In 2009, Z-Ro's loyal fan base expected Heroin, a two-CD set announced the previous year, but instead they got Cocaine, a one-CD version with many songs that already appeared on the mixtape Codeine. Confusing, and rumors of the rapper's difficulties with the Rap-A-Lot label top it all off, but the good news is that Cocaine is no great disappointment. It does feel a bit disjointed and perhaps cobbled together from tracks recorded for the mythological Heroin, but fans of the rapper spend enough time in the mixtape world that any semi-sensibly laid-out Z-Ro release is a step up, and Cocaine is just that. Highlights include "Quarterback," which is filled with football metaphors; the anthem "Southside" with special guest Lil' Flip; and "Can't Leave Drank Alone," which serenades the purple stuff as if it were the sweetest woman Z-Ro has ever known. In another move fans will appreciate, Z-Ro handles most of the production himself, and even if some of these tracks have already debuted on mixtapes, they sound better here with more separation and much less compression.
AllMusic Review by David Jeffries