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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

FARDAAD
Of all the artists in this spotlight, Fardaad’s segue into hip-hop makes the least sense. The Suffolk Law student started recording only three years ago, with one mic hooked up to his home computer, and he’s yet to put together a MySpace or Facebook profile, let alone a mixtape. “I’ve always been rapping, though,” says the Iranian-born MC who raps in both English and Farsi. “And I’ve been writing for forever.”

Fardaad’s voice is memorably raspy (think Buck 65 during story time), and his raps are witty, political, often ironic darts spooned over raw and understated beats. Granted, he has a New-York-circa-’97 mentality when it comes to hip-hop — and that despite his being educated, middle-class, and proudly Persian. He says his law degree will help him to start his own record label, which he hopes to launch as early as next year. In the meantime, he’s on the hunt for DJs and producers who are willing to collaborate on some forward-thinking, internationally inspired projects.

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