Craig G (born Craig Curry) is from New York City’s Queensbridge, New York, which has spawned some of Hip Hop’s greats from Marley Marl to Nas and Mobb Deep. He is known as one of the original members of Hip Hop producer Marley Marl’s Cold Chillin’ Records group the historical Juice Crew. Craig G was a leading freestyle battle rapper, memorably battling Supernatural on several occasions and becoming the undisputed, decorated rap battle champion. In the early 2000s, he wrote and coordinated the battle verses used by Eminem’s opponents in the film 8 Mile, and penned many lyrics for 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Trying for the character Dangerous.
Who Stole The Soul? Craig starts by paying homage to his peers and influences: “I remember when Run-D.M.C., they spoke to me/ Hearing Public Enemy left so many quotes to read / X-Clan pointed me to the East, my brother / Tribe had the night on my mind like no other / Ice Cube also made me wanna kill Sam / While Jeru The Damaja pointed out the scams / Gang Starr was asking who’ll take the weight/ De La Soul wrote a song about ‘buhloone mindstates’ / Goodie Mob told ya to get out and get something / OutKast had us pressing on that elevator button / Boogie Down Productions told us loves gonna get you / Scarface was rhyming about mental health issues / The Jungle Brothers made me wanna know about Africa / N.W.A. talked about cops harassing ya / I hear most Hip-Hop now, and get nothing / The music saved my soul because it used to have substance.”