La Coka Nostra
|La Coka Nostra|
|Labels||Suburban Noize, Uncle Howie|
|Associated acts||Snoop Dogg, House of Pain, C-Lance, Non Phixion, Special Teamz, Soul Assassins, Cypress Hill, Limp Bizkit, DJ Solo, Swollen Members, Sick Jacken, Immortal Technique, DJ Premier, Vinnie Paz|
|Past members||Big Left
Founded in late 2005 with no intention to record an album, La Coka Nostra was more a loose collective of artists connected through Danny Boy than a group. Having taken time off from rap after the break-up of House of Pain, Danny Boy took to working in video production and fashion as well as mentoring other artists. He met Slaine in Boston and, impressed with his writing, brought him to L.A. to record some tracks. Eventually it turned into more of a group effort including the former members of House of Pain and Ill Bill, as well as associates from Psycho Realm, Special Teamz and others. It was not until early 2006 that an actual line up solidified. Plans to release an album were first voiced later the same year.
In late 2008, the group signed to Suburban Noize Records and released the long delayed debut album A Brand You Can Trust on July 14, 2009. The album took so long to complete due to Danny Boy's refusal to have the members collaborate via e-mail; instead, he would gather everyone at the studio. This took time due to the recording of Ill Bill and Everlast's solo albums as well as various tours and other commitments. A Brand You Can Trust features fifteen tracks and guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Bun B, Sick Jacken, B-Real, Sen Dog, Immortal Technique, Big Left and Q-Unique. Though similar stylistically to the group's prior online releases, it features songs grounded more in reality. Subjects touched upon include politics, death, drug addiction, raising a child and terrorism.
On March 2, 2012, it was announced that Everlast would be leaving La Coka Nostra due to his daughter's medical issues.
- Ill Bill (Non Phixion MC, Current Heavy Metal Kings member)
- Slaine (current Special Teamz MC)
- DJ Lethal (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit)
- Danny Boy (House of Pain hype man)
- Past members
- Everlast (House of Pain)
- Big Left
Mixtapes and EPs
- 2009 - 100% Pure Coka (Digital EP)
- 2009 - The Audacity of Coke
- 2012 - The Maple Leaf Massacre
Appearances on other albums
- 2006 - "Fuck Tony Montana" (D.J. Mek Remix) featuring Big Left
- 2006 - "Get Outta My Way" (D.J. Mek Remix) featuring B-Real of Cypress Hill & Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm
- 2006 - "This Is War" featuring Big Left Ill Bill Is The Future Vol. 2
- 2006 - "It's A Beautiful Thing" Ill Bill Is The Future Vol. 2
- 2007 - "Where Hope Goes To Die" Black Metal
- 2007 - "Soldiers Of Fortune" (produced by Sicknature) Black Metal
- 2007 - "Get Outta My Way" featuring Big Left Black Metal
- 2007 - "Broken Pieces" featuring Jeru The Damaja Black Metal
- 2009 - "Do It" (produced by DJ Solo) Soul Assassins: Intermission
- 2009 - "Hey Young World Featuring La Coka Nostra & Heltah Skeltah" The Trojan Horse
- 2010 - "Skull & Guns" featuring Slaine & Everlast - DJ Muggs vs. Ill Bill: Kill Devil Hills
- 2015 - "The Hard Way" - "House Of Slaine"