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11 Hometown Hip-Hop Theme Songs for #OccupyBoston

11 Hometown Hip-Hop Theme Songs for #OccupyBoston

More Occupy Boston Pics Here Every revolution needs fresh theme music. Especially one organized by contemporary counter-culture warriors, who tend to have eclectic tastes. I'm...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 29, 2011
[awesome video alert] Frankensteez - "Skeleton Key" (Plus: "Mister Jason Has A Posse" Download and 12")

[awesome video alert] Frankensteez - "Skeleton Key" (Plus: "Mister Jason Has A Posse" Download and 12")

So I've ate, shit, and slept with Mister Jason's Frankensteez project for nearly six days now, and it's rewind-button-city-all-day. Despite having disappeared from the recording...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 27, 2011
In the 6/10 issue: Summer Preview showers you in food, music, and drunken shenanigans; plus Akrobatik lives, Super 8 invades, and more

In the 6/10 issue: Summer Preview showers you in food, music, and drunken shenanigans; plus Akrobatik lives, Super 8 invades, and more

Summer has finally arrived (we think) -- that time when Boston transitions from cold and rainy to hot and muggy, at least in theory. Whatever,...
By Kevin Sviokla  |  June 13, 2011

Akrobatik: down but not out

It's hard to evaluate life-threatening illnesses if you skipped med school to kick rhymes.
The beat goes on
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 10, 2011

Update On Boston MC-Athlete Favorite Akrobatik (Plus Benefit This Saturday @ The Middle East)

An artist always on the move, Akro’s health scare did not come from a lack of exercise. He...  Originally posted on Chris Faraone's book, "How...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 09, 2011

Report: Akrobatik in stable condition after suffering heart attack

Music blog Hip Hop DX is reporting that AKROBATIK suffered a heart attack last night, also reporting that the Boston emcee "went into open heart...
By Michael Marotta  |  May 13, 2011


Mr. Incongeniality

The night before this interview, Bomshot pulled what might go down as the most boneheaded stunt in Boston hip-hop history when, in the middle of a crowded Slaine and Ill Bill show at Harpers Ferry, he attempted to cheap-shot the former from behind.
Bomshot makes a better MC than neighbor
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 28, 2010
Guru tribute at the Middle East downstairs

Guru tribute at the Middle East downstairs

The Phoenix paid tribute to the late great Roxbury-born rapper Guru (and Gang Starr) with a cover story this past week, and now it's time...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010

Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr

Here is our salute – in photo, audio, video, and writing – to a Roxbury legend and the vast Gang Starr legacy he left behind.
A collection of videos, photos, music and more from our archives
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010

Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest 2010

An optimist would say that, despite some serious disappointments, last year’s Third Annual Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest demonstrated just how peaceful the Bean rap scene really is.
For Unity Fest, the show must go on (for real this time)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010

Photos: Nova-Cain ''Birthday'' single release show

Nova-Cain, Vee Knuckles, Millyz, Letia Larok, and more
 Nova-Cain, live at the Middle East, April 27, 2010 
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  May 07, 2010


Tale of the tapes

Soon after music-minded UMass-Boston management professor Pacey Foster signed on to write a Boston chapter for the most comprehensive hip-hop tome ever compiled, his mission brought him to rural Maine, where it has long been speculated that the Hub rhy
Pacey Foster tells the story of Boston hip-hop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 27, 2009
FREE DOWNLOAD: D-Tension Remixes Akrobatik's "Absolute Value" Using All Van Halen Samples. Really.

FREE DOWNLOAD: D-Tension Remixes Akrobatik's "Absolute Value" Using All Van Halen Samples. Really.

 Though D-Tension is a WFNX DJ, and Akrobatik is the most recent Best Music Poll winner for Best Local Rap Act, this fusion was not...
By Chris Faraone  |  August 04, 2009

The scene is now

As newspapers cede arbiter status to random bloggers with Fios and afternoons off, the function of polls like our humble offering must change out of necessity. What once was a forecast is now more like a diagnostic — it's anthropology versus tastemakery
What we can learn about Boston from the local winners
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 31, 2009
Your Extensive Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest Primer

Your Extensive Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest Primer

If I tried to write about every one of the 30-or-so rappers set to collectively slap Unity Fest at ...
By Chris Faraone  |  May 28, 2009

Hope for the Nation

Pick up the latest issue of XXL magazine and flip to the "Show and Prove" section and you'll spot Providence hip-hop artist Jon Hope — and rightly so.
Jon Hope's Mass Appeal
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 25, 2009


Cornball bliss

Not until entering the Roxy a week ago Thursday did I comprehend what a normal kid feels the first time he sees a big-league ballpark.
The Roots and Antibalas, live at the Roxy, January 29, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 04, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Joe the rapper

"One thing I've learned is that if you write about reality, you'll never run out of material."
Joe Budden, Freeway, and the enduring authority of street rap
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 11, 2008

Beyond the polls

The presidential election got your knickers in a knot?
Electoral-entertainment guide
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 29, 2008

What rhymes with Barack?

The story of underground hip-hop these days often seems like the inverse of Barack Obama’s story.  
Mr. Lif takes on the headlines
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  October 27, 2008


Reks in effect

Since jumping skills-first onto Boston’s rap scene seven years ago, Lawrence-born MC Reks has earned a variety of reputations.
Lawtown MC bounces back
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 28, 2008

Fakts One

Fakts never built a repertoire deep enough to secure his own specific sound, but on Long Range he proves he can dip into a variety of styles and cater tracks around any MC’s individual tastes.
Long Range | Greenstreets
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 22, 2008

Vital signs

Since 2002, the ArtBeat Festival has been giving culture-hungry Davis Square denizens something to do on the weekend besides glower at one another at the Diesel.
ArtBeat 2008 hits Davis Square
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 15, 2008


Building with Bricks Volume 3, the double-disc anthology that drops this week, features a spread of classic material and glimpses into the future of Beantown’s reigning rap regime.
Hub-hop courtesy of Brick Records
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 11, 2008

All together now

Most Boston rappers who are talented enough to succeed beyond the Bean have been collaborating for a minute.
A Boston Unity Fest sampler
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2008



One of the hallmarks of Akrobatik’s style has always been his sincerity.
Absolute Value | Fat Beats
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  February 26, 2008

Top 10 local CDs: Week of April 8, 2007

Shadows Fall, Dropkick Murphys, Big D and the Kids Table, and more.
As reported by Newbury Comics
By TOP 10 LOCAL CDS  |  April 09, 2007

Surviving and thriving

“Approximately 40 miles outside San Diego the tour bus with Mr. Lif, the Coup, DJ Big Wiz, Metro, and other friends of theirs flipped over and burst into flames,” wrote Def Jux capitán El-P via e-mail. Our heart skipped a beat. Mr. Lif, "The Fries (Ab
Mr. Lif’s brush with disaster + Keith Kenniff’s classical fix
By DAVID DAY  |  December 12, 2006

Fall Circuitry

Former Boston radio DJ and producer DJ Swiss Ivory has a new mixtape out called Back in Business. DJ Swiss Ivory, "Mixtape Preview" (mp3 via MySpace) Akrobatik, "Internet MCs" (mp3 via Myspace) Underline label mix (mp3)
Save a rink, hip-hop madness, and a lost loft
By DAVID DAY  |  October 03, 2006