“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.
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.
Just two days ago I delivered my usual Boston hip-hop spiel to an intern at the Phoenix. She wants to collaborate on a Web package highlighting young promising Hub rap talent, and asked for my thoughts on why so few area MCs had really blown the fuck up, or something like that.
This week in the Phoenix, Chris Faraone talks to PACEY FOSTER -- "the biggest nerd hip-hop historian in all of Boston" -- about Pacey's Boston chapter in the upcoming HIP HOP IN AMERICA: A REGIONAL GUIDE, and specifically about the early days of Boston hip-hop. Topics include Magnus Johnstone's groundbreaking WMBR show "Lecco's Lemma," extremely rare demos from Edo G's original Fresh To Impress Crew and Keithy E, who later had more success as GURU of Gang Starr.