While it took two years for Kool G Rap to tell his latest tale, his eighth album, The Giancana Story, will finally see the light of day on November 12.
The record was originally due in 2000 (see “Kool G Rap Preparing New Album” ), but problems with his former label delayed the disc’s release. The Giancana Story features a variety of guest rappers, including Capone-N-Noreaga, Black Child, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, LES and AZ. Rap also collaborated with Michael Stipe of rock band R.E.M. Producers on The Giancana Story include DJ Premier, Buc Wild and Rockwilder.
Rap made his professional debut in 1987 as a member of Marley Marl’s Juice Crew. Two years later, he released Road to the Riches, the first of three albums with DJ Polo. Rap’s first solo album, 4, 5 ,6, was issued in 1995.
Respected for his incisive lyrics and storytelling skills, Rap has influenced various prominent rappers, including Nas, who worked with him on the 1995 song “Fast Life.”