17 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coming out of Inglewood, Calif., King Lil G has been doing his thing for a while now, independently dropping unapologetic, Mexican-centric West Coast gangsta rap and catching a little notoriety on the strength of his Dr. Dre diss track "Letter to Dre." Hot on the heels of Blue Devil Part 2 (released just three months earlier), he returns with King Enemy, a 17-track joint that showcases his slow-and-low rhyme style and sparse Cali beats as he gives love to 'Pac ("Who Shot 2Pac”), brags about staying armed 24/7 ("Roll with a Strap"), and delivers what could easily be a certifiable club banger with the addictively funky, Rakim-sampling "Make Em Clap." For straightforward Westside G rap, the King definitely delivers. He also gets surprisingly romantic on several tunes ("Midnite" and "Forget Your Boyfriend"). Don't sleep on the horn-laced "Talk About Me" or the sinister drug-war vibe of "Narco Corridos."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coming out of Inglewood, Calif., King Lil G has been doing his thing for a while now, independently dropping unapologetic, Mexican-centric West Coast gangsta rap and catching a little notoriety on the strength of his Dr. Dre diss track "Letter to Dre." Hot on the heels of Blue Devil Part 2 (released just three months earlier), he returns with King Enemy, a 17-track joint that showcases his slow-and-low rhyme style and sparse Cali beats as he gives love to 'Pac ("Who Shot 2Pac”), brags about staying armed 24/7 ("Roll with a Strap"), and delivers what could easily be a certifiable club banger with the addictively funky, Rakim-sampling "Make Em Clap." For straightforward Westside G rap, the King definitely delivers. He also gets surprisingly romantic on several tunes ("Midnite" and "Forget Your Boyfriend"). Don't sleep on the horn-laced "Talk About Me" or the sinister drug-war vibe of "Narco Corridos."

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About King Lil G

The classic sound of Latino rapper King Lil G is easily described by the title to his 2015 album -- '90s Kid -- and his allegiance to his hometown of Inglewood, California. Originally known as Lil Gangster, the rapper born Alex Gonzalez debuted his N.W.A.- and Snoop Dogg-influenced style in 2006 via the PR Records label. His 2011 effort, Blue Devil, Pt. 2, found him on the Double 9 Records imprint, the same label that released his 2012 LP King Enemy. In 2014, he landed on MIH Entertainment for the album AK47 Boyz, which featured the single "Hopeless Boy." The '90s Kid album arrived a year later and featured the single "Grow Up." In 2016, the MC turned down a major-label offer and signed with the indie imprint Del Records.

That year, he released Lost in Smoke 2, with appearances from Too $hort, Bun B, Nipsey Hussle. The mixtape Blessed by God arrived the following year. Paint the City Blue was released through Empire 47 in 2018. ~ David Jeffries

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