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Boston Rap's Class of 2010

These 10 homegrown hip-hop artists are ready to graduate to the big time
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  September 19, 2010

URBAN NERDZ
It’s a slow, hot Sunday afternoon in Jamaica Plain when I meet the Urban Nerdz by the Stony Brook station. Bouffard Malory keeps jumping up and screaming at the sight of every passing bumble bee; Kay Special alternates between sitting and standing every few minutes; Ace BooGie casually places one leg in the air. It’s a strange act, but the trio’s eclectic, semi-random, sometimes chaotic collective demeanor is just what you’d expect from their moniker and their music. “People always say our music is good, but it’s different,” says Special, standing and looking down at me, “but that’s exactly what we want — to be different.”

Bou, the group’s DJ, set the tone on their first mixtape, B Sides: The Intermission, with “beats that have so much in them that you can’t call it hip-hop anymore.” Transfer Students promises to crank the volume with diverse sounds and samples coupled with Ace’s comic and ironic lyrics, Kay’s fluid rhymes, and Bou’s throwback flow. “This body of work will separate us from the typical Boston rap scene,” says Kay, now sitting. “Not to knock Boston hip-hop, which is great, but we’re coming in second semester, throwing a monkey wrench in the game.”

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