There is little to no opportunity for me to listen to every bit of music that’s released daily. I check through what I have sent to my email and try to hit play when I get updated about new projects via whichever mixtape media platform I’m currently rocking with and randomly hit play. I love to cook at home so that’s when I have the most time. That time really gets me to pay attention to new artists, mixes, mixtapes, playlists, etc. through a two-hour space. I just hope most of your music is dope enough to get my plays during meal prep. The second installment of the Mafioso motivation trap based Cosa Nostra 2 by Tony Cartel not only received such treatment but was played multiple times during my daily real life cook up.
Cosa Nostra 2 opens up with a real intro which isn’t crazy to me but a rare occurrence that you have to appreciate. Its led by a quote from Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed that sets up for how Cartel approaches this project: “Nothing in this World is given to you…You have to take it.” The importance of that line alone is staggering. It’s real and it’s the grand opening that artists don’t think to incorporate in rap hardly at all currently. From there Nostra 2 jumps into many different topics from moving through life with the right people, holding yourself accountable to see things done properly, life trapping legally and illegally, the struggles of doing things that need to be done and having time for family. Too many that we can all agree with. I think the tone of the album suggests drug infused lyrics but that’s where Tony challenges the public to listen and not be motivated and then wins you over with this great piece of art.
There is so much important content on this album and it comes off of Cartel effortlessly. It’s like he’s talking to you about getting to the money and having a plan so the life of trapping illegally isn’t one you need after a while. His lyrics about a former life in poverty, to trapping and then to current property owner should tell you more than enough how to handle funds and situations in life accordingly. “I was trapping out of Harvey apartments/trapped with James Bond compartments.” For those that partake in such daily engaging efforts to acquire funds fast, there is a key to keeping your stash out of the laws eye. That’s a dangerous life to continue into the later years of your life. There are things that you want like a family but then you have to decide if this is the life you want for them. Most would say no. You always want better for your seeds so you move on from that. Trap Accordingly. The fight amongst most people in this life is what Tony gives you and some steps into and says here let me help you with how to do that. That’s why we live and grow. Less is more. Tony really says so.
Besides the motivating factor of making it out of the fast life, which is very important by the way. Tony gets his flashes of brilliance and knowledge of high luxury infused with the raps too. Which in itself can also be motivating for the man just leaving his nine to five but has his own plans to own and operate a business himself. Within doing so being able to live and have the Hermes dinnerware and Tom Ford alligator envelope portfolio not only for yourself but for the team. It’s the MMM approach I would say. You have your own wants, including being able to put a select few on to what you’re doing so they can also acquire certain means that every person doesn’t have the luxury of. The objects of the world are not the most important, that’s not my point or the direction of this album. It’s the idea of put you in a position where if a Givenchy rug is what puts you ahead of a common man you can have that, but don’t let that be the end all. Work to put yourself in a position where if you want the stake in a fashion house you can have that. You can have your own fashion house. You can have your own shit. That’s what I got from this album.
The production and engineering on Cosa Nostra 2 is very good. Logic, C-Sick, 808 Mafia, Nard & B, Law Beatz, and Whoisariel all did extraordinary jobs to help put together such a cohesive project. I’m a big fan of the sound of the project just as much as lyrics and content. Everything must be in high sync to get the praise and recognition of a real-life music snob like myself. I would encourage everyone to give this album a listen, daily. It’s that good. Joints to check for would be “Had That,” “Memoirs of a Trapper,” “Lifestyle,” “Trap Chronicles,” and my favorite song right now “Made in America.”