Roots of Evil

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Roots of Evil
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 1998
1995 (Track 13 & 15)
GenreEast Coast hip hop, mafioso rap, gangsta rap
ProducerDr. Butcher
CJ Moore[2]
Kool G Rap chronology
Roots of Evil
The Giancana Story
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[1]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[6]
The Source3.5/5 stars[5]

Roots Of Evil is the second solo album by Mafioso rap artist Kool G Rap, released in 1998 by Kool G's record label, Illstreet.[7][8] It boasts two singles, "Foul Cats" and "Can't Stop the Shine," and reached #43 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album contains the first recorded appearance of Papoose.[9]


The album was recorded in Arizona, during a period of time where G. Rap was purposely avoiding New York.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Complex wrote that "G. Rap's rhymes are so richly detailed that they put you right there in the heart of the action."[2]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s) Length
1 "Intro" *Interlude* 1:43
2 "Hitman's Diary" Dr. Butcher Kool G Rap 3:43
3 "One Dark Night" Fade For Underworld Productions Kool G Rap 1:45
4 "Foul Cats" CJ Moore, Dr. Butcher Kool G Rap 3:23
5 "Tekilla Sunrise" CJ Moore, Dr. Butcher Kool G Rap 4:31
6 "At Da Wake" *Interlude* 1:10
7 "Home Sweet Funeral Home" Haji A. Jinx, Kool G Rap, Papoose 2:51
8 "Mobsta's" Fade For Underworld Productions Kool G Rap 3:18
9 "Let the Games Begin" Rich 5 Kool G Rap 3:28
10 "A Thugs Love Story (Chapter I, II, III)" CJ Moore, Dr. Butcher Kool G Rap 9:33
11 "Da Bosses Lady" A. Evans Camileone, Kool G Rap 3:54
12 "Mafioso" Rich 5 Kool G Rap 2:51
13 "Thug's Anthem" E. Thompson Johnny 2 Gunz, Kool G Rap, Pokaface 3:46
14 "Da Heat" CJ Moore, Dr. Butcher Kool G Rap 3:34
15 "Can't Stop the Shine" Kool G Rap Kool G Rap, Miss Jones 3:58
16 "Cannon Fire" Kool G Rap Kool G Rap 4:11
17 "Outro" *Interlude* 1:05
18 "Daddy Figure" Fade For Underworld Productions, J. Stank Kool G Rap 5:06


  • "Cannon Fire"
  • "Can't Stop The Shine"
  • "Da Bosses Lady"
  • "Foul Cats"
  • "Hitman's Diary"
  • "Let The Games Begin"
    • "Have Mercy on Me" by The East St. Louis Gospelettes
  • "Mobsta's"
  • "A Thug's Love Story (Chapter I, II, III)"

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Foul Cats"
  • Released: September 1, 1998
  • B-Side:
"Can't Stop the Shine"
  • Released: 1998
  • B-Side: "Thugs Anthem"


Chart (1998) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 43


  1. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 5: MUZE. p. 8.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ a b c "10 Underrated Albums by Great Rappers". Complex.
  3. ^ Roots of Evil at AllMusic
  4. ^ "Kool G. Rap :: Roots of Evil :: Down Low". RapReviews. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  5. ^ "Music: Roots Of Evil (Vinyl) by Kool G. Rap (Artist)". 2009-02-26. Archived from the original on 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 466. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ "Kool G Rap | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Kool G Rap Poised To Reclaim Throne". MTV News.
  9. ^ "Next". Vibe. Vibe Media Group. July 29, 2006 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "Kool G Rap Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.