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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

 

CERTIFIED G’Z
When Young Don rocked the Fletcher Middle School in Cambridge in eighth grade, his best friend, Chris, soon to become Chief C, wasn’t about to let him get all the attention. The two have been rapping together ever since. Their first mixtape as Certified G’z, Fly Boyz, was “about a whole lot of nothing,” says Don, who recently finished a one-year prison sentence. “It was about being young, selling drugs, getting money, and being on top of the world.” Chief C chimes in: “We felt invincible.”

Now back and more mature, they dropped the mixtape Industry Takeover Vol. 1 in early May to tease their forthcoming album, Set the City on Fire. Both got a boost from the duo’s long-time friend and in-house producer, J Cardim. And if anyone can bring them to the level where they deserve to be playing, it’s Cardim, a Boston beat prodigy who taught the duo how to make music, and who’s worked with the likes of Ludacris, Termanology, and Joe Budden.

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