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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
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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25 Essential Hip-Hop Acts at SXSW 2011

Before you go coastal on us, let's be clear that this is in no way a slap at rap music's primary metropolitan hubs. The fact is that despite being in Boston, the Phoenix covers as much New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles hip-hop as any paper in America, i
Beyond New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, or Atlanta
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 18, 2011

[phlipcam video] Reks album release party @ the Middle East


Last Wednesday marked the 14th anniversary of the passing of Christopher Wallace. You may have come to this realization through the litany of Biggie quotables...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  March 14, 2011
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A triumphant Reks returns home after a Euro blitz

Thank the good lord Nas for Europe. Say what you will about their snotty languages and odd sneakers, young people in urban Denmark, France, and Germany have kept sophisticated hardcore hip-hop alive, allowing savants like Lawrence native Reks to win a sl
Cultivated culture
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 11, 2011
FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD: Singapore Kane - "The Wrath of Kane"!!!

FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD: Singapore Kane - "The Wrath of Kane"!!!


At long last, Mattapan master Singapore Kane has blessed us with another mixtape, this one even more anticipated than the last few. Kane's star has...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 07, 2011


Who Invited the New York Times to Stretch & Bob's Reunion Show?

Who Invited the New York Times to Stretch & Bob's Reunion Show?


It's ridiculous that anyone would read the New York Times for music coverage. Still the sad truth is that staff critic Jon Caramanica wields serious...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 13, 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
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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
Catch Reks Tonight @ The Middle East

Catch Reks Tonight @ The Middle East


If you're a frequent reader of this blog, then you know damn well how much faith we have in Reks, who's rocking tonight at The...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 21, 2010
MP3 of the Week: Reks "This Or That"

MP3 of the Week: Reks "This Or That"


Phoenix writer Chris Faraone checks in with this week's mp3 download... If you know a lyricist with more wit and wordplay than REKS, then bark...
By Michael Marotta  |  September 16, 2010


FREE Blak Madeen Solo Discs from Al-J & Yusuf

FREE Blak Madeen Solo Discs from Al-J & Yusuf


Blak Madeen's Sacred Defense was without-a-doubt one of the best discs to drop anywhere last year - not just in Boston (here's the feature that...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 30, 2010
Slaine and the "Boston Project" at the Middle East Downstairs

Slaine and the "Boston Project" at the Middle East Downstairs


As one-third of Special Teamz with Edo G and Jaysaun, Slaine knows a thing or two about supergroups. But now the Southie-Roslindale MC and supporting...
By webteam  |  June 09, 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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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
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Fresh Vetz | Vet Status

It's a bright sign for hip-hop when at least three promising subterranean sluggers ride flows comparable to that of the almighty Nas.
Top Shelf (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 29, 2010


Those drums and wires

Makeupbreakup + Jon Hope + more
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 29, 2010
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Man at work

It's easy to manufacture illusions of rap stardom. Any MySpace whiteboy with a few grand can fill a mixtape with big cameos, and for a little more, guests will even shout his name out. But though such pay-for-spray practices have kept established artis
Statik Selektah is so busy, it bugs him out
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 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
Hooray I'm On My Way To CMJ For Just One Day

Hooray I'm On My Way To CMJ For Just One Day


I’m not packing clothes for this year’s CMJ Marathon in New York City. In fact, I’m not even br...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 20, 2008
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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