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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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• Sean Hines didn't want to be a rapper. Instead he was an athlete, a student, and a part-time hustler who never thought much about the music game. But when you're born into it like him, connected by proximity to the Rushin Embassy — crew home of the esteemed likes of Smoke Bulga and the recently passed Roc Dukati — sometimes decisions are made for you.

"My cousin Jamal knew them from the neighborhood," Hines says of the Embassy entourage. "We all sort of grew up in Roxbury together, and we keep a tight circle, and when they were working their [first] Rushya Roulette mixtape, they told me to write a verse." That was two years ago, and Hines has been writing since.

Hines recently dropped his solo debut, Roxbury: The Sean Hines Story, along with a short film that he says "pays homage to the victims of senseless violence, and shows people on the other side of Boston what it looks like from over here." No doubt his first single sprayed that message, since Hines teamed with his crewmate Hit and Roxbury stalwart Edo G to remake the legendary Hub anthem "I Got To Have It."

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