Cool C

Cool C

Real Name:
Christopher Roney
A member of Philadelphia's Hilltop Hustlers Records crew, Cool C's laid-back and stoned rhymes are best heard on the 1989 singles "I Gotta Habit" and "Glamorous Life", the latter of which liberally sampled Sheila E.'s song of the same title. His 1987 debut single gained him a good amount of attention and caught a lot of ears: "Juice Crew Dis" took aim at the New York based crew run by influential producer Marley Marl (a group that included heavyweights Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane). A pair of 1988 singles for Hilltop and City Beat landed him a contract with Atlantic, where he released his two full-length solo records, "I Gotta Habit" (1989) and "Life in the Ghetto" (1990). A couple of years later, he put his solo career aside to join C.E.B. with DJ Ultimate Eaze and Warren McGlone AKA Steady B.
In March 1997, Roney was sentenced to death for the first-degree murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Lauretha Vaird during a failed PNC Bank robbery he committed along with Warren McGlone and Ernest Mark Canty (both whom were convicted of second-degree murder). The murder occured on January 2, 1996 during the attempted bank robbery. Roney was the triggerman, while McGlone drove the getaway car. Canty held the 9mm. gun and ordered employees of the PNC bank to open the vault. Vaird, who responded to the bank’s silent alarm, was shot in the abdomen by Roney, and was the city’s first female officer to be killed in the line of duty.
He is currently an inmate at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution at Greene.
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Cool C Discography


CBMC 2 Cool C / 3-D* Cool C / 3-D* - Hilltop Hustlers (MiniAlbum) City Beat CBMC 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
7 82020-2 Cool C I Gotta Habit (Album) Atlantic 7 82020-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
7 82149-4 Cool C Life In The Ghetto (Album) Atlantic 7 82149-4 US 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HTH-001 Cool C Juice Crew Dis Hilltop Hustlers Records HTH-001 US 1987 Sell This Version
CBE 721 Cool C C Is Cool City Beat CBE 721 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CBE-1221 Cool C Down To The Grissle Hilltop Hustlers Records CBE-1221 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DMD 1430 Cool C I Gotta Habit (Remix) / Mary Go Round Atlantic DMD 1430 US 1989 Sell This Version
PR 2830 Cool C Glamorous Life (Single) Atlantic PR 2830 US 1989 Sell This Version
PRCD - 3722-2 Cool C If You Really Love Me (Maxi) Atlantic PRCD - 3722-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
PR 3506 Cool C Life In The Ghetto Atlantic Street PR 3506 US 1990 Sell This Version