are countless reasons that Slaine has crushed the Boston rap game
like a Budweiser can. For one, he tells the sort of bleak Boston
tales that weren't always illustrated in hip-hop – stories about
spots like Southie and Roslindale, which reek of their own unique
stench. As important, though, is that Slaine hasn't alienated the
rest of Hub hip-hop in the process – whether that means cats from
Roxbury and Dorchester, or artists from outside of the immediate city
like Termanology in Lawrence, or NBS and Lou Armstrong in Cambridge.
For a second we can stop bitching about how local rap cats never get to rock shows with major touring acts. For one, the homey Wispers is opening for Yelawolf at the Paradise this Friday. But before that, Lowell wit rapper D-Tension and Boston-schooled rhyme polemicist Elemental Zazen are propping Murs at Royale this Thursday.