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Boston Rap's Class of 2010

These 10 homegrown hip-hop artists are ready to graduate to the big time
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  September 19, 2010

LADY REPO
When she’s not drawing blood at Mass General, Lady Repo is pouring her own out onto paper. Born Ami Nata — or Queen Mother in Senegalese — the rapper-turned-nursing-aid is as real as they come. Repo cuts into her past like a surgeon with an honesty akin to that of Beanie Sigel. “I don’t know how to water myself down. The way I write, when people see it’s real, either they are living it or they know someone who is, and they recognize.”

Hailing from Franklin Park, the Cambridgeport rapper stands her ground when it comes to confronting entertainment standards for females in the industry: “If I don’t, what other black, fat rapper is going to?” At 26, Repo has performed in New England, Virginia, and Atlanta, and she spent nine months in California touring with Mobb Deep. Her forthcoming mixtape, Street Cleaning, is an enema for local hip-hop. “There’s a lot of garbage out there,” she says, dragging on a Newport. “We’re going to clean it up.”

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