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Album Review: La Coka Nostra - 'A Brand You Can Trust'

Dated, blunt has been-rappers take one last whirl

2009 is a great year to be DJ Lethal’s accountant. Not only have his old muckers Limp Bizkit got back in the cash-laden saddle, but his other muckers, House Of Pain, are reforming for one last gimpy white-rap mission. Expanded and re-branded, Everlast, Danny Boy and Lethal have added lesser-knowns Ill Bill and Slaine to concoct the smoky hip-hop underworld of La Coka Nostra. Cypress Hill and Snoop Dogg join for one-offs, but left to their own devices La Coka can come across like The Sopranos Sing The Blues. The beats are 1991-chunky, Everlast sounds like Chris Rea when he croons, and on the likes of ‘I’m An American’ they tackle social issues with all the subtlety of a 600ft-high penis. A flava you can refuse.

Gavin Haynes

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