Kool G Rap embarked on a solo career at this point, releasing 4, 5, 6 (1995) on Cold Chillin'
. He released his second solo album, Roots of Evil (1998), on Illstreet Records, for Cold Chillin'
had ceased operations. The latter album was not well received, at least relative to Kool G Rap's albums on Cold Chillin'
, and the rapper took some time off to regroup. He returned in 2000 with a promising 12" EP for Rawkus
, The Streets, and then another, My Life, in 2001. Rawkus
planned to release a full-length album by Kool G Rap, The Giancana Story, in fall 2001; however, when the label was abruptly shuttered and sold to MCA Records
, the album didn't get released until over a year later, in November 2002, on Koch Records
. Following this unfortunate turn of events, Kool G Rap went the independent route, releasing a collaborative album, Click of Respect (2003), on Blaze the World Records
. Few heard that album, which was the last release by Kool G Rap for several years. It wasn't the last heard of the rapper, though, as he popped up on guest features now and then, most memorably alongside Big Daddy Kane
on both the Roots
' "Boom!" and UGK
's "Next Up." He became more active on the album and mixtape front, releasing Dead or Alive (2006), Half a Klip (2007), The Veteran (2008), and Riches, Royalty & Respect (2011). In 2013, Kool G Rap released a collaborative project with underground rapper Necro
, Once Upon a Crime, under the name the Godfathers. In 2017, the rapper returned to duty with Return of the Don, an album produced by Canadian DJ Moss
and featuring guest appearances by Raekwon
, Sean Price
, and more. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi