It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Berner, but that’s not without reason. Back in October, the rapper-slash-cannabis guru revealed to the world that he’d been diagnosed with cancer. Undergoing a successful surgery and on the road to recovery, he’s now getting back to music with the release of his new album, GOTTI.
“Music is medicine,” Berner told Variety. “The day I found out I had cancer, I called my best friend Cozmo and told him to book a studio and produce the best body of work we have ever created from scratc. I then flew out to sit with the John Gotti family to get their blessing. I’ve been focused on Gotti and am so blessed to have had a mission to keep my mind busy while fighting cancer. I poured everything into this album energy wise.”
Coming in at 19 tracks, the album boasts a fantastic guest list with features from Nas, Jadakiss, Rick Ross, Conway the Machine, Benny the Butcher, Styles P, Future, Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, and more. There’s also some never-before-heard federal trial tapes of Gotti, that were given to Berner with permission from the the Mafia don’s family.
Press play and be sure to add GOTTI wherever you get music.