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Here Are 17 Artists From Boston You Should Listen To On 6/17

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With June 17th also representing the area code to Boston, Ma. (617), I’ve decided to put together a list of 17 songs and projects that have been released within the past six months that you should listen to by artists coming out of the city, in no particular order.

Hit the next 17 pages to check it out.

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17. BJ

Twitter: @youaintwavyy, @patdespage

Record: ‘Fine Wine’ ft. Notebook P

Building his name in the city, BJ released a record that is to last throughout the summer. With a dancehall-infused instrumental, BJ links up to Notebook P to serenade his love and let her know just how amazing his girl really is.

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16. Reem Skully

Twitter: @ReemSkully

Song: Airplane Mode

With a lot of things on his mind, Reem Skully decided to put his phone on Airplane Mode and let his pen flow. Spittin’ over Drake‘s More Life LP-cut, “Do Not Disturb,” the Boston rapper talks about slew of topics including being tired of records about lean, rappers being a facade, the stressors of being an adult and much more.

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15. Prince Smooth


Twitter: @Prince_Smooth

Song: ‘The 2 Stacks Story’ Ft. Dutchy DoBad

Aspiring to get out the street life, Prince Smooth tells a story we all know to well. With the help of Dutchy DoBad on the hook, Smooth has to make a decision of becoming legit and losing friends or staying in the streets with the chance of risking it all.

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14. Kyle Bent

Instagram: @IamKyleBent

Song: ‘6 Feet’

The perfect record for any playlist, Kyle Bent‘s “6 Feet” finds the Randolph native in his bag. Refusing to take a break until he’s six feet unfer, the rapper isn’t for the fake shit and wants you to stay out his way if you’re gonna ruin his work ethic.


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13. L0rd Ju

Record: I Will Not Flop

L0rd Ju debuted her rap career with a freestyle over Plies‘ “Rock” earlier this month. Retitling the record, “I Will Not Flop,” L0rd Ju came ou the gate firing shots to anyone who believed that she could ride a beat. More than just a pretty face, L0rd Ju is dedicated to showing you just how lethal her bars really are.

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12. Fasscoupe

Project: Hood Mascot

Twitter: @CenoAfterCeno @Fasscoupe_TCE
@FasscoupeMusic

Releasing their debut project back in 2016, Fasscoupe has laid enough groundwork in the city to branch out and make a name for themselves all over the world. Currently embarking on the Mony Powr Rspt Tour along with 1017’s Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Yung Mal & Lil Quill, Fasscoupe continues to stay true to their sound and lifestyle with their latest project, Hood Mascot. With features from Uncle Murda, Bia, Lil Baby, Duke, Jose Guapo, Tracy T & Hoodrich Pablo Juan, stream the bass thumpin’ 9-track body of work below.


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11. Wizz Dakota

Instagram: @wizzdakota

Song: ‘Could Be Better’

Project: Veintiséis EP

Boston producer/rapper Wizz Dakota is a staple in the Boston music scene. Though it’s unbelieveable that he isn’t signed to a major label, Dakota is well on his way (I give it another year).

Releasing his Veintiséis EP last month, Wiz Dakota followed up with a new record titled, “Could Be Better.” Thinking about the state of his life, Dakota counts his blessings, but knows deep down that things could be better.

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10. Spook Sleeezyyy

Instagram: sleeezyyy___

Song: We Ball

I don’t know what it is about Spook Sleeezyyy that keeps me tuned in. Maybe it’s his transperency. From being a father to being home after serving time, Sleeezyyy is always honest about what he’s going through and lays it all out on the track for world to listen. Excited to hear what he’ll deliver on his forthcoming Welcome To My Jungle mixtape.

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9. Vanni & Cash Rari

Project: ‘No Ballads From The Trap’

Released on Valentine’s Day, Vanni & Cash Rari’s No Ballads From The Trap is still receiving a good amount of plays as the weather starts to warm up. Battling between love and the street life, the duo is at crossroads in their lives and will reveal the outcomes on their solo projects scheduled to drop later this year.

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8. Dutchy DoBad

Twitter: @Dutchy_DoBad

Song: ‘More Hate’ (Fashion Remix)

Taking on Jay Critch & Rich The Kid’s “Fashion” record, Dutchy DoBad is focused on getting the bag with time and focus. Mirroring the -produced track, Dutchy add his own swag to the record and is only thinking about his next move.

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7. Plad Finesse

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Song: ‘Zebra Print’

PLAD Fine$$e has build quite the following in the city of Boston and is only getting started. Don’t let his turn up music fool you. PLAD Fine$$e is a student of the game and is a stickler for quality lyrics despite his high charisma.

In an interview, the Boston native described just how important lyrics are to him.

“Writing is important to me, but I take pride in all aspects of my music. I’d like to learn how to produce music too. I was rapping since I was like 13 but Joey’s 1999 is what made me take rapping seriously. My freshman year. I used to only rap on boom-bap beats because that’s how much he influenced me. Around the time I created “That’s Finesse,” I was trying to find myself and what made my music and my sound unique, so I stopped doing that to start crafting my own shit.”

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6. TeaMarrr

Twitter/Instagram: imaliltcup

Project: Thanks for The Chapstick EP

I’m cheating by putting TeaMarrr on the list because her project dropped in 2017, but I discovered her music [despite following her for three months] after she posted a video for her single, ‘The One.’ A breath of fresh air, TearMarr is one of the few woman doing R&B right in the city.

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5. Dae Toney

Instagram: @DaeToney

Song: All About My Money

Though much is unknown about this Boston rapper, we know that this rapper is all about her money and nothing else.


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4. Bia Javier

Project: RM22 EP.

Bia Javier sings all the things you don’t want to say outloud on her RM22 EP. Serving as a follow up to her 2017 project Circles, the strongstress endures an endless rollercoaster of a dying relationship.

I’m sure you can relate. (Sidebar: She’s like a mix of H.E.R. & Janine & The Mixtape).

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3. Austin Fair

Photo Credit: AndrewOConnell

Song: ‘MASSPIKE’

Instagram: @AustinFair

Let me unfiltered for one minute, THIS SONG IS MY SHIT. You ever put this record in the aux while driving in the whip? Woooooo bitch. Austin Fair knew what he was doing with this record. This literally needs to be on every playlist. I need to see a visual, see this played on the radio, on BET, everywhere. But on a serious note, Austin Fair is a humbled individual that is Boston’s best kept secret.


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2. HighKey Random

Song: ‘Stone Cold Stunner’

Twitter: @HighKeyRandom_

HighKey Random‘s records are catchy and make you want to flex. Especially this ‘Stone Cold Stunner’ record. Fitting right in the mainstream era of a catchy hook and creative wordplay, HighKey Random’s music will definitely have you turnt this summer.

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  1. OOMPA

Twitter: oompoutloud

Project: November 3rd

Oom Pa is not your regular degular emcee. Coming out of the city of Boston, the queer rapper has a lethal tongue that is not to be played with. After the release of her debut album November 3rd, Oom Pa already as several accolades under her belt – including, Dig Boston’s Top 30 Local Albums of 2016 and one of Allston Pudding’s Favorite albums of 2016.

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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 Scientist’s 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 where 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.”

Which 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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#MiixtapeChiickReviews Mariah The Scientist’s “Master” EP

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If you’ve ever been through a situationship, relationship, or whatever title you may have with your significant other and things didn’t work out (and you’re high key still feeling a type of way about it), Master is for you. Often times, we may feel like our friends don’t understand us while fighting our counterpart to make them understand.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but myself, when I say that trying to make a guy understand where he fucked up, how he did it, and how it made you feel, is useless when he ultimately never cared in the first place.

For a debut project via RCA Records, Mariah The Scientist certainly did the damn thing. Whether it’s questioning her self destructive habits while being fully aware of them, questioning if she’s capable of love, or being taken for granted, the 21-year-old bares all on the ten-track effort, executive produced by Tory Lanez.

You can certainly hear Lanez’s influence throughout the project, especially on “Hotel,” which is reminiscent of the end of his I Told You LP-cut, “Guns and Roses,” along with the Mansa-assisted track, “Disclosure.”

I say all that to say this: Mariah The Scientist has gained a new fan after streaming this project and I can’t wait to see what the body of work she’ll release as a debut album.

Scroll down to read by track by track reaction.

Note To Self

Here, Mariah The Scientist demonstrates self-awareness. My favorite part of the song is where she questions love. Is it real? & if so, is it even worth it? How do I even find it within myself? Judging by this song, she must be an overthinker like I am.

And they talking ’bout love, what is it?
Didn’t know it existed
Now they telling me it’s within myself
But, baby, what is love?
A figment? Tell me am I imagining shit?
Thinking about the lies I tell myself

2. In My Nightmares

I felt this record. A dude can easily become a nightmare in ways you could have never imagined.

3. Note to You

THIS SONG GOES OFF IN MY CAR. I felt every single word and have already learned all the way. You ever get sad when the one person you want to call doesn’t call, anymore? And then you get upset and ask yourself why do you even care cause he played you mad times? This song is for you (and me).

Why do I still contemplate picking up the phone when I know you used to dub me?

4. Hotel (Interlude)

As aforementioned, this record to me mirrors Lanez’s “Guns and Roses” record. However, I could be wrong. Anywho, the autotune was very fitting for this record. I could certainly relate to the words on this.

I tried my best to buy us time
And you didn’t even notice it
Now you’ll never notice it
Hard to figure out my type
When I’m focussing on you

5. Reminders

I didn’t like this record when I first heard it. I think it was because when I first heard the record, it was with the video and I was expecting something totally different. However, when I was listening to the project in the car, “Reminders” came on and I realized how I perfect it went with the EP, and it totally has Tory Lanez written all over it.

6. Thanks 4 Nothing

I easily connected to this song when I heard the opening lines. Sometimes when you get played in certain situations, the jokes on you because at some point the person told you who they were, but you didn’t wanna believe it.

Some things never change
You’re crawling under my skin
But I ain’t had no business being in my feelings

7. Beetlejuice

One of the slower records of the project, Mariah was lowkey dropping some bars on this record. “Beetlejuice” is the story of an emotional rollercoaster … more on your end than his. Having no consideration for your feelings, but you continue to follow.

8. 7am

Another song I consider a banger (ESPECIALLY THAT LAST VERSE). Sometimes you need drugs to help you feel numb. It’s bad, we know. But when love makes you feel a pain you’ve never felt, you need something to help you escape.

Out of all us in this universe, And I still chose to put you first. Said I love you and I meant it, but you can’t comprehend it anyway.

9. Disclosure (ft. Mansa)

This record introduces fellow One Umbrella artist, Mansa. Listening to his verse, he certainly could be Tory Lanez’s protege. You honestly can’t convince me otherwise. I like his response to Mariah’s prior verse and the way Mariah closes out the record.

10. Not a Love Song

My third favorite record (and by favorite, I mean I have it on repeat at least 5 times). She had bars on this record as well. If I were to introduce someone to Mariah The Scientist’s music, I’d probably play this first. But it’s the perfect outro to the project.

My mama said she saw your new bitch and she’s gorgeous.
You know how I love to avoid shit
You know how I think that the internet is poisonous
I wasn’t good at it, competition
Take your phone and go and block all of your mistresses
Guess I’m possessive or I’m sensitive
These days I don’t know what the difference is

Before becoming signed, a young Mariah The Scientist, who was known as Mariah Buckles, was asked by Rolling Stone to finish the following sentence, “When the crowd is responding to my music I know…” and Buckles replied, “I’m not alone.” The Atlanta native certainly succeded.

There are no happy records on Master which is great because sometimes you just want to be in your feelings and reminisce on what could’ve been without someone badgering you to get out of it.

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