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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

BAY HOLLA
In the modern entertainment industry, Bay Holla is a Renaissance woman. Rapper, model, actress, philanthropist, street worker, manager, community organizer, and comedian, the Roxbury native is like an urban Rubik’s Cube. “I’m looking to make music,” she says, “but at the end of the day, I do everything. There are other sides of me that I want to express.”

Her upcoming album, The Chosen One, reintroduces Holla, who first cut her teeth in 1997 with the Michael Bivens–produced group Boston’s Top Ten. Set to be released this August in time for her birthday (the 14th), it will define her transition from “the gangsta thing” to more mature, multifaceted entrepreneur. “I just jumped on the HIV campaign. I’m doing charity drives, benefits at schools, and all across town — who else is doing that? No one can say to me I haven’t made it. Look at what I’m doing.”

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