Emerging from Seattle’s Central District and Tuscon, Arizona is a four man group named West Coasta Nostra. The group consists of Jason Terry’s younger brother Omaree A. Johnson aka Dirty O, Rob Lexing aka Rob Rollie, Lanelle Jackson aka Gangsta Nutt and Jack Anderson aka Blue The Young Vet. When asked the definition of the name “West Coasta Nostra”, the group describes how their different neighborhoods are coming together as a family to make the entire West Coast ”our thing”. Dirty O, Rob Rollie and Gangsta Nutt are Seattle natives while Blue The Young Vet originates from Tuscon, where he met Jason Terry through mutual friends while JT was a student at the University of Arizona.
The group came together with the help of Tha Reason Records CEO, Dallas Maverick point guard, Seattle native, Jason Terry. As a group, West Coasta Nostra epitomizes original West Coast rap. However, each artist has a distinct style. For instance, Rob Rollie considers himself to be an artist that raps about what he lives, unlike many rappers in the game who live up to what they rap. He compares himself to Floyd Mayweather. “My style is unorthodox, but a guaranteed knockout”, states Rob. Gangsta Nutt’s style has been compared to Scarface. He describes his style as that of a storyteller. Nutt has been through a cold struggle. He is here to share his experiences with the world by telling stories of the life of Lanelle Jackson. The married father of four boys says he now has a purpose in life, not to spend his life in penitentiary. The Young Vet on the other hand, says that he likes to rap about subjects people don’t rap about any more. I like the conscious rappers. Those who are saying something, The Young Vet explains. All gifted and talented artists in their own right, they come together with their various musical styles revealing their originality and individual strengths whether it be creating a beat, writing choruses or just gritty street raps- collectively making their mark on the Rap music scene.
Each of the artists had been affiliated with a gang at one point in their life. This record will be the first time that members of these groups have come together peacefully and produced something really great, CEO, Jason Terry explains. “This project will show people that there are other options than that lifestyle.”West Coasta Nostra’s debut independent album, “Town Bizness” will feature productions from super producer Jazze Pha and guest appearances from David Banner & Bone Crusher. It will contain 14 tracks of Hip-Hop reflecting life in the inner city and capture their real life experiences in the hoods of Seattle and Tucson.
West Coasta Nostra is at the forefront of the new generation of not only West Coast rap, but also hip-hop as a whole. They juxtapose their personal experiences into their songs- speaking of life being incarcerated, gang banging and having a second chance in life to elevate their situations. As a group they combine deep and sharp storytelling with a flawless flow. They are taking their careers into their own hands and creating their own destinies.
2. Intro Son
3. What It Is Ft David Banner
4. Hands Up Ft Jazze Phae
5. Big Rig Ft C-Bo
6. Mad Azz Ft Bone Crusher
7. Hood To Hood
8. Down To Ride
11. Hood Is Everything
12. Bank Robbery
14. When We Come Around
West Coasta Nostra – Hood To Hood
West Coasta Nostra – Summertime