World With No Skies 2.0(Explicit Version) CD (2011)

Artist: Slaine

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Product Overview


Label Suburban Noize/red
SKU 222857176
UPC 673951030428
UPC 14 00673951030428
Format CD
Release Date 8/16/2011
Author Slaine
Associated Artist/Work Ed O.G.
Technical Info
CatalogID NZE 304
Lable Name Suburban Noize
Released 08/16/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 36s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00673951030428
Musical Guests
Sons of Skam
Cyrus Deshield
B Real
Ill Bill
Sean Price
Lu Balz
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Rich Sound.
Director: Slaine.
Photographer: Erin Baldassari.
Never let it be said that George Carroll Jr., aka Slaine, is afraid of provocative album titles. In the mid-2000s, the Boston native attracted some regional attention in the East Coast hip-hop underground with his self-released mixtapes The White Man Is the Devil, Vol. 1 and The White Man Is the Devil, Vol. 2: Citizen Caine. But those titles were obviously ironic, because Slaine himself is white (Irish-American, to be specific), and the handful of people who took offense were mostly Five Percenter and New Black Panther types who picked up on the irony and felt that a white rapper was making fun of their black separatist ideology (besides, the "white man" he was actually referring to was cocaine -- not a race of people). However, Slaine's mixtapes were quite underground, and it wasn't until he rapped with Special Teamz and, in 2009, La Coka Nostra that he started receiving any significant attention on a national level. The less provocatively titled A World with No Skies 2.0 -- "2.0" referring to an earlier, slightly different version of the album being leaked -- is Slaine's first full-length solo album since joining forces with La Coka Nostra; it is also a demonstration of the fact that Slaine doesn't need shock value or gimmicks to maintain one's attention. He is a talented, skillful MC, if a less than groundbreaking one, and it is evident that substance is as important to him as style. Slaine doesn't inundate listeners with a bunch of hedonistic, cartoonishly decadent lyrics about "getting crunk in the club" or how much hard liquor a groupie in daisy dukes or booty shorts consumed before she stumbled onto the dancefloor; instead, he keeps it street (although not gangsta) and spends most of this effort rapping about either urban crime, poverty, and violence or his battles with his emotional demons. A World with No Skies 2.0 thrives on social commentary as well as painfully honest introspection; like a long list of rappers ranging from Eminem to the late 2Pac, Slaine isn't afraid to look in the mirror and describe his demons in elaborate detail. Again, Slaine's examination of urban decay and urban mayhem is hardly groundbreaking for hip-hop, but the fact that A World with No Skies 2.0 is derivative doesn't mean that it isn't engaging; this is a solid outing from the Irish-American MC. ~ Alex Henderson
Disc 1
1 Black Horses
2 Voices of Apocalypse
3 99 Bottles
4 When I Shoot You
5 Zombie
6 Can't Go Home
7 You
8 Jumpin' Out the Window - (featuring Cyrus Deshield)
9 Crazy - (featuring Jaysaun/B Real)
10 I Ain't Done
11 Boulevard, The - (featuring Blacastan/Ill Bill/Sean Price)
12 Broken - (featuring Cyrus Deshield/V-Knuckles)
13 Ghosts
14 Where My Heart is - (featuring Cyrus Deshield)
15 Borrowed Time - (featuring Lu Balz/CheckMark)
16 Last Song, The - (featuring Everlast)
Product Attributes
Artist Slaine
Label Suburban Noize
Music Format Compact Disc

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