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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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• Rite Hook often gets tagged to the likes of death-rap icons like Necro and Tech N9ne — not to mention Boston hardcore king Slaine. Yet the Worcester-bred MC recently found another side of himself. "I was sober for the second time and kind of sad," he says, "and I was listening to Jeff Buckley. He was 27 when he died, and I just liked his story and what he did with his voice."

Hook recently trained his vocal chords with the same intensity he applies to his lats — in the shower, around the house, at the train station, whenever. "One time I was belting it out in this subway station and a guy came down the stairs and caught me," he says. "I felt like an idiot." Still he stuck it out on this new path, which has brought him to crushing shows with live bands.

"I closed that chapter," Hook says about the time between his 2009 debut, Eye Assume Damage, and the experience of recording newer tracks. "It's a constant struggle, but it's enabled me to accept things about myself that I wasn't able to accept before: I'm a drug addict, and I just didn't want to let go of certain relationships in my life."

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