Old gold

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 5, 2009

Wasted Talent's motivation is imagination. As a scenester DJ who watches hipster scenes flourish around Boston, Foley is determined to avoid rap clichés. "While we want to rap, we don't want to be a slave to it," he says, and he refuses to book shows with other hip-hop acts. Adds Nabo: "Paul definitely has me going out of my realm a bit — there's even one song where I'm being really nice to the ladies. He kept telling me that I could do it, but I really didn't think I could."

When I first mentioned this article to Wasted Talent and the Dunnas — the duos loosely know each other — my intention was to write about the prominent misogynistic white-rap scene in the Bean. Even when both groups balked at the idea, I still liked it. Only when we sat for brews and interviews did I realize that, despite the hilarity and degeneracy that often fuel their processes, their stamina has little to do with melanin or chauvinism.

"We have no idea what kind of music we'll make next, and we're not concerned with how many CDs get sold," says Nabo. "I'll be putting out records on iTunes when I'm 60. I don't fucking give a shit, dude — I'm having a ball. I would like to become a professional wrestler, though."

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