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*Physical CD

Raven - Cocaina Raps, Vol 1
Released 1999
18 Tracks

"Nickatina Creation" - 3:23
"Crack Raider Razor" - 3:29
"3:00 A.M." - 3:58
"Sly Stone [Interlude]" - 0:42
"The Carnival" (Ft. Lolo Swift) - 4:26
"I'm a Pisces" - 3:22
"Diamonds & Carats" - 3:03
"Gingerbread Crumbz" - 4:11
"Scent of a Woman [Filmoe Coleman Band Instrumental]" - 3:09
"88" - 3:33
"Raven" - 3:41
"Andre Nickatina" - 2:39
"Yssup" (Ft. Lolo Swift) - 3:38
"Thank of Me" - 2:47
"Cadillac [Filmoe Coleman Band Instrumental]" - 4:06
"Cobra Status" - 3:42
"Mother" - 3:36
"45 Caliber Raps" - 3:11

Raven – Cocaine Raps, Vol. 1 does the valuable service of compiling Andre Nickatina’s first two underground albums, which were originally released in such limited quantities that they started circulating for hundreds of dollars in the online auction market. Cocaine Raps, released in 1997, and Raven In My Eyes (released a few months later) were the albums that introduced the rapper’s Andre Nickatina persona, following several years during which he performed under the name Dre Dog. The songs here build on the two outstanding Dre Dog releases, but the Nickatina persona is even more raw and unhinged. Producer Nick Peace never fails to come up with singular beats, most of which would stymie even the most seasoned rapper. And yet Nickatina digs into every song with feral authority. Informed by West Coast gangster rap stylists DOC and Mac Dre, “Nickatina Creation,” “Diamonds and Carats” and “Cobra Status” are Cadillac anthems for a self-made netherworld. Even as he wrestles with forces of darkness and debasement, “3 a.m.” and “The Carnival” are almost merry, in the most disturbed sense of the word.