Producer: Sir Jinx, Kool G Rap
Album: Live and Let Die
Label: Cold Chillin' Records
Kool G Rap: "At this point, DJ Polo was still my man, but we weren’t as close as we were early on. We had different lives. When we did the first album, we were running partners. By the time the third album hit, the success of having hit albums was forcing me one way and forcing him another way. I already had a little family. It wasn’t about running around in the streets all the time, with Polo or anybody. It was about raising my sons and playing home base. Polo was still my DJ for shows though.
"I did the third album with Sir Jinx. There was a lot of production that I was doing, I was tapping on the buttons now. I produced the original 'On The Run,' 'Edge of Sanity,' and 'Train Robbery.' Jinx just added things on top.
When I first went out to the West Coast, I didn’t understand seeing a dude wearing hair rollers but being a straight killer. I was getting used to their culture.
"Warner Brothers connected me with Jinx. I wanted to work with him because I heard some of the production he did for Ice Cube that I thought was crazy, like ‘Once Upon A Time.’ Jinx was located on the West Coast, so I went out there to do the album. Besides, I was loving Cali anyways, I used to have fun out there. This was before the East Coast versus West Coast beef. The cats on the West Coast were showing me love. When I first went out there, I didn’t understand seeing a dude wearing hair rollers but being a straight killer. I was getting used to their culture.
"Fortunately I never got to see the violence from gang culture on the West Coast, but I met Bloods and Crips. I hung out with both sides. I didn’t know the lines of separation then. I would learn later how serious they took that shit, but at that point, I didn’t understand that dudes were really seriously beefing over colors and territory.
"I was always a writer/novelist. The first thing I wanted to do before I started rapping was to write novels. I always had the instinct to tell stories, and that’s why I’m credited for being one of the most cinematic rappers. I never had any run-ins with the mob. That song was completely my imagination. It was all the gangster movies I watch and me being creative. My favorite gangster movie is Scarface; that might be the best movie, period. They haven’t topped Scarface to this date. I’ve been wondering why they’ve never done a Scarface 2, but now I’m thinking they should just redo Scarface."