Kool & Deadly

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Kool & Deadly
Studio album by Just-Ice
Released 1987
Genre Hip-hop
Label Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records
Producer Just-Ice
Just-Ice chronology
Back to the Old School
(1986)Back to the Old School1986
Kool & Deadly
The Desolate One
(1989)The Desolate One1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Kool & Deadly (Justicizms) is the second album by old school/hardcore rapper Just-Ice, it was released in 1987, and was produced by KRS-One and Just-Ice. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums. The song "Moshitup" was the origin of the hip hop meme "Suicide, it's a suicide".


The Washington Post noted that tracks "Moshitup" and "Lyric Licking" showcase reggae rhythms but the record is predominantly "sparse hip-hop, tough and raw".[2]


In a contemporary review, The Washington Post stated that the album "has an agenda that embraces more complicated topics, but it's hardly as benevolent as [Kool Moe Dee]" and described the album as "tough and raw but not especially distinctive"[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Going Way Back" (feat. KRS-One)
  2. "The Original Gangster of Hip-Hop"
  3. "Freedom of Speech"
  4. "Moshitup" (feat. KRS-One)
  5. "Kool & Deadly"
  6. "On the Strength"
  7. "Lyric Licking"
  8. "Booga Bandit Bitch"
  9. "Freedom Of Speech ’88" (12-inch Single Edit) [added when it was released on CD].


Chart (1988) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[3] 17


  1. ^ Cartwright, Garth. "Kool & Deadly - Just-Ice | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Mark (January 17, 1988). "Achieving a Bad Rap: Beat Box Artists Talk Trash for Cash Schooly D: 'Saturday Night!' Rap Kool Moe Doe: 'How Ya Like Me Now' Just Ice: 'Kool and Deadly (Justicizms)' M.C. Shan: 'Down by Law'". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C., United States: WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post. p. 111. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved October 17, 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Just-Ice Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.