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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

MILLYZ
Before rap came along, Millyz was a singer in his class chorus. “I just wanted to be a singer,” he says, sipping Hennessy at Riverside Pizza in Cambridge, “but I would always try to memorize what rappers said, so I could say it with them when I listened.” Growing up near Central Square, “with all the bums and crackheads and crazies,” Millyz was a white minority. “There’s nowhere that’s as culturally versatile as Cambridge,” he points out, gesturing to the bar’s clientele, which is almost entirely black and Hispanic. “Growing up here, you see there are people that sell drugs and shoot guns and there are good kids. You could just choose.”

His most recent mixtape, White Boy like Me Part 1, illustrates his past and his beloved neighborhood with a sometimes song-minded lyrical canter. Ballad raps like “That’s My Life” and “Out on a Limb” stand out for their R&B beats and emotionally charged lyrics; “White Boy like Me” and “Big Money” make the album radio-ready. He’s touring this summer and plans to drop another mixtape soon.

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