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An Alternative to the Dead End Life of Cosa Nostra

I see a trend -- probably years later than other people have. But I am thinking that Italian hip hop, as I have written about in my posts about Gfella, serves another purpose than the obvious in that it offers young ambitious Italian men an alternative to the dead-end life of Cosa Nostra. Other ethnic groups have also turned to music --- as well as sports, writing, business (legit!) -- as a way to rise from the streets without having to carry a pistol and taking a lifetime oath to become cannon fodder if the times require it.

So I decided I will promote Italian rappers, on an occasional basis, as it is clearly not my forte, nor the core focus of this site.

Today, Tony Testa... If the name "Testa" doesn't mean anything to you, start googling, my friend, or read his Facebook bio beneath the video.

Here is one of Tony's latest...

Here is Tony's bio, as written on his Facebook page:

Don't sleep. Don't even blink...

Born into the notorious Testa family of Canarsie, Brooklyn. Tony Testa, born Anthony Testa Jr., is the son of Anthony Testa Sr. and the godson of Joseph Carmine Testa. By age twelve tony had witnesed first hand the cold and brutal realities of the world when his family was dismantled. His uncle joey was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, being prosecuted by Rudy Giuliani on the infamous commissions case, where all the heads of the Mafia were brought to trial.
Four months later tony would lose three more uncles. Michael Testa would die of an overdose at the tender age of 27, while Patty Testa, his closest uncle, was brutally murdered at the age of 31. All of this with the added anger from his mother suffering from cancer fueled Tonys fire.
Born into a life of sin, tony has released unheard music that has set the streets on fire. With backing from Rakit records and deals ranging from interscope to def jam, Tony has decided to sit back and let it bubble. Without further adieu rakit records gives u I am Tony Testa