To Thine Own Self Be True

Last updated
To Thine Own Self Be True
La Coka Nostra "To Thine Own Self Be True" cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 4, 2016 (2016-11-04) [1]
Genre Hip hop
Length44:21
Label Fat Beats Records
Producer
La Coka Nostra chronology
Masters of the Dark Arts
(2012)
To Thine Own Self Be True
(2016)

To Thine Own Self Be True is the third studio album by La Coka Nostra released on November 4, 2016, via Fat Beats Records.

Contents

Background

In 2012, La Coka Nostra released their second album, Masters of the Dark Arts. It was the group's first project without Everlast and also their most critically acclaimed project, featuring collaborations with Vinnie Paz, Sean Price and production from DJ Premier and Statik Selektah. Since their debut, the group has become known for their energetic live performances and controversial subject matter, including on To Thine Own Self Be True. "This album was created during a time of unique and individual transformation for each member of the group," Ill Bill stated. "Speaking for myself, it's been a heavy last couple of years. It's definitely the most personal record we've made under the La Coka banner and while we're still making music that's hard as fuck, there's a maturity to this latest batch of songs that makes it different from a lot of the older stuff. I notice the biggest reactions come from the songs our listeners can personally relate to and we needed to make a record like this right now, not only for the fans, but for ourselves. I got a lot off my chest on this one. Making music can be extremely therapeutic and making To Thine Own Self Be True was a rebirth and a re-ignition for me."[ citation needed ] Slaine had a similar take on the project's therapeutic value: "You don't put as many years in the game as we have without having ups and downs. We all have gone through struggle and adversity-personally and professionally. This album was recorded as I walked out of a very dark time toward a place of truth and understanding. Music has been how I feed my family, my plane ticket around the world and a place I've built real friendships; but at the very core it's a tool I use to get through life. This album is a moment in time. It is visceral and real."[ citation needed ] While DJ Lethal continues to oversee the production of To Thine Own Self Be True, the group also enlisted Statik Selektah, Marco Polo, Salam Wreck and ChumZilla (from the Demigodz) and vocal contributions from extended family members such as Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Q-Unique, Sick Jacken, SKAM2? & Rite Hook. [2]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Dark Day Road"William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor Dimant, James Victor Heinz J57 2:46
2."I Need Help" (featuring Sick Jacken)William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor Dimant, Jack GonzalezLeaf Dog3:38
3."Waging War" (featuring Rite Hook)William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor DimantThe Arcitype2:45
4."Murdered Tonight"William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor Dimant DJ Lethal 3:09
5."Stay True"William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor Dimant, Patrick Baril Statik Selektah 2:51
6."Blind" (featuring Q-Unique and Sadie Vada)William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor Dimant, Anthony Quiles Marco Polo 4:42
7."Crispy Innovators" (featuring Vinnie Paz)William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor Dimant, Vincenzo LuvineriVherbal4:06
8."Archie Bunker" (featuring Nems)William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor DimantDJ Lethal3:42
9."High Times" (featuring Sick Jacken)William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor Dimant, Jack GonzalezSalam Wreck4:12
10."America" (featuring Apathy)William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor Dimant, Chad BromleyDJ Lethal4:01
11."Now Or Never" (featuring SKAM2? and Rite Hook)William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor DimantDJ Lethal4:00
12."To Thine Own Self Be True" (featuring Rite Hook)William Braunstein, George Carroll, Daniel O'Connor, Leor DimantChumZilla4:29
Total length:44:21

Personnel

The following lists the personnel on the track: [3]

Charts

Chart (2016)Peak
position
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [4] 95
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) [5] 38

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">House of Pain</span> American hip hop group

House of Pain was an American hip hop trio that released three albums in the 1990s. The group consisted of DJ Lethal, Danny Boy, and Everlast. The group's 1992 hit single "Jump Around" reached number 3 in their native United States of America, number 6 in Ireland and number 8 in the United Kingdom. The group broke up in 1996.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">DJ Lethal</span> Latvian-American disc jockey

Leor Dimant, better known as DJ Lethal, is a Latvian-American turntablist and producer and is best known as a member of the groups House of Pain and Limp Bizkit.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Everlast</span> American rapper, singer, and songwriter (born 1969)

Erik Francis Schrody, known by his stage names Everlast and Whitey Ford, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter who was the frontman for hip hop group House of Pain. His breakthrough as a solo artist came in 1998 with his album Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, which blended rock and hip-hop and garnered him his first Grammy Award nomination for the song, "What It's Like". The album peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200 album chart, while the single peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. As of 2023, they remain his highest mainstream chart positions for an album and single respectively.

The Psycho Realm is an American hip hop group started in 1989 by brothers Sick Jacken and Big Duke from the Downtown, Pico-Union area of Los Angeles.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ill Bill</span> American rapper

William Braunstein, known by his stage name Ill Bill, is an American rapper and record producer from Brooklyn, New York City. Having gained fame in the underground hip hop group Non Phixion, Ill Bill is known for his diverse lyrics and as the producer, founder and CEO of Uncle Howie Records. His brother Ron is rapper and producer Necro.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Danny Boy (rapper)</span> American rapper

Daniel O'Connor, better known as Danny Boy or Danny Boy O'Connor, is an American rapper, art director, and the executive director of The Outsiders House Museum. O'Connor spent his childhood in New York, before moving to Los Angeles in the 1980s. In the 1990s, O'Connor co-founded the rap group House of Pain, with fellow rapper Erik Schrody (Everlast) and DJ Leor Dimant. Based on their cultural heritage they fashioned themselves as rowdy Irish-American hooligans. O'Connor played the role of art director, designing logos, branding, hype man, and co-rapper. In 1992, with the singles "Jump Around" and "Shamrocks and Shenanigans", their self-titled debut album, also known as Fine Malt Lyrics, went platinum.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Duck Down Music</span> American record label

Duck Down Music Inc is a New York City based record label, talent management, music-marketing, and consulting company founded by Drew "Dru-Ha" Friedman and Kenyatta "Buckshot" Blake in 1995. In Duck Down's 20-year existence, the company has released over 40 albums and sold more than 3 million collective copies worldwide. Home of established hip hop artists such as Boot Camp Clik, Pharoahe Monch, Black Rob, 9th Wonder, KRS-One, B-Real of Cypress Hill, The Away Team, Statik Selektah, Random Axe, Promise, David Dallas, Marco Polo, Ruste Juxx, Torae, Blue Scholars, Special Teamz and Kidz in the Hall.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Vinnie Paz</span> American rapper

Vincenzo Luviner, better known as Vinnie Paz, is an Italian-born American rapper and producer behind the Philadelphia underground hip hop group Jedi Mind Tricks. He is also the frontman of the hip hop collective Army of the Pharaohs.

La Coka Nostra is an American hip hop supergroup currently composed that of Danny Boy, Slaine, DJ Lethal, and Ill Bill. In 2004, its creation started when Danny Boy brought two young artists, Slaine and Big Left, to meet Dj Lethal his DJ from his former group House of Pain. They decided to make a group, whose name came about when O'Connor teased other members with that nickname after they had a night out. They started releasing music on MySpace.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Marco Polo (producer)</span> Canadian record producer and rapper

Marco Bruno, better known by his stage name Marco Polo, is a Canadian hip hop record producer. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he is based in New York City, New York.

<i>The Hour of Reprisal</i> 2008 studio album by Ill Bill

The Hour of Reprisal is the second solo studio album by American hip hop musician Ill Bill. It was released on September 16, 2008, via Uncle Howie Records. Featured guests on the album include Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks, H.R. and Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, Max Cavalera of Soulfly, Immortal Technique, HERO, Slaine and Everlast of La Coka Nostra, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Necro and Tech N9ne. The album was included in DJ Premier's Top 20 Albums of 2008.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Slaine (rapper)</span> American rapper

George Carroll, better known as Slaine, is an American rapper and actor. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he spent his childhood and teenage years, Carroll moved to New York City in the mid-1990s, where he adopted the moniker of Slaine and started to rap and record hip-hop. In the early 2000s, Carroll became a growing figure in the Boston hip-hop scene, releasing several mixtapes, and the LP Stereotypez (2007) with his group Special Teamz. Later, A Brand You Can Trust (2009) was released, by the rap supergroup La Coka Nostra, where Carroll is joined by Ill Bill, and House of Pain. Carroll’s first solo album A World With No Skies 2.0. (2011) peaked at 33 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums it, 22 on the Top Rap Albums, 29 on US Independent Albums, and 4 on Top Heatseekers.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jared Evan</span> American singer-songwriter

Jared Evan Siegel is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and rapper from New York. He signed to Zone 4, an imprint of Interscope Records, in 2009. He later left these labels to release two albums with producer Statik Selektah: Boom Bap & Blues (2013) and Still Blue (2014), before independently releasing his debut studio album, The Blanket Truth (2016).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Termanology</span> American rapper

Daniel Domingo Carrillo, better known by his stage name Termanology, is an American rapper and record producer. He first gained major attention with the 2006 single "Watch How It Go Down". A solo album, Politics as Usual, was released in 2008. He has made a number of collaborative albums, such as 1982 and is known also for his prolific mixtape output. He is of Puerto Rican and French descent.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Statik Selektah</span> American record producer and DJ

Patrick Owen Baril, professionally known as Statik Selektah, is an American record producer, disc jockey (DJ) and radio personality originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area. He is also the founder of Showoff Records. In 2010, he formed the hip hop group 1982, alongside American rapper Termanology. He has resided in New York City since 2004.

<i>God of the Serengeti</i> 2012 studio album by Vinnie Paz

God of the Serengeti is the second studio album by American rapper Vinnie Paz. It was released on October 22, 2012.

<i>Masters of the Dark Arts</i> 2012 studio album by La Coka Nostra

Masters of the Dark Arts is the second studio album by American hip hop supergroup La Coka Nostra. It was released on July 31, 2012 via Fat Beats Records. Production was handled by members DJ Lethal and Ill Bill, as well as C-Lance, Sicknature, Beat Butcha, DJ Premier, Jack Of All Trades, Scott "Supe" Stallone and Statik Selektah. It features guest appearances from Vinnie Paz, Sean Price, Sick Jacken, Thirstin Howl III and Big Left.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Vinnie Paz discography</span>

This is the discography of Vinnie Paz, an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

<i>Extended Play</i> (Statik Selektah album) 2013 studio album by Statik Selektah

Extended Play is the fifth studio album by East Coast hip hop producer Statik Selektah. The album was released on June 18, 2013, by Duck Down Music Inc. and Showoff Records. The album features guest appearances from Action Bronson, Tony Touch, Raekwon, Joey Badass, Black Thought, N.O.R.E., Sean Price, Mac Miller, Mike Posner, Freddie Gibbs, Prodigy, Styles P, Bun B, Hit-Boy, Joell Ortiz, Evidence, Lecrae, Talib Kweli, and Flatbush Zombies among others.

Heavy Metal Kings is an underground hip hop duo which consists of veteran rappers Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz. In 2006, Ill Bill was featured on the single "Heavy Metal Kings" by hip hop duo Jedi Mind Tricks, released through Babygrande Records. The single was released in a limited edition blue vinyl pressing, with every copy signed by group vocalist Vinnie Paz.

References

  1. "To Thine Own Self Be True by La Coka Nostra on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  2. "LA COKA NOSTRA – To Thine Own Self Be True". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  3. "La Coka Nostra – To Thine Own Self Be True (CD, Album) at Discogs". discogs.com. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  4. "Swisscharts.com – La Coka Nostra – To Thine Own Self Be True". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  5. "La Coka Nostra Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2016.