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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...
| September 29, 2011
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...
| March 29, 2011
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
| 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...
Michael C. Walsh
| March 14, 2011
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
| March 11, 2011
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...
| March 07, 2011
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...
| February 13, 2011
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
| December 24, 2010
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
| October 22, 2010
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...
| September 21, 2010
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...
| September 16, 2010
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...
| July 30, 2010
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...
| June 09, 2010
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...
| May 26, 2010
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)
| April 30, 2010
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)
| January 29, 2010
Those drums and wires
Makeupbreakup + Jon Hope + more
Off the Couch
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| January 29, 2010
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
| January 22, 2010
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...
| December 17, 2009
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...
| October 20, 2008
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
| July 28, 2008
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