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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
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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
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
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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
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Hustle and flow

M-Dot is live on Brookline Ave, chopping it up with nurses, businessmen, and co-eds.
Let us tell you about M-Dot —  before he does
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010
Boston Hip-Hop Disc and Mixtape Round-Up #1 (with mad audio and FREE downloads)

Boston Hip-Hop Disc and Mixtape Round-Up #1 (with mad audio and FREE downloads)


My editor and I recently had a chat about how indie-rock bands and underground rappers approach guerilla marketing in drastically different ways. Mostly, we discussed how hip- hop artists turn the sidewalk outside every venue into Times Square circa 1985, and how their rock- and- roll contemporaries — on the opposite end of the promotion spectrum —fancy themselves too cool to work street corners passing out promos.

 

Basically I’m saying that I have way more rap discs to write about than I have time (or space). So until the Phoenix brass determines that Bay State boom bap is more important than my other assignments regarding drastic budget cuts and such, I can b
By Chris Faraone  |  June 18, 2009