Rap (co.), Large Professor (co.) 4:09
7. "Erase Racism" Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie Biz Markie, Cool V (co.) 4:30
8. "Kool Is Back" Kool G Rap Eric B., Kool G Rap (co.), Large Professor (co.) 3:25
9. "Play It Kool" Kool G Rap Eric B., Kool G Rap (co.), Large Professor (co.) 4:30
10. "Death Wish" Kool G Rap Eric B., Kool G Rap (co.), Large Professor (co.) 4:04
11. "Jive Talk" Kool G Rap Anton, DJ Polo 4:36
12. "The Polo Club" Kool G Rap Anton, DJ Polo 4:01
13. "Rikers Island" Kool G Rap Marley Marl 5:33

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