hip-hop has come a long, long way since I showed up here to cover the
scene 10 years ago. In that time, countless artists have seen
international acclaim, and banked a good buck on tours from here to
places like Japan and Germany. Cats like Slaine, Reks, and
Termanology are renowned as some of the genre's premier lyricists –
on either side of commercial divide – and top producers like Pete
Rock and Premier regularly collaborate with artists from New England.