Chicago: Kanye, Lupe Fiasco, Common… Way too many to list Los Angeles: Dr. Dre, Snoop, Kendrick Lamar… Way too many to list New York: Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent… Way too many to list Boston: ??? It’s true: Boston doesn’t immediately come to mind for its hip-hop/rap scene. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Here are 5 tracks from local artists to help change that. 1. Slaine – “Pissed It All Away” If Eminem with a Boston accent were to go back in time as a medieval minstrel, he’d sound something like Slaine in “Pissed It All Away.” This is the story of a man plagued by narcissism and reputation, a king who is sick of fame. The first words of the final verse are gold. 2. Miles From Nothing – “Better Days” Ft. Sami Stevens MFN’s simple verses and Sami Stevens’ powerful hook float gently over twinkly piano, together delivering a relatable and heartfelt song about the death of friend. As the track reaches its climax and final chorus, the piano goes up in flames. 3. Eight Feet Tall – “Digital Rewind” Eight-piece funk/hip-hop group Eight Feet Tall mixes growly bass lines and hearty horns with rap, reminiscent of Ozomatli and Breakestra. Equally suited for basement parties and concert halls, EFT’s music is energetic, lively, and bouncier than an inflatable castle. They’ll have you rewinding over and over again. 4. STL GLD – “Again” STL GLD’s single “Again” off their debut album My Monday Morning Music evokes images of dusk in the city — sunset-cloaked skyscrapers and sirens trailing off in the distance. A laid back, tight beat with an elegiac edge, this is a track for the after hours. 5. Ed O.G. – “2 Turntables and a Mic” Ed. O.G. goes back to the basics with legendary producer Pete Rock on “2 Turntables and a Mic,” professing his hip-hop prowess over a tingly, eerie beat. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Jacob Wake Up! September 17, 2014 Great list! I would definitely include Moe Pope (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r3MO-nzGjg) and Dutch ReBelle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIVh_K4DNpI) on this list. Both are making big waves! Reply Jon Simmons September 17, 2014 Hey, Jake – thanks! As you know, Moe Pope is 1/2 of STL GLD. We totally agree about Dutch Rebelle, too! Check out our feature on her last year: http://soundofboston.com/beantown-beats-dutch-rebelle/ Cheers, Jon Reply Local Spotlight: Bakari J.B. - Sound of Boston October 29, 2014 […] to A3C, an annual hip-hop festival in Atlanta, with a troupe of Boston’s best rappers, including Edo.G, Reks, Moe Pope, and others. The collection of hip-hop artists, who call themselves the Beantown […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.