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Birth name Kim Sharpton[1]
Also known as New York Oil
Kool Kim (UMC era)
Fly Guy Kool Kim (UMC era)
Born 1971 (age 40)
Stapleton, New York, US[citation needed]
Origin Staten Island, New York City
Genres Political hip-hop
Alternative rap
Occupation(s) Rapper, Social Activist, Motivational Speaker
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1991–present
Labels Petroleum Empire
Masta Mix
Associated acts The U.M.C.'s
Fantom of the Beat
Website http://www.NYOIL.com[2]

NYOIL (pronounced N-Y Oil) (born April 29, 1971) is an American emcee from Staten Island, New York City. His name was formerly an acronym for New York's Original International Lover.[3] He has been rapping since he was 12.[4] In 1991, as Kool Kim, he released the first of two albums with Hass G as the group the U.M.C.'s.[5][6][dead link] But around the same time that Nas released Hip Hop Is Dead, NYOIL put a video up on MySpace and YouTube for his song "Y'All Should All Get Lynched", which was produced by DJ Slice of The Cr8Kickers. The track calls for the lynching of a number of major-label rappers, and the video features pictures of current rap stars such as 50 Cent and Three 6 Mafia coupled with images of lynchings, slavery, and minstrelsy.[4] The video was banned from YouTube after less than 48 hours, and attracted a large amount of media attention for its controversial content.[4][7][8] NYOIL did not give much biographical detail, refusing even to be photographed without his sunglasses on.[9] NYOIL released his solo debut full-length album, HoodTREASON, on June 26, 2007. Singles from the album include "Y'All Should All Get Lynched," "Purrrfect Beat," and "Hip Hop Ya Don't Stop".[10][dead link][11][12][dead link][13][dead link] HoodTREASON was reissued by Babygrande Records in 2008.[14] NYOIL has also received acclaim for his live shows.[15]


Album information
HoodTREASON (The Warm Up Album)[16]
  • Released: June 26, 2007
    • HoodTREASON was reissued as a Deluxe 2 CD by Babygrande Records in 2008[17]
  • RIAA Certification: 25,000 Copies Sold Independently[citation needed]
  • Billboard 200 chart position: None
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: None
  • Singles: "Y'all Should All Get Lynched", ""Hip Hop Ya Don't Stop""


  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/Kool+Kim
  2. ^ "Eyewear outlet". Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  3. ^ Lynch Pin. Time Out New York, January 4, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c NYOIL on Allmusic
  5. ^ The U.M.C.'s on Allmusic
  6. ^ Interview with Kool Kim, Platform8470.com, 2006.
  7. ^ Interview Part 1. XXL, September 14, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  8. ^ Interview Part 2. XXL, September 19, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  9. ^ Rapper Calls for Rivals' Lynching in Row Over Martin Luther King's Heritage. The Guardian, January 8, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  10. ^ Hip Hop Spokesman NYOIL Drops HoodTREASON. The Open Press, June 27, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  11. ^ Album Review, Hiphoplinguistics.com, July 5, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  12. ^ Album Review, URB Magazine, June 12, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  13. ^ Album Review, Hiphopdefined.com, July 28, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  14. ^ Review of Hood Treason. SPIN, September 2008.
  15. ^ Training Camp Hip Hop Showcase Review, Pop Matters, January 30, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  16. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1082728
  17. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1411802

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