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Boston's Rap Class of 2011

A slice of area hip-hop's diverse scene — from hardcore boom-bap to frat rap
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  September 29, 2011

>> MEETDutch Rebelle's video director, Jae Williams <<

• We're an hour into Dutch Rebelle's shoot when she throws her hands in the air and tells everyone to hold on for a minute. She then pulls at the fishnet tights wedged in her crotch, and says, quite candidly, "I just gotta adjust something right here. Little bit of a problem — no big deal." Her crew laughs. "Just keeping it real," she adds.

Rebelle is no girly girl. She grew up around rough cousins in Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Brockton, "gravitating to guys because girls were scared of me." Between that experience — plus being born in Haiti and raised in Milton — Dutch said she can fit in anywhere, including in a male-dominated genre.

As the founding member of the female-focused business network Black Roses, the entrepreneurial MC says she considers Missy Elliot her greatest rap role model. "I just have a different perspective," says Rebelle, distinguishing herself from her peers. "I can rap about things that guys can't rap about, or I can take another position and present a [female] voice that's not Nicki Minaj."

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