Most of the time Boston is synonymous with sports and controversy and championships. Hate if you want—as a Baltimore Raven’s fan I have much hatred in my heart—but it’s the undeniable truth, Boston—and by extension the New England area—are winners. That is until you mention Hip-Hop. Other than Statik Selektah, Benzino and Marky Mark (Feel it, feel it!), there has never been that much noise coming from our northern brethren.
However, one emcee is vying to change your perspective of what Hip-Hop means in Boston. And no, I’m not talking about John Cena. His name is Vann and this Massachusetts native has the bars and the charisma to make you forget everything you ever thought about the Boston Hip-Hop scene. Grey Area, Vann’s newest project, brings soulful, introspective lyrics, polished delivery and dope ass instrumentals into a complete package that harkens to K. Dot’s .section80 project mashed up with Drake's Take Care. Spanning 18 tracks with production by standouts Roca Beats, Wayvee and King Yosef, Grey Area is a front to back effort worth a few listens. Maybe Tom Brady can take a listen and remember how to win (I couldn’t help it…)