Cesare’s debut album ‘Capo Di Tutti i Capi’ is available now on all platforms
DETROIT, MI – When it comes to gangster rap, there are two types of rappers – those who have lived the life and those who are only pretenders. Cesare, however, is in a category all his own.
Born Franco Di Cesare, he grew up in a traditional Italian setting with both of his parents and two brothers … among a community with close ties to the Italian Mob. His father is from Abruzzo (Pacentro) and his mother is from Napoli, and they both taught him an appreciation for his heritage and culture. They also taught him a love for music, though he discovered hip-hop all on his own. And as his love for the genre of music grew, it only made sense that he would combine that with the stories and experiences that have come from his life lived in such close proximity to “The Family.”
He first put that fusion on display with his single “Una Cosa Di Famiglia,” which incorporated his Italian flair with the hard-hitting beats of hip-hop. He’s now ready to follow up the success of that single with a full album called “Capo Di Tutti i Capi,” which when translated to English means “Boss of all Bosses.”
“My music gives you the perspective of a real kind of gangster,” he said. “A lot of people in hip-hop talk about gangster shit and mafia shit, but they don’t really know what they’re talking about. This is about what it means to be a real Italian gangster. A lot of people don’t really know the truth about the Italian Mafia. With some of my songs I’m making fun of those rappers who try to act like they know. But in most of the songs I’m telling you about the good and bad sides of that life. I’m telling you the truth of how it really is, seen through my experiences and the things I’ve been through and done and witnessed.”
The intro to the album is called “St. Francis of Assisi.” It’s a story about a rite of passage for a “made man” in the Mob, though without intimate details. Cesare shares stories about his experiences when he was younger, but he does so in a way that is enlightening without giving too much of the family’s secrets away. It’s a delicate balance that’s reflected in most of the other songs on the album, and in many ways he said it’s an honor to the Family to be depicted through his music.
“I’m putting it out there for the Family, and trust me, I had to get the green light before I could even think about it,” Cesare said of the new album. “A lot of it they love, and most of them have the opinion that if someone is going to do this (make music about the life), then it should be someone who really knows it. With me, everything I’m rapping about is 100 percent true. A lot of the music today is really, really, really fake – there’s no real-ness to it anymore. Rick Ross is a perfect example. He talks about people with Mob names, but he has nothing to do with the Mob. Anyone who knows anything about the truth would know two things: 1. Never be seen with cops; and 2. People who can’t be part of the family include those who have a close relative in the police. Rick Ross is an ex-C.O. Sure William. Quit Lying. Mine is real. It’s the truth and it’s real and it’s authentic. I’m not making up stories, and even if I didn’t do those things myself it was all around me. It wasn’t an easy life, either, but music was always there to help me through it. It was my way to vent – whether I was happy or sad or whatever. It was how I released. I talked through my music. And now I’m sharing that with the world.”
“Capo Di Tutti i Capi” is available now on all platforms. Cesare credits a handful of people who have helped bring the album to life, including super producer Helluva (who produced five tracks on the album, including “Una Cosa Di Famiglia” and “Rain Dance”), Young Buck from G-Unit, Payroll Giovanni, Angelo, S.A. Calle Inmortal, Spit Vishiss, legendary bass player Tony “T-Money” Green, Duminie Deporres, Bizarre from D-12, Royal House, and Kehoa (an R&B singer from Atlanta who is featured on the song “For Mamma.”)
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Soundcloud: Rain Dance