Slaine & Termanology Confront Addiction Over Stellar Evidence Production (Video)
Last month, Slaine and Termanology combined forces for a star-studded LP. The artists who rep La Coka Nostra, 1982, and Special Teamz find a unique energy together, coming from a place of realness. With the Evidence-produced beat that keeps everything contained within a cycle of a few notes, Slaine and Termanology evoke how it feels to be trapped in the pit of addiction in their most recent single from their collaborative Anti-Hero LP.
Premiering at Ambrosia For Heads, “Life Of A Drug Addict” is partly autobiographical, following Slaine’s odyssey to kick the substances and stay clean and sober. Dilated Peoples’ Evidence (a Grammy Award-winning producer) supplies a beat that dims the energy for jarring revelations and captures the gravity of the issue at hand.
What’s interesting is the way the perspective shifts between the verses. Termanology starts out using the second-person, describing how it feels, waking up with “Cocaine residue on your cuticle” (which he cleverly follows with “In high school, you had a cutie too / Damn, what the f*ck happened to you?”)
Slaine’s contribution, in contrast, is much more urgent, speaking from his personal experience : “I know how it feels to wake up with your heart skipping / Couple pills stop the shakes ‘fore you start sipping / Wifey with the mouth smart, b*tching in the dark kitchen / Kicked me out the house, start drinking. I would not listen …”
The accomplished MC/actor then connects with Termanology’s verse, he states: “I miss a studio. I even miss my plane too / But f*ck rapping I’m through / In the mirror staring back, ‘What the f*ck happened to you?’”
In addition to Ev’, Anti-Hero showcases a stellar production team of DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, Beatnuts’ Psycho Les and local talent, The Arcitype and Billy Loman. Offering up their rhymes on the record and two previous singles “Anti-Hero” and “Came A Long Way” are Ras Kass, Bun B, Everlast, and Conway The Machine.
#BonusBeat: The Anti-Hero Tour dates: