ILL BILL, Danny Boy, Slaine, DJ Lethal, and DJ Eclipse are back for their sophomore album on Fat Beats Records. A more raw, less polished and unfriendly vibe this time around as compared to “A Brand You Can Trust”. Darker, grimier beats which influenced the direction of the lyrics and songs overall. Features production by DJ Premier, DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit/House Of Pain) & Statik Selektah. Guest appearances by Vinnie Paz & Sean Price.
“Always known for tackling controversial topic matter, the group’s sophomore project, Masters Of The Dark Arts, (release date 7-31-2012) finds them once again in torch-bearing mode, addressing subjects that most artists shy away from as ILL BILL illustrates “as conceptually and musically dark as this album appears to be, there’s also a flip side layer to it that you may not notice until you listen to it a few times. Masters Of The Dark Arts is a storm before the calm and a celebration of the good things in life that can only be achieved by walking directly into the heart of darkness and facing your inner demons head on.” While the group’s roster has been trimmed slightly due to Everlast having to leave the group (for personal reasons), La Coka Nostra returns re-invigorated and fresh off of a recently completed seventeen-city European tour which saw them rock crowds in eleven different countries “I think we approached Masters Of The Dark Arts with a chip on our shoulder and really took it back to our original mission of hardcore Hip-Hop amidst all the circus bullshit that is so prevalent in the current landscape of the genre. We are aware of the perception that somehow the group has suffered a loss we can’t recover from and in response we made an album that is the most conceptually focused and hardest hitting soundscape in the group’s history” Slaine asserts. – Matt Conaway (hiphopsite.com)
01. My Universe feat. Vinnie Paz
02. Creed Of The Greedier
04. Mind Your Business
05. Electronic Funeral feat. Sean Price
06. The Story Goes On
07. Letter To Ouisch
08. Snow Beach feat. Thirstin Howl III
09. They Eyes Of Santa Muerte feat. Sick Jacken
10. Murder World
11. Coka Kings feat. Vinnie Paz
12. 38 Revolver feat. Big Left
13. Malverde Market
14. Masters Of The Dark Arts
The album La Coka Nostra “Masters Of The Dark Arts” (Fat Beats) has been released August 3, 2012.