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NYOIL (pronounced N-Y Oil) is an American emcee from Staten Island, New York City. His name was formerly an acronym for New York's Original International Lover.[2] He has been rapping since he was 12.[3] In 1991, as Kool Kim, he released the first of two albums with Hass G as the group the U.M.C.'s.[4][5][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.[3]

The video was banned from YouTube after less than 48 hours, and attracted a large amount of media attention for its controversial content.[3][6][7] NYOIL did not give much biographical detail, refusing even to be photographed without his sunglasses on.[8] 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".[9][dead link][10][11][dead link][12][dead link] HoodTREASON was reissued by Babygrande Records in 2008.[13] NYOIL has also received acclaim for his live shows.[14]