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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

CONCEP
Concep sits in the corner of the Orleans bar and restaurant in Somerville (where I’ve been a waitress for more than two years) on nights when his brother Derrick works the door. Mostly, he’s soft-spoken and keeps to himself, and when he said he rapped, I wasn’t sure what to expect, since he doesn’t sport the arrogant swag that most MCs wear like fur-collar coats. “I want to be someone who people can relate to in everyday life. I use a lot of my life experiences, and I see what other people are going through.”

Born in Roxbury, Concep was raised in Cambridge, where he first started rhyming. With a scholarship to NYU, he planned to continue rapping and study music production and film. But before he could attend college, a police raid on his house landed him in jail for three months and lost him the scholarship. “I always think about how my life could be if that didn’t happen.” Now, Concep works as a carpenter to pay his bills. His upcoming album, Thus Far, is his first solo project after four years in the group G-Hard.

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