It has been said that satisfaction is the death of desire, which is why Boston based rapper/actor Slaine remains ambitious. When most people are content to relishing in critical acclaim and fame, Slaine thumbs his nose at notoriety, as he continues to knock out artistic endeavors one after another as both an emcee and actor. Known for spitting his grimy rhymes as a member of rap super group La Coka Nostra, Slaine has returned proudly waving the flag for the Boston hip-hop scene with the release of his sophomore album, "The Boston Project". The album is not only an ode to the city of Boston, but also an opportunity for Slaine to pay tribute to the music scene that spawned him.
"This album is my way of giving a little bit back to the city that I love and that has given so much to me over the years," said Slaine. "When most people think of Boston, hip-hop usually isn't the first thing that comes to mind, but the level of talent that is coming out of this city is insane. I wanted to create a record that highlights what this city has to offer musically and show how diverse the talent is. This record embodies something much larger than just a Slaine record."
Boston is bastion of culture, education and has been home to tremendous number of pioneers that have forever altered the course of history with their inventions and ideas. The city limits has been home to trailblazers like Malcolm X, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams and Jack Kerouac, JFK and Dennis Lehane among those other names. While these pioneers have always called the city home, Boston is also known for its segregated neighborhoods and colloquialism which has made it difficult for the hip-hop scene to gain the necessary momentum to bring it to prominence nationally.
"The Boston Project" is a tribute to the beauty and history to one of the greatest cities in the country. To aid him in his creative endeavor, Slaine enlisted the help of some of the city's top talents to work with him on "The Boston Project". The emcee worked with Boston based producer Lu Balz to put the album together and collaborated with Beantown alumni Termanology, Reks, Esoteric, Ed O.G., Smoke Bulga, Lou Armstrong, Jaysaun, Millyz and many others. Not only is "The Boston Project" is an audio snapshot of life within the city limits, but it's also a celebration of the wealth of musical talent that the city of Boston has to offer.
Slaine's success hasn't come easy, as he's fought and clawed his way to get where he needs to be with his relentless work ethic. Rapping since the age of 9 years old, Slaine spent his early years as a club promoter to make ends meet. On the side, he began to sell drugs which eventually spiraled into a full blown addiction of his own. At the same time, Slaine's musical career began to take flight with his grimy style of street rap started making deafening noise around Boston music scene which led to packed performances around town.
Slaine's first big break came when he was introduced to Danny O'Connor of hip-hop legends House of Pain while recording at a local studio. The two instantly made a connection and began working on music together with House of Pain alumni DJ Lethal, which led to Slaine recording his now classic "The White Man is the Devil: Volume 1" mixtape. The mixtape allowed him to break out onto the national scene and begin touring around the globe. Slaine had gone from living in poverty with a drug habit to traveling the world and working with hip-hop icons such as DJ Premier, Ill Bill, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, Sean Price, Edo G, Jedi Mind Tricks, DJ Muggs, Statik Selektah, and a host of other talented acts.
From there Slaine joined back up with O'Connor and longtime friend ILL BILL to from the collective La Coka Nostra and release the critically acclaimed, "A Brand You Can Trust", which debuted at #84 on the Billboard Top 200 and #6 on the Rap charts. The album was blunt message to the masses that the group’s brand of gritty hip-hop was exactly what fans of the hip-hop fans had been waiting for.
The buzz surrounding Slaine was loud enough to draw the attention of Ben Affleck who was in town casting his directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone". Affleck had read a story on Slaine in the Boston Herald and immediately called him in to audition for the role of street thug Bubba Rogowski in the film. Slaine was perfect for the role and developed a chemistry with Affleck, who offered him a larger role as a bank robber in his next film “The Town” alongside Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), and Jon Hamm (Mad Men). From there Slaine's acting career kicked into high gear with roles on prime time television roles series ABC's Body of Proof and NBC's The Cape, and a starring role in the new feature film "Killing Them Softly" with Brad Pitt (Seven, Fight Club), James Gandolfini (Sopranos) and Ray Liotta (Goodfellas).
The city has been good to Slaine and despite his career soaring to new found heights, Boston has never left his heart. "The Boston Project" is Slaine's way of giving back just as much as he took from it while paying it forward for the next generation.
At just 18 years-old, Long Island native LBO is making a name for himself as a rising young lyricist who’s wise beyond his years. As an avid beat-boxer, LBO composed his first song at the age of ten, citing his lyrics as an ‘emotional outlet that was incomparable to the sensation of anything else.’ Since then, LBO has become accomplished and earned a following for shredding instrumentals on numerous freestyle tracks.
Man Bites Dog Records has been on a tear over the past couple years, with recent albums from MHz Legacy, Stu Bangas & Vanderslice, Copywrite, Vast Aire, and more. And with a busy year still ahead, including upcoming releases from Eddie B & Harry Fraud, Illogic & Blockhead, Roc Marciano, and others, label founder R.M.L. is first excited to release MBDR Volume 2, out today and available for free download via the label's SoundCloud.
AWAR continues to pour salt in the wounds with three of the hardest hitting NY emcees collaborating on this Alchemist street banger. This is just one more reason not to sleep on the kid, as he gears up for his future releases.
Statik Selektah "Extended Play" Features (Out June 18th)
Courtesy Matt B.
Featuring Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Raekwon, Sean Price, Mac Miller, Black Thought, Noreaga, Lecrae, Lil Fame, Styles P, Mike Posner, Termanology, Freddie Gibbs, Bun B, Joell Ortiz, Pos of De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Troy Ave, Hit-Boy & many many more.
Available June 18th on Showoff Records/Duck Down Music Inc.
Fans can catch Statik Selektah on the Beast Coastal Tour with Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era + Flatbush Zombies. Full list of dates: http://bit.ly/11kR87D.
Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Kidd Upstairs is an emerging artist that recently relocated to Los Angeles to further his career in the entertainment industry. With extensive experience as a producer, engineer, songwriter and performer, Kidd Upstairs is a quadruple threat that maintains a deeper level of creative control over his craft compared to his peers.
Meet Lorenzo Asher...you probably have heard his talents before, but just didn't know it. Having written for some of your favorite artists in the game, Lorenzo is not your average newcomer. Now, it's his turn to step out from behind the scenes as he preps his debut project.
Harlem emcee Kyle Rapps is bringing low budget multimedia visuals to a new level of griminess and fun factor. The quirky green screen-meets-photoshop platform portrayed in his videos is both artistic and hilarious, and is a welcomed departure from the fashionista and weedporn swag that the new New York scene is becoming known for.