This too, too Sullee'd flesh

When last we checked in with Bobby Sullivan -- a/k/a Sullee -- Hingham's great white hope was a teenage Celtics fan with roots in the hardscrabble South End of yore, a five-minute stint (at five years old!) as a Maurice Starr protege on his resume, and big dreams of stardom.

Could an Irish kid who lives with his folks in a oceanfront house in the tony Boston 'burbs really make it as a hip-hop heavy? There were doubts.

But Sullee's no-nonsense father/manager, Bob provided the street cred and helped make it happen. He enlisted Wellesley Hills homeboy Billy Squire to rerecord his ubiquitous "The Stroke" for sampling on an autobiographical track of the same name about Sullee's rise from the South End's mean streets. And the single "Rock Star," featuring production from New Jack Swing guru Teddy Riley and fretwork from the one and only Slash, was another minor coup.

A year later, the collaborators keep getting better. On the new single, "What Cha Tryin' To Do," Sullee trades rhymes with Jersey City free-styler Joe Budden.

And if the deeper, harder-edged voice bobbing and weaving over that thick sample-heavy stew doesn't prove that Bobby Sullivan is all growed up, his rhymes' unsubtle references to various grownup pursuits do.

LISTEN: Sullee (feat. Joe Budden), "What Cha Tryin' To Do" (MP3)
READ: "Sullee Forth"
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