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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 (1971-04-29) April 29, 1971 (age 47)
Stapleton, New York, United States[citation needed]
Origin Staten Island, New York City
Genres Political hip hop, alternative hip hop
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 Haas G as the group the U.M.C.'s.[5][6] 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][11][12][13] 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. Archived December 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  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. Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Album Review, Hiphoplinguistics.com, July 5, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.
  12. ^ Album Review[permanent dead link], URB Magazine, June 12, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.[dead link]
  13. ^ Album Review[permanent dead link], Hiphopdefined.com, July 28, 2007. Accessed October 1, 2007.[dead link]
  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. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r1082728
  17. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r1411802

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