(By: C. Vernon Coleman II for XXLmag.com)
MoSS provides a simple yet soothing horn loop, combined with a steady drum kick as a canvas for the rappers to paint pictures on. Kool G and The Chef lay down the law, dropping opulent bars with the ease of seasoned vets.
Return of the Don, Kool G’s first solo album since 2011’s Riches, Royalty, Respect, features 11 tracks with guest appearances by Raekwon, Cormega, Willie The Kid, Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn and the late Sean Price. The project is produced entirely by MoSS.
Kool G definitely has the hunger for more. “What motivates me to get in the studio is really being in that creative zone that you cannot just enter on demand,” he recently said in a statement. “It is more like an extremely powerful vibe that overcomes you. It’s triggered by hearing a particular track, or being inspired by another artist; or, a life experience that makes your mind and heart open up and lyrics just pour from your soul in the capacity of an avalanche. That’s what the Return of the Don represents; an amalgamation of past, present and future and a tribute to some of my most favorite spitters worldwide; this is my salute to those artists.”
The Return of the Don drops on June 2.
Listen to Kool G Rap and Raekwon’s “Out for That Life” below.