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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
Freddy Madball and Jaysaun Cut New Theme Song for Andrei Arlovski (debuts during Saturday night Strikeforce fight on Showtime)

Freddy Madball and Jaysaun Cut New Theme Song for Andrei Arlovski (debuts during Saturday night Strikeforce fight on Showtime)


I have a strong feeling that Sergei Kharitonov will get knocked out during tomorrow (Saturday) night's Strikeforce throwdown in New Jersey (airs on Showtime at...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 11, 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

World Premiere Video: Jaysaun – “On Your Job”


One of the best videos of 2010 for sure Off Jaysaun and DJ Revolution's Game of Breath Check My Recent Boston Phoenix Feature on Jaysaun...
By Chris Faraone  |  November 19, 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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Flow of fresh air

Three years ago, Jaysaun, Slaine, and Edo G released an album and a statement with their Special Teamz debut, Stereotypes .
MC Jaysaun catches his own Breath
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 30, 2010


T Banga Benefit Show at the Western Front

T Banga Benefit Show at the Western Front


It's an understatement to say that the Boston rap universe was shocked by the news that Stoneham-based rhyme promoter Tim "T Banga" Damrath had committed...
By webteam  |  June 22, 2010
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Rest in Beats, T Banga

This past Sunday, the Bean rap scene lost one of its most enthusiastic supporters and most hard-working executive producers.
Let the tributes begin
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 11, 2010
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Rip Shop | The Authenticity

Rip Shop should be one of the first names you mention when recalling Boston’s early-2000s underground rap renaissance.
Drama House (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010
Jaysaun at the Middle East

Jaysaun at the Middle East


Rap group Special Teamz are the undisputed heavyweight champs of Hub rap history. But while Slaine and Edo G have been pushing solo careers for...
By webteam  |  March 03, 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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Jaysaun and DJ Revolution | Game of Breath

Jaysaun is my best proof that Jay-Z is mediocre, as well as the first MC I play for hoodlum friends who accuse me of favoring white-boy art rap.
 Brain on Drugz (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 23, 2009
Slaine, Freddy Madball, Jaysaun, Esoteric and others team up for Benefit Concert at Church next Monday (10/19)

Slaine, Freddy Madball, Jaysaun, Esoteric and others team up for Benefit Concert at Church next Monday (10/19)


 Unless you're the type who actually likes running 10K charity races, then it's rare that you get to enjoy yourself while doing the right thing....
By Chris Faraone  |  October 15, 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
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Beef stakes

In quality, record sales, and image, hip-hop has taken a savage beating in the past half-decade.
Joe Budden, live at the Middle East Downstairs, March 5, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 09, 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