Slaine reigns over the Middle East in Boston at his “King Of Everything Else” album release.

A king has his scepter and Slaine has his microphone. Slaine proved once again why he is one of Boston’s most well known hip hop artist and why he is a King in his own right. Slaine played a mix of songs featuring crowd favorites “Getting High”, “Dope Head” and “Bobby Be Real”. Slaine was joined on stage by other collaborators throughout his performance including Special Teamz and Rite Hook .

Slaine knows doors don’t open themselves. Opportunity is made, not given. A Rapper, an actor, and an all around hustler, Slaine makes his own rules as a master of many games.

Slaine grew up in Boston and has spent time in New York and Los Angeles. Slaine received recognition from with his first mix tape “The White Main Is The Devil” (white man referring to cocaine) and gained notoriety when he joined the super group La Coka Nostra (LCN). LCN include ex House of Pain members Danny Boy O’Connor and DJ Lethal along with ex Non Phixion member Ill Bill along with collaborations and guest appearances from artists like Snoop Dogg and Cyprus Hill’s B-Real. Slaine is also part Special Teams, another collaboration with Jaysuan and Edo G.

Slaine started kicking with both feet as he jumped into acting in 2007 playing the roles of Bubba Rogowski in “Gone Baby Gone” and Gloansy in “The Town” in 2010. Both feature films included songs by Slaine and one by Special Teamz.

Slaine’s songs embody the grimy underdog, the street, and people who have written off their own lives. Slaine’s writing is known to be dark and aggressive and focuses on real life demons and vices like drugs, addiction, hatred, violence, and other unsavory topics like suicide and abortion.

Although he is well known for LCN and Special Teamz, his latest release “King Of Everything Else” shows he can stand on his own. Slaine is crowned “King Of Everything Else” because he never gives up and he is always playing the game making his own way with his own rules.

Termanology (Term) is a product of the “978” from Lawrence, MA. and is a mainstay street poet rapper in the Boston hip hop scene. Term took the stage with a smooth old school ebb and flow that seemed to hypnotize the audience like an experienced snake charmer.

Term started off in 2004 attracting attention with his independently released “Out The Gate” in 2005. Term followed with “Politics As Usual” featuring the critically acclaimed “Watch How It Go Down”. Term is a true hustler and a struggle rapper always trying to make things happen. Term puts as much effort into his mix tape series “Hood Politics” as he does his studio albums. Term was known to hand out mix tapes while free styling outside record labels in New York. Term is supporting his latest “G.O.Y.A. (Guns or Yay Available)” released in 2013.

Jaysaun got his start in the 90s underground in “The Kreators”. Jaysaun continued on with Special Teamz alongside Edo G and Slaine. Jaysaun is supporting his debut “Game Of Breath” with DJ Revolution. Jaysaun leaves a little bit of himself in every song he writes giving his lyrics their own style and personality. “Simple Mathematics” was the one song where the crowd became one with everyone swaying and singing the lyrics together, bouncers and doormen included.

Masstapeace recorded their first track “Who Da Fuck Is This” in 2007. They released their first full length titled “Time 2 Make Moves” in August of 2008 followed by “Time 2 Make Mu$ic” in 2011 including a track featuring Slaine. A Masstapeace is fronted by Legendary Axe, Tyga Style, and Joey B. They shared the stage with “the man in the mask” who wears a tiger mask and wields a double sided axe on stage stirring the crowd to a circle pit. Masstapeace is working on their much anticipated third installment.

Stiz Grimey, Danny Danja, and Pause hit the stage non-stop back to back to back cutting their craft and getting the crowd worked up with instant connections and high energy performances.

Stiz Grimey hails from Chelsea, MA and is supporting his debut project “Spare Change” released February 2014 hosted by DJ Deadeye. Stiz found rap at a young age and his natural flow gives him a lyrical and musical maturity that many have taken years to achieve. Although Stiz lets things come together naturally and organically, he treats the studio as his gym where he hones his skills where he is always pushing himself to the next level.

Danny Danja grew up in Springfield, MA, where he says he was 5 minutes from the hood one way and 5 minutes from farms another way. Danny tries to stay as a true independent creating his own beats or getting beats from personal friends that have the same passion and drive he does. Danny displays introspective messages over trap or experimental beats. Danny says one of the his greatest challenges is is finding a good balance between honoring classic hip hop like Pharcyde and Talkb Kweli while still being new and innovative.

Pause grew up in Northern California and now lives in Venice, CA. Pause is getting international recognition and has had songs featured in on tv and video games with “Shouts Out” on the Showtime series ‘Ray Donovan’ and “Caroline” on the video game ‘Saints Row IV’. Pause is supporting his latest “Pacific Rose” released July 2013.

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About The Author

Bill grew up in and around Boston in Dorchester and Quincy and still lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts. A life long musician cutting his teeth in punk, hard rock, and metal he still plays and records with his band Third Knuckle. Bill has taken photos of local Boston bands for several years helping bands as a favor to other musicians and as a hobby for bands recently shooting The Cro-Mags, Comeback Kid, Anit-Nowhere League, Death Before Dishonor, Slapshot, Ignite, Guttermouth, and Sloppy Seconds. Bill shoots under BAMF Photography and started shooting & reviewing for the NRR team in early 2014.

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