Boston emcee Slaine of groups Special Teamz and La Coka Nostra, who of course has also released several solo projects, has come through in 2014 to depict his and others' substance abuse, relationship problems, and general despondency in his reflective, potent solo LP, The King Of Everything Else. Slaine is once again very lyrical and rhymes with intense, unrepentant energy. He liberally pores over his mixed-up past and discusses the world events that bombarded his childhood to show how they shaped him along his path. He tackles drugs, alcohol, depression, and hopelessness and describes the dark side of the human condition for the sake of catharsis. He also raps about courting ills and particularly sex addiction. Slaine makes a very important point when he indicates that sex with women can be "the most dangerous drug in the world" for a man, unintentionally so. The rundown of guest features includes a well rounded assortment of emcees and singers: a bunch of Slaine's East Coast friends, a few others, and an exciting trio of Tech N9ne, Swollen Members' Madchild, and of course Slaine himself for "Bobby Be Real," a lively song with the sounds of cabaret big band on the beat. All in all, the production is a good fit for Slaine's personality and demeanor. It features a lot of soft strings, soft piano and the like over hard, heavy drum beats. Overall, The King Of Everything Else paints the world as random and distressing where answers are hard to find and anything can happen. From this standpoint and because of the way Slaine tells his stories and raps his bars, the album is a real tearjerker.
August 19, 2014