Team Edu Leedz is at it again, blessing you broke bastards with hella freebies. For anyone who's unfamiliar with promoter-executive producer Leedz, he's pretty much the force behind 90 percent of rap shows in Massachusetts for the past seven years. In the process, he's helped develop the careers of countless cats who call (or have called) this place home - from Slaine and MC Exposition to Rite Hook and that dude who nailed your girl behind the dumpster at the Middle East last week.
DJ Deadeye makes no apologies for saluting traditional East Coast boom bap. In fact it's quite the opposite sentiment, as, along with ST. da Squad affiliates like Termanology, the Lawrence-bred vinyl sensei and beatmaker has ushered unapologetic, lyric-heavy hip-hop back into the forefront. His seven-years-in-the-making debut, Substance Abuse, is a throwback of sorts in that Deadeye took the time and energy to unite more than 30 MCs and a dozen co-producers for a stew of thoughtful, thematic blacktop bangers.
Blak Madeen's Sacred Defense was without-a-doubt one of the best discs to drop anywhere last year - not just in Boston (here's the feature that I wrote about them). The album featured the likes of Reks and Lord Jamar - and sick beats through and through - but ultimately prevailed on the strength of Al-J and Yusuf playing off of one another.
Unless you're the type who actually likes running 10K charity races, then it's rare that you get to enjoy yourself while doing the right thing. That said; here's an opportunity to party philanthropically, as Reef the Lost Cauze, Outerspace, 7L&Esoteric, Slaine, Jaysaun, Freddy Madball, and DJ Stress are rocking Church next Monday (10/19) to raise money for a friend in poor health.
If I tried to write about every one of the 30-or-so rappers set to collectively slap Unity Fest at The Paradise next Thursday, I wouldn’t have time to fuck around on Facebook and Twitter all day. It would also be a waste of time considering how much I’ve already written about so many of the marquee artists.