52 Songs, 2 Hours, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cocaine Inc brings together the three albums that comprise Andre Nickatina’s “Cocaine Raps” trilogy: 1997’s Cocaine Raps (the rapper’s debut under his Nickatina moniker), 2000’s Daiquiri Factory and 2003’s Conversation With a Devil. Without a doubt these are Nickatina’s three most focused albums, and probably his three best. On each album he seemed intent on making the most of each individual song — every track has a distinct sound design, and these songs boast the most imaginative rhymes of Nickatina’s career. With these releases he proved he could embody the entire range of the sonic spectrum, as well as the emotional spectrum. He effortlessly transitions between dangerous emotional states, from rage to paranoia to whimsy. “Dice of Life (The Bottle)” is representative of Nickatina’s singular greatness. Over a beat comprised of an Irish hammered dulcimer, the rapper delivers a melodic rumination that is as bizarre as it is uplifting: “Most of my homies love the bottle / Like Tyson loves Cus D'Amato / So on them days you feelin' real bad / Think of the best week that you've ever had.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cocaine Inc brings together the three albums that comprise Andre Nickatina’s “Cocaine Raps” trilogy: 1997’s Cocaine Raps (the rapper’s debut under his Nickatina moniker), 2000’s Daiquiri Factory and 2003’s Conversation With a Devil. Without a doubt these are Nickatina’s three most focused albums, and probably his three best. On each album he seemed intent on making the most of each individual song — every track has a distinct sound design, and these songs boast the most imaginative rhymes of Nickatina’s career. With these releases he proved he could embody the entire range of the sonic spectrum, as well as the emotional spectrum. He effortlessly transitions between dangerous emotional states, from rage to paranoia to whimsy. “Dice of Life (The Bottle)” is representative of Nickatina’s singular greatness. Over a beat comprised of an Irish hammered dulcimer, the rapper delivers a melodic rumination that is as bizarre as it is uplifting: “Most of my homies love the bottle / Like Tyson loves Cus D'Amato / So on them days you feelin' real bad / Think of the best week that you've ever had.”

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About Andre Nickatina

With a penchant for old-school rhymes and lo-fi beats, Andre Nickatina hails from the West Coast. He released Cocaine Raps and Raven in My Eyes simultaneously on the Dogday imprint, but it was the trilogy of 1999's Tears of a Clown and 2000's These R the Tales and Daiquiri Factory Cocaine Raps that put Nickatina on the West Coast circuit. After these releases emerged during what was highly regarded as his golden period, Nickatina followed up in 2003 with the highly ambitious CD/movie project Conversation With a Devil. ~ Rob Theakston

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