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|Birth name||George Carroll|
September 27, 1977 |
|Labels||Suburban Noize Records, Leedz Edutainment, Commonwealth Records, Duck Down Records|
|Associated acts||Ill Bill, La Coka Nostra(in group), Special Teamz(in group), Mr Hyde, MadChild|
George Carroll (born 1977) age 37, better known as Slaine, is an Irish-American hip hop MC and actor. He is best known for his work in the groups Special Teamz (with Edo G, Jaysaun and DJ Jayceeoh) and La Coka Nostra (with Danny Boy, Ill Bill, DJ Lethal and formerly Everlast and Big Left).
His controversial content and raspy delivery has made him both loved and hated, and his excellent word play and song making ability have made him a fast rising star. One third of the supergroup Special Teamz, Slaine represents a lifestyle and mentality seldom before scene in the genre of hip hop, and his honesty about his own sick thoughts and addictions go from manic and energetic, to dark and disturbing in a matter of seconds. The South Boston mc wreaks of street credibility and aggression and is certainly earning a loyal fanbase at a fast rate.
Slaine has appeared on several solo mixtapes and compilations, the Special Teamz album Stereotypez and La Coka Nostra's album A Brand You Can Trust. His debut solo album, A World With No Skies, saw release in August 2011, and he is also working on albums with both of his groups.
Slaine was born and raised in Dorchester Boston Massachusetts until he was 18. If you believe life is hard, yet one of the best gifts anyone can be granted, you’ll understand the journey of SLAINE. Hailing from the Dorchester, area of Massachusetts, with deep connections in South Boston, SLAINE’s youth was spent as somewhat of a gypsy, bouncing from place to place. Despite not having a normal home foundation, he aspired, like other starry eyed kids, to become a force in the entertainment industry. After Mapping out a plan to obtain his goals, SLAINE packed his bags, moved to New York City, and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts. After only seven months, an unfortunate altercation with a school employee resulted in his expulsion. The incident was a major setback that suspended his dream of becoming a film maker. On September 2, 2003 Slaine hit rock Bottom.
After years of drug abuse, Starting in HighSchool in Boston, and final 72- hour Cocaine Marathon, he was left sitting in Roxbury MA Detox shaking and Hallucinating. He was left to reflect on life that started in Dorchester MA and left him with deep roots in South Boston and Rosindale MA. After growing up somewhat as a gypsy moving around the Boston area, he moved to New York City at the age of 18 to become a filmmaker. He attended the School of Visual Arts for seven Months before being asked to leave due to a fight with an employee of the School. This incident was only weeks after as he had been inspired by watching the best Screenplay Oscar go to an up-and-coming duo of writers/Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck who created GoodWill Hunting, a film based out of ones of Slaines home town South Boston.
though his dreams as a filmakerr seem crushed at the moment, he for the first time, started going to open Mics in New York City, rapping on street corners and getting his first taste of venting through Hip Hop Music. His first love was Hip Hop music, and he spent the days and nights of his youth blasting the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Wu Tang Clan, House of Pain, Ganstarr and anything else he could get his hands on. It inspired him to rhyme. Slaine said he started writing rhmess in 1986 when he was just 9 years old But never had any forum to spit them in. Slaine would record on his boom box with a pair of headphones plugged into the microphone jack, but other than that, they were just words on a page Slaine said. New York was a different story for Slaine.
Though his dreams of becoming a filmmaker seemed crushed for the moment, he, for the first time, started going to open mics in New York City, rapping on street corners and getting his first taste of venting through hip-hop music. His first love was hip-hop music, and he spent the days and nights of his youth blasting the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Wu Tang Clan, House of Pain, Gang Starr and just about anything he could get his hands on. It inspired him to rhyme. "I started writing rhymes in 1986 when I was nine years old, but never had any forum to spit them in. I used to record on my boom box with a pair of headphones plugged into the microphone jack, but other than that they were just words on a page. New York was a different story."
After a short detour back in Boston, Slaine moved back to New York and lived in Queens where he fully immersed himself in New York City's culture. He spent his nights promoting events to make ends meet and hustling drugs while also doing them on a daily basis. At the same time, he was writing, performing, and freestyling more than ever. Eventually, he began recording and being managed by hip-hop legend MC Shan. After his relationship with Shan fizzled due to a dispute over a record deal, Slaine, now living in Brooklyn, began recording a demo in a studio operated by the Lordz of Brooklyn. It was through the Lordz of Brooklyn that Slaine was introduced to Danny Boy O'Connor of House of Pain. In 2001, 8 months before 9/11, Slaine moved back to Boston to be with his high school sweetheart who had had enough of New York City and Slaine's all night adventures.
Once back home with his girlfriend, however, things only got worse. He had returned to Boston to find many of his friends hooked on drugs. Slaine followed suit and it wasn't long before he split up with his girlfriend. "That was when the shit hit the fan. She was really the only thing holding me together at the time. I just didn't know it."
And so, after hustling and scamming and scheming and getting high, spinning in a whirlwind of violence and endless nights, hospital visits, overdoses, and watching those around him go to jail and die from the same lifestyle he was living, Slaine finally checked into the Dimock. On this day in September 2003, after a three-day bender, Slaine found himself with homeless drug addicts and realized he was no different than any of them. After one of the other patients, who had no idea that Slaine was a rapper, was trying to get under his skin with a battle rap, Slaine fired back. "I started unleashing on the poor guy with probably the best freestyle I ever spit. After that everybody in the room who was watching TV turned their attention to us. The guy started laughing and after that we were cool. I rhymed about all the things that had landed me there. Everybody had a story to tell. That was where the idea and the hunger for "The White Man is the Devil" was born. "The White Man" is a cocaine reference, not a declaration of self-hate." Slaine said he has done just about every drug. The worst drug he said he ever did was Ketamine a.k.a Special K. He said when he was 18 in New York playing video games at a buddy's house, some girl asked him if wanted a line a Ketamine. Slaine said yeah and snorted some, but after a lil bit he said he didn't even feel it. He said give me some more, then again he said he didn't feel it. He then Felt it kick in, and his friend next to him playing video games saw Slaine in coma tonic state from taking so much. Slaine said he was trying to puke the drug up but couldn't, he said he felt like he was going to die well in the influence of Ketamine. Saying the addict he is, he did Ketamine again months later. Slaine also Experimented with LSD aka Acid when he was younger. Someone offered him one hit and he said he wanted more, it was about 36 hour trip and you start to feel out of control and like your going to lose it Slaine said. Slaine did shrooms here and there because the trip was only about 6 hours. Slaine like to drink Alcohol and do Coaine together for the most part. He was doing coaine for 22 years. A lot for a bunch years then down to a gram of cocaine a day so he could drink and stay up recording. He said he was drink 2 liters of vodka a day for 20 year puking 5 times a week for all those years. Slaine said he was drunk and high on every CD he made including The King of Everything Else . This CD was made years before Slaine got sober .By age 36 slaine was in out of hospitals because of overdoses, alcoholism and his breathing was slowing down. The doctor said if you don't stop drinking and doing drugs, you will be dead in a year. Slaine has been Sober for 7 Months. He attends AA Meeting regularly.
In 2007, Slaine made his feature film debut as the drug-dealing gun runner Bubba Rogowski in the Ben Affleck-directed film Gone Baby Gone. Affleck had read an article about Slaine in the Boston Herald and called him in to read for a part; though the rapper was a relative unknown with no acting experience at that point, Affleck successfully convinced the movie's backers to let him cast Slaine. He later played Albert "Gloansy" MacGloan, a member of a Charlestown gang of bank robbers, in Affleck's second directorial effort, The Town, released in September 2010.
Both films included music by Slaine and his affiliated groups on their soundtracks. Gone Baby Gone featured Slaine's track "Nature of the Beast" and "Fallen Angelz" by Special Teamz, while The Town featured "99 Bottles" and "Run It" by Slaine. Slaine appeared in the 2012 movie Killing Them Softly, which stars Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, and Ray Liotta. He appeared in Body of Proof episode, "Missing".
Slaine began rapping at age 9, and after moving to New York as a young man, began recording while managing night clubs to make ends meet. Slaine hooked up with hip hop legend MC Shan, and through a chance recording session at the Lordz of Brooklyn studio, was introduced to Danny Boy O'Connor of House of Pain.
Later Slaine signed a production deal with DJ Lethal of House of Pain, and stayed on Danny Boy's couch while they recorded in LA for months. After returning home to South Boston, Slaine put out "The White Man is the Devil Volume 1" which was a street CD with no distribution, and he hooked up with Boston rap legends Edo G and Jaysaun to form the collective Special Teamz. Slaine gave stacks of CDs to every drug dealer he knew because he felt that it was the best way to reach people that would relate to the music, and he hustled them himself as well. Before long it seemed like the whole city had a copy of the CD, and his shows were starting to become well-attended raucous events. Special Teamz dropped a self-titled street CD after that which garnered critical acclaim while they toured Europe and performed everywhere from Italy and Germany to Amsterdam and London. In a very short time, Slaine had gone from living in poverty with a horrible drug habit to traveling the world performing, growing his fan base, and working with hip-hop icons such as DJ Premier, ILL BILL, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, The Alchemist, Edo G, Necro, Royce Da 5'9", Pete Rock, Sean Price, Buckshot, and a host of other talented artists. He also became part of the collective La Coka Nostra, which includes Slaine, Big Left, ILL BILL, formerly of Non Phixion, and all three members of House of Pain, Everlast, DJ Lethal, and Danny Boy. The group marks a return to hip-hop for the Grammy award winning blues singer Everlast, and their Myspace page currently has close to 2 million plays. The La Coka Nostra album is heavily anticipated by hip-hop heads around the world.
In 2007, Slaine released the follow-up to his heralded street CD, "The White Man is the Devil Volume 2: Citizen Caine", a sequel that begins on the third day of the bender that landed him in detox and is an abstract version of his story. Special Teamz made their debut release, "Stereotypez", on the legendary indie hip-hop label Duck Down Records. After putting his filmmaking dreams on the back burner more than a decade ago, Slaine also made his acting debut in 2007 with his portrayal of Bubba Rogowski in Ben Affleck's return to screenwriting and directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone".
Slaine's name has grown far past the streets of Boston due to the exposure he has received in publications such as The Source, XXL, Scratch Magazine, Elemental Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Herald, UK's Hip-Hop Connection Magazine, Japan's Warp Magazine, Boston Magazine, The Boston Phoenix, The Weekly Dig, The Village Voice, and many other publications and websites. He has performed all over the country from New York to LA from Miami to Las Vegas, and headlined a sold out show of 8,000 people in Switzerland with La Coka Nostra. He was nominated for a Boston Music Award in 2007, and won 4 trophies at The Mass Industry Committee's hip-hop awards in 2006, including one for Best Lyricist.
Slaine made his Debut Album Called "A World With No Skies" in 2010. Slaine's A World With No Skies is a gritty, passionate project that calls back to aggressive and dark works like DMX's It's Dark and Hell Is Hot debut. This time, the La Coka Nostra/Special Teamz member is stepping out with a national album that portrays him as more than just Boston's boy, but a voice that resonates with struggle, perseverance and the tender balance between good and evil everywhere.
Although a veteran by release standards, Slaine's name has grown immensely in the last two years. “Black Horse” is an appropo introduction, with the emcee laying out his manifesto alongside marching drums that fuel the track. Slaine bares his heart amidst a one of the LP's more sophisticated rhyme schemes. “How hard is it, how hard is it / To drip out in this mess / When my heart is just, my heart is just / Been ripped out of my chest” hears Slaine's regional dialect mesh perfectly with the deeply emotional lines. The emcee's usage of repetition at the beginning of bars puts an emphasis on just how powerful the words he’s spitting are. It’s exactly what a first track should accomplish, particularly on an album that appears to be such a big stepping out.
Slaine is able to find a balance that previous works lacked. Loaded songs like “99 Bottles” or "You” hear the extent of Slaine’s aggressive delivery, where “Ghost” and “Borrowed Time” reveal a pensive side. He moves between spitting stick up stories ("If I Shoot You") and introspective narratives ("Jumpin' Out the Window"). The latter hears Slain spit, “These are the same kids who grew up where I’m from and I love it / I persevered through everything, I just knew I’d become this / I feel the love now, it’s like I overcome all the numbness / But I paid the price for it and I’m sick to my stomach.” By the time the album nears conclusion with the standout “Borrowed Time,” Slaine seemingly wrote his autobiography. For good measure he spits “When they ask what’s fucking wrong / What’s wrong is that everything is real in these fucking songs.” The line doesn’t validate the previous 14 tracks as much as it reinforces his journey.
The album has its black sheep, such as “The Boulevard” and “Crazy” . Both songs pack a punch content, but seem out of place on the album. Throughout the project there is no shortage of quotables from Slaine, however, each guest verse seemingly takes away from his moment. For a guy who's been in the group shadows of emcees like Edo G. or Ill Bill, Slaine proves that he alone can master the ceremony. Despite the guest artists sharing a similar connection with Slaine musically, none steal his show, even for a moment. This work is clearly Slaine's best lyrical effort to date because his words live up to his energy.
The album was originally scheduled for release on October 26, 2010, and copies were actually pressed and ready for distribution when Slaine and Suburban Noize chose to hold back and substantially rework the album due to sample clearance issues. To make up for the delay, Slaine released his mixtape The Devil Never Dies at the same time the album had been expected to hit shelves.
“I spent thousands of hours creating ‘A World With No Skies’. I want it to be a vivid picture of my dreams, nightmares, and psyche. I refuse to compromise my vision for a project that means so much to me,” commented Slaine. “I have recently had some success in a way that unexpectedly put a mainstream light on me. I could give a fuck less about that kind of attention. What I do give a fuck about is maintaining the integrity of my album, so I have had to deal with sample clearance issues which caused it to be delayed until early 2011. In the meantime while I rework the album, I am giving you my new mixtape ‘The Devil Never Dies’ for free. At the end of the day fans don't give a shit about red tape nor should they, and I wanted to put out new music now. I locked myself in my studio for two weeks and this is what I came out with.” – Slaine
Slaine made The Devil Never Dies Mixtape Extremely fast, it took him 200 hours almost straight in the studio with other MCs because A World With No Skies was held off. Eventually Slaine had to take some songs of the original A World With No Skies CD and put some new joints on there calling it A World With No Skies 2.0 with same cover, but the cover is red instead.
We have been waiting a long time to review this album. After many ups and downs, frustrations and setbacks “A World With No Skies 2.0″ the debut album from Boston rapper Slaine was released yesterday. Between the original version of this album and now Slaine has released a lot of incredible music be it as a mixtape or collaboration with other artists. This album however is a step above all that and completes a circle of hard work, dedication and realness. “Skies 2.0″ is a honest album, a record that takes the listener on a dark journey through the mind of Slaine, what makes him tick, his childhood, his family life, what drives him and what keeps him motivated to make music as good as what is found on Skies 2.0. The opening track “Black Horses” fades in like the sound track of a horror movie and creates a very erie and uncomfortable vibe, it has a very heavy back bass line and the snare roll a military ring to it. When Slaine starts rapping the lyrics are delivered one after another in a rapid fire type delivery with emotion and angst pouring out of each and every word. Truthfully by songs end the album has already destroyed 95% of hip hop albums out there today and that was just the first track.
After the beastly first song is done we move into two tracks that are more upbeat and without a doubt songs that could really have you getting up to no good at any bar with your crew. Skies 2.0 listens like an emotional roller coaster. The music and the lyrics go back and forth from introspection to outward anger and the vibe from ruckus to mellow and dark. The one beef I have had in the past with many hip hop albums is the repetitive nature they sometimes exhibit and this is something that Slaine has completely avoided on Skies 2.0. The various topics, emotions and sounds have made for a very complex and deep album.
Slaine released his next Solo CD The King of Everything Else on August 19, 2014. With "King Of Everything Else," Slaine sticks to his brash delivery, solid production, and understated wordplay adding another album to his g bit politically correct. Lyrically, listeners aren’t likely to find songs that are more happily bitter and sardonic than “Destroy Everything.” Though the second song on the LP, it sets the rest of the album on its path more effectively than its predecessor, “No Handouts.” “Bobby Be Real” featuring Tech N9ne and Madchild is the first standout track from the project with its unusually rousing big band, up-tempo sound and creepy but beguiling wordplay between the three emcees. And “Hip Hop Dummy” is one of the darker but enjoyable songs featuring Apathy and Bishop Lamont. It brashly stomps in and pounds in the listeners’ ears with an unrelenting attitude. Slaine doesn’t merely wear the mask of or simply act like an emcee you love to hate. He reveres and revels the role, mainly because he realizes that throughout most of this project, he’s lyrically engaging, cleverly entertaining, or just plain on point. almost happy and reveling in being biting, critical, piercing and malicious. And overall, this album proves that he’s damn good at it.
Main article: Slaine discography
- A World with No Skies (2011)
- The Boston Project (2013)
- The King of Everything Else (2014)