Despite his distorted press pic,
the elusive Father Abraham is not a pedophile priest in exile. Rather
he's the Harvard hockey player turned producer-MC who once skated with
the live hip-hop outfit The Indefinite Article, which had a hot Boston
run back when House of Blues was Avalon and heroin was Oxycontin.
In its first 20 Web-isodes alone, Quiet Desperation showcased
the mirth and hilarity of more than 200 comics, actors, and musicians from the
Greater Boston area. The anomalous hip-hop artist among the talents whom Quiet
D ringleader Rob Potylo (a/k/a Roadsteamer) tapped for his reality sit-com,
Cambridge-based MC and New Alliance studio rat Father Abraham cut "Revere Beach" under the
influence of a pivotal exchange between Bean-bred comedians Joe Wong and Big Nezz from Web-isode seven.
My editor and I recently had a chat about how indie-rock bands and underground rappers approach guerilla marketing in drastically different ways. Mostly, we discussed how hip- hop artists turn the sidewalk outside every venue into Times Square circa 1985, and how their rock- and- roll contemporaries — on the opposite end of the promotion spectrum —fancy themselves too cool to work street corners passing out promos.
Basically I’m saying that I have way more rap discs to write about than I have time (or space). So until the Phoenix brass determines that Bay State boom bap is more important than my other assignments regarding drastic budget cuts and such, I can best prop local heroes in occasional round-ups like this one. Here’s some of the finest Beantown product that’s been pushed on me (literally and virtually) in the past month; and since we stand by our picks, we went through the trouble of providing a smorgasbord of tracks and links for your interactive pleasure.