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12 Massachusetts Artists To Watch In 2018

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In the city of Boston, some may that the town is too small to ever make something of yourself – so, they revert to moving to bigger cities like New York City or Los Angeles to make it. However, what they fail to understand is if you can’t get love in your own city, you’ll never make it anywhere.

Following the groundwork of BIACousin Stizz, Gio Dee, and several others, these artists have laid the foundation of their music career in the one city they know and love. Later moving to Los Angeles for business purposes, they’ve always returned home to show their city some love.

Joyner Lucas has also made a name for himself hailing from the central part of Massachusetts. After killing his part in the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, it’s been up for the Worcester naive ever since. Earning the respect of industry OGs while sparking conversation with his most controversial record yet, “I’m Not Racist,” Lucas doesn’t allow the spotlight to deter him from his long-term goals.

As these artists continue to lay the groundwork for those who come after them, here are twelve Massachusetts artists you should watch closely this year.

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We Saw Mariah the Scientist at Big Night Live

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On Tuesday, we attended Mariah the Scientist‘s ‘The Experimental Tour‘ stop at Big Night Live in Boston.

Just a day after it was announced that Young Thug and YSL were named in a 56-count indictment, the Atlanta songstress came out to her Ry Ry World album cut, “Revenge” dawned in a “Free Thugger” shirt. In front of a sold-out crowd, Mariah seemed a little down while performing the record but began warming up to the crowd as time went on. She also waved and interacted with fans numerous times which made the experience a lot more personal and special.

@miixtapechiick #mariahthescientist #mariahthescientistconcert #mariahthescientisttour ♬ Revenge – Mariah the Scientist

Mariah performed a 30-minute set that ended up being extended to 45 once fans looked at her crazy for saying she was almost done. She performed our personal favorites, “Brain,” “R.I.P.” and “Spread Thin,” just to name a few, and also dedicated her record “2 You” to Thugger himself.

We were a little sad to hear she canceled the Meet & Greet as we’ve been fans since the release of her “To Die For” EP, but it was a great concert, nonetheless. She’s improved a lot vocally and has much more of a stage presence this year than at previous shows.

Check out our quick compilation of the concert below and be sure to purchase a ticket to one of her shows if you can!

@miixtapechiick Saw #MariahTheScientist in #Boston.#FindYourEdge #RyRyWorld #YoungThug #YSL#BigNightLive #bignightliveboston #BucklesLab#Selkcub ♬ 2 You – Mariah the Scientist
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MiixtapeChiick Presents: Mixtapes of The Decade

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At the beginning of the decade, the release of mixtapes were at an all-time high and we were further introduced (or reintroduced) to artists who now reign as legends: Fabolous (“There Is No Competition 2”), Lil Wayne (“No Ceilings,” “Sorry 4 The Wait”), Nipsey Hussle (“Crenshaw,” “The Marathon,” “Mailbox Money”), Kendrick Lamar (“Overly Dedicated”), Meek Mill (“Dreamchasers”), Jeezy (“Trap or Die 2”) and J.Cole (“Friday Night Lights”), just to name a few. However, as the years went by, the meaning of mixtapes began to change.

After the Atlanta raid and arrest of DJ Drama and Don Cannon in an investigation by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the organization responsible for certifications of albums, on allegations of bootlegging records onto mixtapes, these projects slowly began being capitalized off record labels, as artists were no longer rapping on a Hot 100 single, but instead rapping over original beats, as a method of getting out of their label’s contract.

In 2015, Fabolous restored the feeling with his Summetime Shootout mixtape with Tory Lanez to follow after with Chixtape 3. Shifting the culture into a much better place where bars began to matter again, Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex started a freestyle series, that can be seen exclusively on Youtube, further reminding us that lyrics matter.

Though the lines of what a mixtape is and what an album is have become blurred, we’ll never forget what it used to be.

In partnership with Dinnerland, Boston’s own miixtapechiick asked the opinions of artists, editors and journalists what their favorite mixtape of the decade was and why.

See what they had to say below.

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How Mariah The Scientist’s ‘MASTER’ Album Saved Me from Me

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Love songs don’t sound the same anymore. With the exception of Jhene Aiko, Snoh Alegra, Sabrina Claudio, H.E.R., and a few others, most songs are focused on getting back together versus spending permanent time apart. Though I’ve reviewed the project on my personal site, I wanted to write how much Mariah The Scientists MASTER project has truly helped me.

Through feeling guilty about the decisions I’ve made the past couple of years, I’ve discovered the first part of moving on is owning up to my self-destructive ways. Pride is one hell of a drug. Imagine not owning up to your shit because you don’t want to be the bigger person; but then again, everything isn’t always your fault. There comes a time in life when you start to realize not only forgiveness is for yourself, but it doesn’t require a reconnection with the other party.

I was never shown what love looked like. Romantic films gave me an idea, but when I started going through my own journey, I soon realized that everything was a fairytale and the guys I was going for was a reflection of how I felt about myself. I lacked self-love and was constantly looking for a void to fill. I never thought of myself as having control of any situation and has even gotten to a point where I believe love doesn’t really exist.

“What is love? A figment? Tell me am I imagining shit? Thinking about the lies I tell myself.”

“Note to Self” was the drag I needed and helped me see just how toxic I was towards myself and I’ve always wondered if that was something people saw when they first approached me. However, when listening to “Note to You,” you realize the actions of others formed who you are today and not everything is completely your fault … but, the signs were always there.

“Hard to figure out my type, when I’m focusing on you.”

This brings us to “Hotel (Interlude).” Though only 46 seconds, Mariah talks about her efforts going unnoticed and never exploring her options because she’s stuck on one person and doesn’t know what she would go for if she were to let go. This interlude, believe it or not, saved me from the suicidal thought I had been experiencing, along with “Thanks 4 Nothing” and “Not a Love Song.”

However, “7Am” saved me the most. Imagine getting high on top of high because you didn’t want to feel anything anymore. That’s where I was, probably still am. But “7Am” reminded me of all of my triggers and realizing there was nothing I could have done differently to make someone reciprocate feelings that I’ve felt all along. I listen to this song every morning during my commute to work. It sometimes makes me question what a letter sounds like would if I decided to end it all. But I always remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I just haven’t reached it yet.

Finally, there’s “Disclosure.” A record that helps you come to the realization that closure doesn’t always come. Even when you try to rectify a situation a thousand times, sometimes the outcome is always the same. Though it was something that I always found myself obsessing over, I realized that I thought forgiveness was for everyone else but myself. I used to hate when people would say things like, “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Maybe because while I was in bed sulking and being suicidal, the other person had moved on like I never existed.

Mariah The Scientist’s MASTER album saved me from me. While I do sometimes find it hard to breathe and the world is crashing, this project helped me realize that I wasn’t the only person feeling resentment and trying to move on by practicing forgiveness.

Originally posted on BLUNTIQ.

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