12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Known by many for his pivotal part in the House of Pain-affiliated La Coka Nostra project, this gruff wordsmith and occasional film actor always manages to come through with lyrical darts sharp enough to cut through New England winters. Slaine’s darkly skewed world view and storytelling skill set manifest throughout these dozen cuts, from the confessional invective of “Redemption” to the spiraling desperation of the anthemic narrative “The Day Before I Die.” Familiar cohorts Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz lay down reliably hard bars on “Still Got My Gun,” while boom-bap maestro Statik Selektah blesses “Trick the Trap” with a compelling jazz bass loop.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Known by many for his pivotal part in the House of Pain-affiliated La Coka Nostra project, this gruff wordsmith and occasional film actor always manages to come through with lyrical darts sharp enough to cut through New England winters. Slaine’s darkly skewed world view and storytelling skill set manifest throughout these dozen cuts, from the confessional invective of “Redemption” to the spiraling desperation of the anthemic narrative “The Day Before I Die.” Familiar cohorts Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz lay down reliably hard bars on “Still Got My Gun,” while boom-bap maestro Statik Selektah blesses “Trick the Trap” with a compelling jazz bass loop.

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