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Slaine – The Boston Project album review

“When (Edo G) put me on like that that was dope, and I always look at Edo’s example as how I wanted to be, giving back to my city…”
-Slaine

And with that, Boston’s underground mainstay Slaine offers The Boston Project, an LP that’s primarily a vehicle for promoting up and coming artists in Beantown. After experiencing disenchantment with the music industry and contemplating retirement in recent times, Slaine has seemingly turned an eye to the future, leaving an imprint by offering an opportunity for young spitters in this unheralded city a chance.

It’s a noble idea, but the fact of the matter is this might not go as planned. Slaine can put people on, but they have to keep themselves “on”, and the majority of upstarts on here do little to differentiate themselves.

The project has elements of a compilation, but Slaine’s presence on each track is the bond that, makes it a somewhat cohesive work, and honestly saves it. If it wasn’t for Slaine this would be a hard album to listen to . The Boston Project is mostly a lyricist’s lounge effort, where MCs pass the mic and attempt to one-up the last wordsmith, but the few tracks that have substance are anchored by his presence.

He anchors a couple tracks, he sets the tone, and his voice, an odd amalgamation of Jadakiss’ rasp and Eminem’s nasally is the only one that lasts

As far as production the project is solid if not a little monotonous, but given the nature of the project that can be forgiven. The canvas is notably low on samples. Darker, resonant synths and deliberate (if redundant) drums are the trademark here. Highlights include the whirling keys on “Rats Maze” and the headnod inducing wails on “Cocaine and Whiskey”.

The sinister track “Bloodthirsty” is indicative of the overall sonic elements as well as the lack of balance that weighs this project down. Slaine opens on the track, earnestly mentioning the time when he “was drug addicted, I was stuck up in the bench with kids, I just went around the whole earth spitting sentences”. Boston upstart Phinelia and 357 take the reins next and flutter with hollow braggadocios lines and ruin a golden moment.

It’s not only that the features on this album stray from any type of focus with their writing, it’s the way they do it. Slaine is apparently trying to showcase who Boston is, but these artists all sound like they’re doing a mid 90s new york impression. No one steps up and steals the spotlight or makes themselves seem worthy of a second listen.

With painfully worn out wordplay and mindless multi’s rife through the 17 tracks, the 20 odd guests in here might want to kiss the ground Slaine walks on, because this could be the closest they ever get to another retail album.

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Madchild – Grenade Launcher video featuring Slaine from La Coka Nostra & Prevail

Madchild Releases Video For “Grenade Launcher” Featuring Slaine From La Coka Nostra; “Dope Sick” Gets Nominated For 2013 Juno Award

Madchild from Swollen Members continues to soar to new heights with his debut solo album “Dope Sick”, as the record has been nominated for a 2013 Juno Award in the category of “Rap Recording of the Year” alongside Classified, JD Era, Maestro Fresh Wes and Rich Kidd/SonReal. To celebrate Madchild’s Juno nomination he has released his video for the song “Grenade Launcher” featuring Slaine from La Coka Nostra online with XXL

Since the release of his debut solo album “Dope Sick”, Madchild from Swollen Members has refused to rest. He embarked on a sold-out Canadian tour alongside Tech N9ne, and went right back out on the road on his 40-date headlining tour across the country. This summer Madchild will join the traveling punk-rock circus known as the Vans Warped Tour alongside Mac Lethal, MC Lars, Goldfinger, Forever the Sickest Kids, Big Chocolate, The Black Dahlia Murder, and others.

Madchild is also gearing up for the release of a new Swollen Members album entitled “Beautiful Death Machine” on March 19th via Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records.Armed with their signature brand of dark, sinister, spellbinding hip-hop, Swollen Members new album sounds aggressive, confident and commands listeners attention with its in-your-face attitude.

MADCHILD TOUR DATES:

MAR 15 – Surrey, BC – Olympia Pizza

MAR 19 – Cranbrook, BC – Freindz Pub

MAR 20 – Kamloops, BC – Cactus Jacks Nightclub

MAR 21 – Nanaimo, BC – Queens Nightclub

MAR 22 – Victoria, BC – Club 9one9

MAR 23 – Maple Ridge, BC – Haney Public House

MAR 24 – Kelowna, BC – Sapphire Nightclub

MAR 26 – Lethbridge, AB – Studio 54

MAR 27 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall

MAR 28 – Grande Prairie, AB – Madhatters Liquid Lounge

MAR 29 – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub

MAR 30 – San Bernardino, CA – The NOS EVents Centre (PAID DUES 2013)

APR 03 – Regina, SK – The Owl Bar (University of Regina Campus)

APR 04 – Saskatoon, SK – The Odeon Events Centre

APR 05 – Brandon, MB – The 40

APR 06 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret

APR 11 – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe

APR 12 – Toronto, ON – Rockpile Nightclub

APR 13 – Guelph, ON – Louis on Lewis

APR 15 – Ottawa, ON – Marquee Nightclub

Jun 15 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheater

Jun 16 – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center Parking Lot

Jun 19 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Jun 20 – Pomona,CA – Pomona Fairplex

Jun 21 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex

Jun 22 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

Jun 23 – Ventura, CA- Seaside Park

Jun 26 – Las Cruces, NM – N.M.S.U. Practice Field

Jun 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Quail Run Park

Jun 28 – Las Vegas, NV – VENUE TBD

Jun 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark

Jun 30 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Jul 03 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center

Jul 05 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Jul 06 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Jul 07 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Concert Center

Jul 09 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach

Jul 10 – Washington, D.C. – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Jul 11 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

Jul 12 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

Jul 13 – New York, NY – Nassau Memorial Coliseum

Jul 14 – Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre

Jul 16 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion

Jul 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

Jul 18 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

Jul 19 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

Jul 20 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Jul 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Canterbury Park

Jul 23 – Kansas City, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

Jul 24 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St. Louis

Jul 25 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Jul 26 – Tampa, FL – Vinoy Park

Jul 27 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre

Jul 28 – Orlando, FL- Central Florida Fairgrounds

Jul 29 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Jul 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

Jul 31 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre

Aug 2 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Aug 3 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

Aug 4 – Houston, TX – Reliant Center Parking Lot

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Suburban Noize Celebrates 15 Years In Business With Anniversary Party March 30th In Orange County Featuring Performances By Kottonmouth Kings, Authority Zero, Glasses Malone, Slaine, Big B, Saint Dog, Potluck and More

Suburban Noize Celebrates 15 Years In Business With Anniversary Party March 30th In Orange County Featuring Performances By Kottonmouth Kings, Authority Zero, Glasses Malone, Slaine, Big B, Saint Dog, Potluck and More

For the past 15 years Suburban Noize Records has been waving the flag for self empowerment within the music business. The label is more than just music, it¹s a lifestyle movement that incorporates extreme music, sports, and fashion. To commemorate this momentous achievement, Suburban Noize has announced a special one night anniversary party on March 30th, 2012 at the Observatory in Orange County, CA. The show will be hosted by Sirius XM host Jason Ellis and feature performances by Suburban Noize artists including Kottonmouth Kings, Authority Zero, Glasses Malone, Slaine, Big B, Potluck, Kingspade amongst others. The show will also celebrate the classic records that the label has put out over the years and include performances by Suburban Noize alumni Dog Boy, OPM, and the return of fan favorites Judge D and original Kottonmouth Kings frontman Saint Dog. Tickets for the Suburban Noize anniversary party and special V.I.P packages are available online at http://www.subnoizestore.com/tickets-s/856.htm.

“We are looking forward to having all our artists and extended family under one roof to celebrate 15 years of doing it our way,” says label president Kevin Zinger. “We are proud of the fact that we built this as a true independent label and movement, so let’s all have a beer and celebrate together.”

Formed in 1997 by Kottonmouth Kings’ frontman Brad “Daddy X” and their manager, Kevin Zinger, Suburban Noize Records started as a grassroots movement that allowed underground artists to develop without the pressure of the major label world. After a series of independent releases the label finally secured national distribution in 2004 and quickly developed into the independent powerhouse it is today. Suburban Noize currently markets and distributes over 20 acts including Saigon, Glasses Malone, Unwritten Law, Swollen Members, Slaine from La Coka Nostra and (Hed)p.e.