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  • June 24, 2010
    By webteam

    When she’s not drawing blood at Mass General, Lady Repo is pouring her own out onto paper. Born Ami Nata — or Queen Mother in Senegalese — the rapper-turned-nursing-aid is as real as they come. Repo cuts into her past like a surgeon with an honesty akin to that of Beanie Sigel. “I don’t know how to water myself down.

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  • June 23, 2010
    By webteam

    If Sarah Palin is a bulldog with lipstick — or whatever that moron called herself — Sheek is a rottweiler in heels posing as a poodle. The girl’s girl from Dorchester may giggle between songs, but when she barks, she barks big. Marking her territory all over Boston, Sheek has performed in most of the major venues and earned radio burn on all the local hip-hop stations.

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  • June 23, 2010
    By webteam

    It’s 6 am on a Sunday morning when Serge Didenko picks me up for a photo shoot, and he’s as bright-eyed as Homer Simpson at a pancake breakfast. At the shoot, he’s jumping over fences and bouncing around the Belmont High School football field. “I’m kind of crazy,” he says, cracking a smile. He’s not kidding.

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  • June 22, 2010
    By webteam

    When Young Don rocked the Fletcher Middle School in Cambridge in eighth grade, his best friend, Chris, soon to become Chief C, wasn’t about to let him get all the attention. The two have been rapping together ever since. Their first mixtape as Certified G’z, Fly Boyz, was “about a whole lot of nothing,” says Don, who recently finished a one-year prison sentence.

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  • June 22, 2010
    By webteam

    It’s a slow, hot Sunday afternoon in Jamaica Plain when I meet the Urban Nerdz by the Stony Brook station. Bouffard Malory keeps jumping up and screaming at the sight of every passing bumble bee; Kay Special alternates between sitting and standing every few minutes; Ace BooGie casually places one leg in the air.

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  • June 21, 2010
    By webteam

    Concep sits in the corner of the Orleans bar and restaurant in Somerville (where I’ve been a waitress for more than two years) on nights when his brother Derrick works the door. Mostly, he’s soft-spoken and keeps to himself, and when he said he rapped, I wasn’t sure what to expect, since he doesn’t sport the arrogant swag that most MCs wear like fur-collar coats.

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  • June 21, 2010
    By webteam

    In the modern entertainment industry, Bay Holla is a Renaissance woman. Rapper, model, actress, philanthropist, street worker, manager, community organizer, and comedian, the Roxbury native is like an urban Rubik’s Cube. “I’m looking to make music,” she says, “but at the end of the day, I do everything.

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  • June 20, 2010
    By webteam

    Before rap came along, Millyz was a singer in his class chorus. “I just wanted to be a singer,” he says, sipping Hennessy at Riverside Pizza in Cambridge, “but I would always try to memorize what rappers said, so I could say it with them when I listened.” Growing up near Central Square, “with all the bums and crackheads and crazies,” Millyz was a white minority.

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  • June 19, 2010
    By webteam

    “When I’m in the studio, I’m calm,” says Young Riot, sitting in a swivel chair at his East Boston studio. “I can get pretty animated and go off. Someone saw me moving and called it a riot.” Call it the calm before the storm. The young rapper is making waves in Boston’s hip-hop scene. He signed with Bay State staple Amalgam Digital last year and has since been covered in Hip Hop magazine and the Source, performed at the 2010 SXSW music festival, gotten nominated for MTVU’s best freshman video (for “Money Money”), and started his own clothing company, YOMP.

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  • June 18, 2010
    By webteam

    Of all the artists in this spotlight, Fardaad’s segue into hip-hop makes the least sense. The Suffolk Law student started recording only three years ago, with one mic hooked up to his home computer, and he’s yet to put together a MySpace or Facebook profile, let alone a mixtape. “I’ve always been rapping, though,” says the Iranian-born MC who raps in both English and Farsi.

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MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Lady Repo
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MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Lady Repo
Published 6/24/2010 by webteam
When she’s not drawing blood at Mass General, Lady Repo is pouring her own out onto paper. Born Ami Nata — or Queen Mother in...

MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Ms. Sheek
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MP3: Boston's Rap Class of 2010: Ms. Sheek
Published 6/23/2010 by webteam
If Sarah Palin is a bulldog with lipstick — or whatever that moron called herself — Sheek is a rottweiler in heels posing as a...

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