When you think of the cities...
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that have produced some of the great rappers of today, Boston is rarely in that discussion. Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago have produced more well known talent than the City of Champions but that doesn’t mean there is hidden talent. If you live in or around Boston, you’ve probably heard of these following rappers but if you haven’t, I’d suggest you go check them out immediately. They could change your mind about the Boston rap scene.
So obviously the first name that comes out when you think of Boston rappers is Cousin Stizz, a man who is single handedly changing the game here in Boston. Stizz is for all accounts a legend around Boston and those who have dug deep into his collection know how great his music is. Suffolk County and Monda are two classic pieces of work from Stizz’s library. Talk ft. Jefe Replay, Fresh Prince, Gain Green,500 Horses,and Living Like Khaled. Living Like Khaled was such a hit that it is featured on NBA 2K18 and those are just a few of the amazing songs from both albums. Monda really helped Stizz catapult into the stratosphere and it caught the attention of some of the biggest names in hip hop today. Stizz just dropped a mixtape called One Night Only and on it is one of Stizz’s best songs, Headlock ft. Offset is an absolute banger of a song. Lambo and Switch Places are also a few other hits from the tape that are worth having a listen to. Stizz is currently preparing to go on his One Night Only tour with the very last show of the tour being held at the House of Blues in Boston. This show has been hyped up by Stizz himself because to him, it is going to be very special performing in front of his hometown.
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One of the most loveable artists out today is Michael Christmas. His music has this happy feel to it, almost like Chance the Rapper. Some of the songs you should check out by Mr. Christmas are Top Turnbuckle ft. OG Swaggerdick, Don’t Talk About It ft. DRAM, Bubbling, Get Up, and Intercontinental Champion. Christmas’ music can give whoever listens to it a jolt of positivity kind of in the same way a Lil Yachty track does. Christmas shares some of the same qualities as Yachty does. He appeals to the youth and his tracks are relatable to some high school/college students. He is a loveable rapper who brings out good vibes.
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You may have heard of Big Leano if you listened to Stizz’s recent album as he appears on the song The Store. But if you haven’t heard of him then what are you waiting for? Leano has a slower flow to him but it goes along with the beat and creates a certain vibe. Tales From The Mud is probably his best work. I highly recommend listening to Resume, Lean For Sale, Don’t Judge Me, and Woody. His lyricism in these songs makes you wonder why you didn’t find out about him sooner as they tell tales of his life. Leano isn’t one of these “mumble rappers” you hear about these days, he is much better than that but rather he tells a story in his music which is something a lot of rappers today don’t do. Leano just released a song called Broke that is going to be on his upcoming project and if you live in Boston or know about the former mayor, then a line in this song will leave your jaw dropped.
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Out of all the rappers on this list it seems like Jefe Replay has the biggest cult following. His motto: Ain’t Sh*t Free has sparked a new wave of fans for him. His line of clothing, Ask for Juan, has some very cool merchandise and not to mention the logo is an unreal play on the old Utah Jazz logo. Jefe Replay was featured in the song Talk and his line in that song really makes you see the potential in him. He virtually aces every flow and he sounds like a mix of Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa. He also has a song titled Ain’t Sh*t Free which a perfect song for a summer party or if you’re just chilling and want a nice flow.
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He is one of the lesser known Boston area rappers but if you are from the area and have heard of Plad then you’ll know he has this untapped potential. His song The Wave has a lot of hits on SoundCloud and Apple Music which gave him a boost in popularity among Boston teens. The good thing about the Boston area is everyone is friends with everyone and there seems to be no competition. It is kind of like how Atlanta area rappers put their affiliates works out there so this means Plad will benefit from being associated with guys like Jefe Replay and Big Leano. He is a hidden talent for sure.
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He is certainly a unique rapper and he is one of the best lyricist in Boston currently. Millyz creates this Eminem type vibe to him and his music reminds you of a young Logic. His flow is very fast and to the point too. He often doesn’t lose track of it and can switch it up beautifully. He is also one of the better storytellers in Boston and also has a Jadakiss feature along with performing with Dave East at one of his shows in the city.
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If you’re a fan of Cardi B or just female rap in general then you’ll love Vintage Lee. Her take no nonsense attitude is evident in her songs as she goes in on every track and she is one of the hidden talents Boston has. Surprisingly, her song Hennythings Possible made it onto the NBA 2K18 soundtrack. I am surprised by this because I didn’t think people knew her like that but I am also proud to here a Boston rapper, especially one who isn’t well known, on a major game soundtrack. Check out some of her work on her Soundcloud and she will make you a believer.
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His hair will make you think he resembles Lil Yachty but he is certainly a different breed of rap. Pistola has a calm flow to him but it is still a good flow regardless. If anyone has listened to SahBabii then they should appreciate Pistola. Some of his songs to check out are Jokes on You, Swang REMIX, and Playa. Give each song a close listen and you’ll how good he is.