Brand You Can Trust
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2009
I will keep this short and sweet. If you like rap music, but are tired of all the candy, bubble gum, dance invoking, childish hip hop, then this is the rap album for you. These guys are all vets of the rap game (House of Pain, Non Phixion), and they keep it hardcore, grimy, gutter, and lyrical. The core members are ILL Bill (Non-Phixion),Everlast(House of Pain,Grammy winning solo artist),and Slaine(Special Teamz).So get the damn CD, you wont be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2009
If your like me and tired of mainstream hip hop, rest assure this album puts that to rest. With 3 of the members being from the early 90s hip hop group House of Pain, along with Ill Bill, and Slaine, each member brings something new to the table on this album, making the album what it is. Its definitely worth a listen in my book...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2009
When you approach A Brand You Can Trust, you need to leave your reservations at the door. Not knowing much going into this project, I was amazed to open up the booklet to find a who's who in the hip hop scene. Ill Bill, Slaine, Everlast, DannyBoy, DJ Lethal and Big Left round out the roster, with guest spots by Sen Dog, B-Real, Snoop Dog, and plenty of other guests that makes this a showcase of hardcore hip hop.

The album rips with guitar ridden beats and ruthless variety. The album start with "Bloody Sunday" featuring Big Left and Sen Dog is a great kick off, "Choose Your Side" with great samples, "Bang Bang" is smooth with Snoop Dog on the track. Then we see a few tracks with Everlast that sound...like Everlast. "The Stain" and "Cousin of Death" are quite a departure from the rest of the album, but not an altogether unwelcome one.

In the end, La Coka Nostra is a great display of why you probably got into hip hop in the long run and is going to be on the medium rotation slot of my play list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2009
this cd is the hip hop sleeper of 2009 this cdis fire hip hop is revived with this thank god i am jammin this cd hard first cd i bought in a long time everyone does their parts flawlessly everlast is rappin harder than ever ill bill is sick slaine is just killin this cd good ol danny boy is raw they got bun b immortal tech. snoop buy this is you love hip hop this is where its at
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2009
This is a very good record...better than I expected. I was really surprised with the quality of Everlast's rhymes as he isnt so much into the rapping these days. Ill Bill kills it. Slaine is the stand out! Dude is very skilled although maybe slightly influenced by Marshal Mathers (hate him or love him, who isnt?). Anyway, this album is for sure worth a persons time and money if they enjoy real rap music.
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THIS WAS AN AWESOME ALBUM, TO START I WILL TALK ABOUT THE BEATS, THEY WERE OFF THE HOOK, MY SUBS WERE KNOCKIN THE ENTIRE ALBUM. THE PRODUCTION WAS DONE VERY WELL. THE SAMPLES WERE SICK, THE COLLABOS WERE TIGHT. ESPECIALLY THE TRACK WHICH FEATURED BUN B...IT HAD A SICK A$$ BEAT, THE TRACK WITH SNOOP ON THE HOOK WAS BAD A$$ TOO. THE LYRICAL TALENT DISPLAYED ON THIS ALBUM SPEAKS FOR ITSELF, THERE IS LITERALLY AN ALLSTAR TEAM OF RAPPERS CONTRIBUTING, I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS FOR ANY HIP HOP HEAD THATS INTO BATTLE RAP STYLE BEATS, AND HARDCORE LYRICS, NOTHING SOFT OR R+ B ON HERE, NO JAZZY BEATS, OR SOFT SAMPLES. A COUPLE OF THE HOOKS WERE SUNG BY EVERLAST, I DIDN'T LIKE THEM SO MUCH, HE KIND OF TRIES TO HARD TO SOUND SOULFUL AND HOARSED AND IT SOUNDS OVERDONE. A COUPLE OF THE ROCK BEATS DIDN'T MESH WELL THE ARTISTS STYLE EITHER, BUT ALL TOGETHER A GREAT EFFORT
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2009
This is a very tight produce album....Everlast surprised me with the lyrics (but he has always been on point with his, even the Whitey Ford jointz I dig), Ill Bill is just straight crazy with the rhymes, beats are hard-hittin'. I can honestly say that I'm feelin' this album more than the Slaughterhouse joint...them cats are good, don't get me wrong....but this offers much more variety and more "golden era" type of vibe to it. Don't sleep on this....its a banger!!
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on March 24, 2012
THis is one of the reasons why i only listen to a lot of underground hip hop because it is pure and it is not boring.this album is very pure and they keep it grimy,hardcore and very lyrical.my favorite tracks are bloody sunday,im an american,the stain,thats coke,and once apon a crime and the rest is not worth skipping.if you are tired like my self hearing popcorn rap too many times,then you should pick up this up and be sure to look out for their sophomore album comming on june 26 and trust me it will not be no jinx.
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on August 30, 2009
If you are sick of all this other so called hip hip music out there, these guys rapping bout their cars how much money make and all that non-sense then grab La coka Nostra by far best album of 2009 staright raw grimy lyrics beats are off thee hook insane and collabos wiht artist like Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm, Bun b from UGK, Sen Deg and of course Necro...BEST DAMN CD OF 2009 BUY THIS ALBUM CAUSE IF U DONT KNOW NOW U KNOW.
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on August 22, 2010
Everlast, Danny Boy, members of Cyprus Hill, and special guests come together for an allstar super rap group. This album "A Brand You Can Trust" shows how much talent and excellence these guys still have after all these years. Everlast sounds the best he has since his first solo album. Everyone else involved on the record is nothing short of professional bringing every song on this CD to a new level.
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