Slaine “The King of Everything Else” [Album Review] (@SlainesWorld)
“The King of Everything Else”
Suburban Noize Records
Review By: Amber Bruno
Slaine is known as an American hip-hop solo artist, member of La Coka Nostra and BattleAxe Warriors, affiliated with Special Teamz and DMS, and is a fast rising movie star. His new album called ‘King of Everything Else’ via Suburban Noize Records is fun and energetically deep. The lyricism reflects in an honest way the harsh realities of life; it’s like a journal of his journey from where he was, where he is now, and where he has the potential to go in his personal and professional paths. The album title and concept stems from this Boston-based MC’s trials, tribulations, and successes. It showcases that Slaine has staying power in the music and film industry. His life is back on track, touring the world with top named musicians and making major studio films.
Slaine’s raw and raspy rhymes feature fierce flows with the following artists: Rite Hook (on four tracks), Tech N9ne, Madchild, Moroney, Jaysaun, Apathy, Bishop Lamont, ILL BILL, Checkmark, Regan Hartley, Vinnie Paz, Reks, and Termanology. Collectively, these collaborations along with the on point production by Louis Bell and Skam2’s creatively designed album cover, this record is highly recommended.
The seventeen tracks are controversial, however it is the truth of Slaine’s world. In ‘No Handout’ he flows about determination to live with love in a world of hatred. ‘Destroy Everything’ describes being knocked down to being blessed. His mission to leave a legacy like a king is clear in this track. With a funky fast beat, ‘Bobby Be Real’ suggests that one can crash from the top unless you “keep holding onto the wobbly wheel” when life isn’t easy. ‘Dot Ave’ portrays the rough roads of the streets and how it is hard to escape street life. With a boom-boom beat, ‘Back Against the Wall’ reveals how the ghosts of your past don’t have to hold you back from having a better future. ‘Dopehead’ is dark as Slaine raps about the struggles of addiction and sobriety. In the powerfully sad love song ‘Our Moment’, you can feel the pleasure and intense pain of a past beautiful relationship turned ugly.
The other ten up-tempo tracks continue to tell a resilient story about reaching for your dreams like the “making of a king”. It covers topics such as divorce and anger, social anxiety and PTSD, the influence of the Internet, neglect and poverty, and the sacrifices made to survive a rough history of haunting demons. As Slaine states, “some things are meant to be and I am meant to be king, sent here to sing”. Don’t be a ‘Hip Hop Dummy’. Go grab this album and see for yourself that there is “nothing like hip hop music!” This is the real deal.