Slaine "The Boston Project" sneak peak (will arrive in Amoeba in March, 2013)
More than any other popular musical genre hip-hop seems to be the one that artists frequently and effortlessly transition from music into acting. The long list of those hip-hop artists who have successfully done so includes (to name but a few) Ice Cube, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, 50 Cent, Mos Def/Yasiin Bey, Common, LL Cool J, Ice T, Ludacris, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and of course the late great 2Pac/Tupac Shakur. Add to that list Slaine of rap super group La Coka Nostra. The Boston rapper, born George Carroll, is in the recently released Andrew Dominik directed film Killing Them Softly (starring Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini) and has also recently completed his second solo album, The Boston Project on Suburban Noize/Commonwealth Records, which will arrive in Amoeba Music in March, 2013.
Slaine considers his forthcoming album (the follow up to 2011's World With No Skies 2.0) his way of giving a little bit back to the city that he loves and that has given him so much over the years. He says that, "When most people think of Boston, hip-hop usually isn't the first thing that comes to mind, but the level of talent that is coming out of this city is insane. I wanted to create a record that highlights what this city has to offer musically and show how diverse the talent is. This record embodies something much larger than just a Slaine record." To further prove that point he enlisted many of Beantown's finest talents on the The Boston Project including Termanology, Reks, Esoteric, Ed O.G., Smoke Bulga, Lou Armstrong, Jaysaun, and Millyz along with Boston based producer Lu Balz.
Indeed in both his music and his acting roles Slaine's heart never seems to stray too far from his hometown. Many of his acting roles are Boston through-and-through dating back to his 2007 feature film debut in Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone in which he played a Boston drug-dealing gun runner. Similarly in Affleck's directorial follow-up The Town in 2010 he played the role of Boston bank robber Albert "Gloansy" MacGloan. Additionally the soundtracks of both movies included music by the artist.
The November 2012 released gangster flick Killing Them Softly, in which Slaine played the character of Kenny Gill and got to act alongside such heroes of his as James Gadolfini and Ray Liotta, may be set in New Orleans but merely by Slaine being in it brings some Boston flavor to the big screen. In the clip below from a couple of months back he talks a little bit about the film.
Slaine talking about Killing Them Softly upon its theatrical release in Nov 2012