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Czarface soars above the clouds

This week 7LES and Inspectah Deck drop Czarface , a full-length work of adventurous genius revolving around a metal-clad protagonist who feeds on destruction.
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 15, 2013
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The year 'new battling' took over Boston

There's one thing that most people know about battle rapping: 8 Mile .
Plan of attack
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 23, 2011
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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
The Stories Behind DJ Deadeye’s “Substance Abuse”

The Stories Behind DJ Deadeye’s “Substance Abuse”


DJ Deadeye makes no apologies for saluting traditional East Coast boom bap. In fact it's quite the opposite sentiment, as, along with ST. da Squad...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 29, 2011
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Best Boston Rap Albums of 2010

So I'm walking past the Jeanie Johnston in Jamaica Plain after the Boston Music Awards, and I see Slaine and his friend Ronnie hugging the bar and crushing rum and cokes.
Bustle and flow
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 24, 2010
Exclusive: The Story Behind Slaine's “The Devil Never Dies”, Plus FREE Mixtape Download

Exclusive: The Story Behind Slaine's “The Devil Never Dies”, Plus FREE Mixtape Download


The hard-partying, harder-working Slaine has never been more exhausted than he was this Monday. It's no wonder; he'd been draining booze and hibernating in his...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 27, 2010


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7L and Esoteric | 1212

Ten years ago, my guess is that not even 7L and Esoteric could have imagined they'd go on to build one of the most reliable catalogues in indie-rap history.
Fly Casual (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 22, 2010
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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
Year-End Boston Rap Round-Up, Plus 5 Local Hip-Hop Happenings that we Stupidly Missed in 2009

Year-End Boston Rap Round-Up, Plus 5 Local Hip-Hop Happenings that we Stupidly Missed in 2009


  It’s amazing how much hate mail I receive accusing me of ignoring local artists. Most hilarious is this ass on Facebook who recently bitched...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 17, 2009
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Freudian trip

Hip-hop is faker than Vince McMahon's business plan and tan combined. Pussy-whipped MCs who sling Whoppers rhyme about bagging blow and smacking ho's; even cats who actually do poison their communities exaggerate their hood credentials.
Esoteric drops reality rap on Saving Seamus Ryan
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 09, 2009

Esoteric Represents for MSPCA, Records Track To Promote 9/13 Walk For Animals


 DMX and Snoop might forever be the rappers most affiliated with canines, but around here there's no denying that Esoteric is the rapper most likely...
By Chris Faraone  |  August 14, 2009


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The other white beat

In the home of Slaine, Esoteric, Sullee, Bomshot, Lyrical, and about 10,000 other pale MCs who can hang with brothers of all shades and styles, the notion of prolific whiteboys is hardly novel.
Four random caucasian MCs better than Asher Roth
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 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