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[MP3] Boston's Rap Class of 2011: Retrospek

[MP3] Boston's Rap Class of 2011: Retrospek


It's time for show and tell with Boston's Rap Class of 2011 -- a kaleidoscopic cross-section of Boston's varied hip-hop scene. From rookies to vets,...
By webteam  |  October 01, 2011
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With Big Bang Records, Natural Born Spitters and Virtuoso create a unified front

For the past decade or so, there have essentially been two Greater Boston hip-hop scenes — one for which the audience is black, and one for which the audience is not-so-black.  
Common theory
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 27, 2011

NEW VIDEOS from Aztech and Viceversah


I'm a few weeks overdue for writing about the new Viceversah and Aztech projects, which are unrelated in every way other than that they've both...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 05, 2011
FREE EP DOWNLOAD: Click Animosity - "Charred Remnants"

FREE EP DOWNLOAD: Click Animosity - "Charred Remnants"


As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I've been listening to the official Click Animosity disc, Feeders of the Flamez, like mad. There's a certain...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 18, 2011
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Click Animosity | Feeders of the Flamez

You know how righteous rap fans say that brutal hip-hop can't turn kids into monsters?
Metal Barz (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 17, 2010
MP3 of the Week: Singapore Kane "Tom & Jerry"

MP3 of the Week: Singapore Kane "Tom & Jerry"


Last time I checked up on Mattapan native Singapore Kane, the Big Shug affiliate and underground slugger told us that – unlike most of his...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 02, 2010


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Termanology and Statik take Lawtown national

At a middle school in Roxbury last week, a teacher friend of mine, hardly expecting a landmark response, asked her students to list their favorite hip-hop artists. One brave young cat passed up Wayne and T-Pain to prop a home-town hero: "Termanology ca
Mass appeal
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 22, 2010
MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Lady Repo

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Lady Repo


When she’s not drawing blood at Mass General, Lady Repo is pouring her own out onto paper. Born Ami Nata — or Queen Mother in...
By webteam  |  June 24, 2010
MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Ms. Sheek

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Ms. Sheek


If Sarah Palin is a bulldog with lipstick — or whatever that moron called herself — Sheek is a rottweiler in heels posing as a...
By webteam  |  June 23, 2010
MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Serge Didenko

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Serge Didenko


 It’s 6 am on a Sunday morning when Serge Didenko picks me up for a photo shoot, and he’s as bright-eyed as Homer Simpson at...
By webteam  |  June 23, 2010
MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Certified G'z

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Certified G'z


 When Young Don rocked the Fletcher Middle School in Cambridge in eighth grade, his best friend, Chris, soon to become Chief C, wasn’t about to...
By webteam  |  June 22, 2010


MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Urban Nerdz

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Urban Nerdz


 It’s a slow, hot Sunday afternoon in Jamaica Plain when I meet the Urban Nerdz by the Stony Brook station. Bouffard Malory keeps jumping up...
By webteam  |  June 22, 2010
MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Concep

MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Concep


Concep sits in the corner of the Orleans bar and restaurant in Somerville (where I’ve been a waitress for more than two years) on nights...
By webteam  |  June 21, 2010
MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Bay Holla

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Bay Holla


 In the modern entertainment industry, Bay Holla is a Renaissance woman. Rapper, model, actress, philanthropist, street worker, manager, community organizer, and comedian, the Roxbury native...
By webteam  |  June 21, 2010
MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Millyz

MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Millyz


 Before rap came along, Millyz was a singer in his class chorus. “I just wanted to be a singer,” he says, sipping Hennessy at Riverside...
By webteam  |  June 20, 2010
MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Young Riot

MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Young Riot


“When I’m in the studio, I’m calm,” says Young Riot, sitting in a swivel chair at his East Boston studio. “I can get pretty animated...
By webteam  |  June 19, 2010


MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Fardaad

MP3: Boston Rap's Class of 2010: Fardaad


 Of all the artists in this spotlight, Fardaad’s segue into hip-hop makes the least sense. The Suffolk Law student started recording only three years ago,...
By webteam  |  June 18, 2010
Cambridge Rapper Sam Adams Debuts At Number One On iTunes

Cambridge Rapper Sam Adams Debuts At Number One On iTunes


Just two days ago I delivered my usual Boston hip-hop spiel to an intern at the Phoenix. She wants to collaborate on a Web package...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 07, 2010

Tonight: History of Boston Hip-Hop comes alive at Enormous Room. Plus: Pacey Foster video and mixtape


This week in the Phoenix, Chris Faraone talks to PACEY FOSTER -- "the biggest nerd hip-hop historian in all of Boston" -- about Pacey's Boston...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 30, 2009
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Mass Movements | The Album

Imagine if you scouted Boston's pre-eminent hip-hop artists — from the grimiest coke-slinging corner cats to the roughest coke-sniffing bar rats — and teamed them up with virtually every underground MC who's made noise in the past three years.
Leedz Edutainment/Traffic (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 09, 2009