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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

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• Cam Meekins spent the summer following his senior year of high school like most suburbanites: chilling, smoking weed on the beach, and pounding Natty Ice in basements. Unlike most of his college-bound counterparts, though, Meekins is now packing to go study music from inside a studio, as he negotiates a multi-million dollar deal with Atlantic Records.

Though he's ridden on the coattails of Sam Adams — who dominated iTunes last year with a similar brand of weeded suburb raps — Meekins says he's hardly a carbon copy of Boston's Boy. Sure, they share a producer in Matty Trump, but Meekins says that he's more of a storyteller, whereas Adams sounds more "electronic and poppy."

Although he knows that critics love to hate the frat-rap subgenre he dabbles in, Meekins eschews new-jack clichés, and claims to respect the roots of hip-hop. "You shouldn't not make the music you like because of where or when you happen to be born," he says. "I'm making music with my friends, for my friends. I try not to think about any of that other stuff."

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BORN | Terrence Nugent
HOOD | Worcester to Boston
LEAST LIKELY INFLUENCE | Sade
FAVORITE BOSTON ARTIST OR GROUP | "Me"
OUT NOW | Draw You In (mixtape)
DOWNLOAD NOW | "She's Crazy"
WATCH FOR | "Lots of music videos"

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