La Coka Nostra
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3.5
great

Review

by Urinetrouble USER (73 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2010 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: House Of Pain no longer representing the Irish Lifestyle? No way man!!!!!

La Coka Nostra. Bringing the cocaine and the guns to hip-hop in a more lyrical form. The group consists of mc's Everlast, Dannyboy, Slaine, Ill Bill, and D.J. Lethal. This essentially started out as House Of Pain reformed. They added two more members, and decided to become lyrical while still rapping about typical gangsta rap subjects such as cocaine, guns, money, and women. They all bring skills to the mic, but each member has their own flaws. Dannyboy never raps, Ill Bill forces his voice to sound bad, Everlast has been considered a joke for the past 12 years(but he's back now) and Slaine constantly makes references to doing cocaine. What lies here is their ability to make good beats and flow on par with that of most underground rappers. Also, the guest spots are amazing.

The beats on here can be divided into 3 categories. Typical west coast rap beats, Everlast-style folk, and minor influences of Rock music. Many of the songs have great production, its just that the folksy stuff covers most of the album and it sounds like Everlast ft. La Coka Nostra. The rest of the album does shine however. Bang Bang features a g-funk style beat with a great Snoop Dogg hook and an excellent third verse from Slaine who raps "They can blindly define me as the insomniac zombie/ Who shot ya, look at ya, you remind me of Gandhi". Everlast also brings the table here. Brujeria is another excellent track with Sick Jacken doing a Spanish chorus and each of the mc's trading off verses as fast as they can. One of the best tracks features Southern rap legend Bun B. on Choose Your Side he delivers an excellent first verse and a catchy hook over an Arabic-styled beat. (Might i add Everlast sounds at his best since the second House Of Pain album and does not suck on here.)

The best part of the album is the guest spots. From Bun B to Snoop Dogg to Immortal Technique, there's something for everyone here. Its got the mainstream appeal of snoop to the underground stylings of Big Left to something for fans of Cypress Hill and The Soul Assassins. They fit perfectly with the songs too. This album does have its fair share of problems. Ill Bill sounds like he's trying to be a white Freeway by forcibly making his voice gruff but he falls flat here. Also, La Coka Nostra could use more rap production instead of folk and rock beats, While all of the mc's are on point here and have been better than they ever have, Bad voices and mostly crap production lowers the score. A disjointed effort, but still pretty decent in and of itself.
3.5/5



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Urinetrouble
June 22nd 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my keyboard is not user friendly

klap
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2010


11772 Comments


lol that second sentence just gives me a chuckle

Digging: Violents and Monica Martin - Awake and Pretty Much Sober

Urinetrouble
June 22nd 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the cocaine make my brain so strange

O.J. Simpson
June 22nd 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I won't deny Slaine, he's good, but what is basically House of Pain plus Ill Bill is pretty eh. I liked early Everlast, but here, bleh.

Urinetrouble
June 22nd 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

except everlast raps his best in 12 years. anyone remember when he was in ice ts posse? forever everlasting was terrible

les savy fav
June 22nd 2010


1 Comments


Nice review man :thumb:

somberlain
June 22nd 2010


2121 Comments


The best part of the album is the guest spots. From Bun B to Snoop Dogg to Immortal Technique, there's something for everyone HEAR.


should be "here" good review though, Everlast is on point as are most of the guest spots

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2010


32190 Comments


^
Either that or you're missing 'to', as in "for everyone to hear"

somberlain
June 22nd 2010


2121 Comments


well you just have to make me look like I'm wrong don't you Dev?
jk, I guess it's possible but I find it highly unlikely

Urinetrouble
June 22nd 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fixed



Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2010


32190 Comments


I try my hardest sombs

somberlain
June 22nd 2010


2121 Comments


haha take that Dev! I was right

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2010


32190 Comments


*grumble grumble*

SlyJak
June 23rd 2010


68 Comments


Yeah, I'll check this out. Nice review. This site needs more independent hip hop reviews.



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