12 Gauge Presents
Slaine vs Terminology
G-Life, Big Lo, Sean Strange, DJ Illegal, Auratorikal & DJ Mixter Mike, DJ Intimin8
241 South 500 East
Salt Lake City, UT, 84102
This event is 21 and over
If you believe Life is hard yet one of the best gifts anyone can be granted, you’ll understand the journey of Slaine. The hard knocks and struggle of this Boston native may sound like good tidbits for a novel, television or mini-series. Hailing from the Dorchester area with deep connections in South Boston, Slaine’s life was patterned somewhat of a gypsy moving around often. Despite not having a normal home foundation, Slaine aspired like other starry eyed kids to become a force in the entertainment industry. Mapping out his plan to obtain his goals, Slaine packed his bags and moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts. After only seven months, an unfortunate altercation between Slaine and a school employee resulted in his expulsion at the school.
The incident was a major setback for Slaine that suspended his dream of becoming a filmmaker. Although dismayed and discouraged, Slaine prevailed over his setback and proceeded towards his pursuit into the entertainment industry via another way…music. His love for hip-hop was discovered at the early age of nine. "I started writing rhymes when I was nine years old, I use to record on my boom box with a pair of headphones plugged into the microphone jack. I felt they were just words on a page because I didn’t have an outlet to perform them.” Determined and focused, Slaine spent his nights as a club promoter to survive in the hard lonely streets of New York City. At the same time, he began recording and being managed by hip-hop legend MC Shan. While recording a demo in a studio operated by the Lordz of Brooklyn, SLAINE was introduced to Danny Boy O'Connor of House of Pain.
The introduction lead into him being signed to a production deal with DJ Lethal of House of Pain which led to the mix tape release ‘The White Man is the Devil: Volume 1’ and the formation of Special Teamz with Boston rap legends Edo G and Jaysaun. Special Teamz dropped a self-titled street CD after that, which garnered critical acclaim and allowed the group to tour in Europe. In a very short time, SLAINE had gone from living in poverty with a drug habit to traveling the world and working with hip-hop icons such as DJ Premier, Ill Bill, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, The Alchemist, and a host of other talented artists. He also became part of the collective LA COKA NOSTRA, alongside Ill Bill and all three members of House of Pain - Everlast, DJ Lethal, and Danny Boy. La Coka Nostra’s debut album, "A Brand You Can Trust" debuted at #84 on the Billboard Top 200 and #6 on the Rap charts, sending a message to the masses that the group’s brand of gritty hip-hop was exactly what fans of the genre had been waiting for.
Terminology - Daniel Carrillo better known as Terminology, is an American emcee and record producer.He first gained major attention with the 2006 single "Watch How It Go Down". A solo album, Politics As Usual, was released in 2008. He has made a number of collaborative albums, such as 1982 (released in 2010) and is known also for his prolific mixtape output. He is of Puerto Rican and French descent.
In collaboration with the New Hampshire producer DC the MIDI Alien, Carrillo independently released the albumOut the Gate in 2005.The single "This Is Hip Hop" attracted the attention of The Source, which featured the rapper in its much-coveted "Unsigned Hype" column.A friendship with the Gangstarr Foundation member Krumbsnatcha led to a meeting with DJ Premier, who was a fan of "This Is Hip Hop". Termanology's DJ Premier-produced 2006 single "Watch How It Go Down" generated considerable national and international interest, including an appearance in XXL's "Show & Prove" column
The debut solo album release “Politics as Usual” on Nature Soundsin 2008 gathered together many of hip hop's most revered producers as DJ Premier was joined by names like Pete Rock, Large Professor, Easy Mo Bee, and Buckwild. It was well received by critics, though many reviewers noted it lacked the focused aggression throughout that "Watch How It Go Down" had promised.
gLife is breaking the mold and exposing the system with his indie success in hip hop. Having been declared "top mover" by CMJ, he is on the road again with Boston legendary emcees Slaine (La Coka Nostra) and Jaysaun (Special Teamz) on their “Underdog Mentality Tour 2016”. gLife stays on the charts and on the grind with his new album "gLife - One-Five", released in September 2015 it has already reached #11 on the CMJ (US and Canada college radio charts) and stayed on for six months.
A great producer and one-fourth of the underground group NGP, Sean Strange was born Sean Gillen in Queens, New York. He has been releasing street mixtapes solo and with NGP for the past 6 years and has been developing his tenacious style of raw hip hop since 1997. Sean spent 2007-2010 as a member of the legendary independent powerhouse "Psycho+Logical" Records ("PLR") run by Death Rapper NECRO. During his time there, he produced and was featured on several PLR projects which helped him develop a loyal and dedicated cult following.
German rap DJ and producer.