Wednesday marked the 14th anniversary of the passing of Christopher
Wallace. You may have come to this realization through the litany of
Biggie quotables and youtube vids filling your news feed, or maybe a
token memoriam post from your go-to music blog, even if they don't touch
hip-hop on the other 364 days of the year.
1. Termanology, "How We Rock" [Youtube link]2. Prospect Hill, "Break Down" [Youtube link]3. Graveyard BBQ, "BBQ Nation" [Youtube link]4. Keep Me Conscious, "Thicker Than Blood" [Youtube link]5. DJ Slim, "Utilize Your Boston Freedom Rally High" [Youtube link]BONUS TRACKS
All we really know is that Gang Starr Foundation legend Big Shug will be rocking with a jazz band at Wally's Cafe this Sunday (8/16) night at 9pm. The set should be interesting, as Shug has been showcasing his vocal range quite a bit lately, lacing hooks for cats including Termanology and even recording his own r&b album, Living Room, with producer Moss and Christina Aguilera engineer Charles Roane (check this recent Phoenix feature on Shug for more).
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.