1. Oh, come on Kool G. Rap hasn't been the same since he left DJ Polo.
2. Kool G. Rap hasn't released a good album since Roots of Evil.
In response to the first statement, I disagree completely. If anything I think Kool G. Rap has gotten better as an emcee since the days of Live and Let Die (his last album with Polo), it's just that his (choice of) production has become less consistent. I think it's very difficult for emcees from the golden era to adapt to more modern, and in my opinion less organic, forms of production, but G. Rap has done a pretty good job considering he first dropped about twenty years ago. 4,5,6 and Roots of Evil are both very good albums, and although die-hard G. Rap fans were disapointed with The Giancana Story (G. Rap's most recent official LP), it's actually a really solid album with the exception of a couple production missteps and unnecessary collabos. Even on the horrid Click of Respect crew album, the only thing I can really blame Kool G. Rap for is his choice of collaborators and producers.
Sifting through the last several years of collaborations and overlooked releases, I've come up with a mix. Call it my Laptop A&R's follow up to Roots of Evil. When I started working on this mix (which was about the time I started this blog) I was working on several other things first, so I just started compiling some tracks, meanwhile grinding out my Method Man mix and Kane mix. What did I find? Kool G. Rap has a lot of material out there that's not on his solo albums. That said, I really didn't want to go the route of another all guest shot and producer's album cuts mix, so I did include a couple cuts off Giancana and Click of Respect. I also wanted the mix to have the feel of classic G. Rap music, so I included a couple older joints heads might have slept on along the way. I also tried to keep his collaborations down to artists that he either sounds good with, or who make a similar style of music. The result? Godfather Music.
10. Fight Club (Hook by Shaqueen)