It’s 2021 and I can’t stop listening to PLUGG

Where were you the first time you heard “Broke Boi”? For me, Playboi Carti’s entrance on that song paired with producer MexikoDro’s seismic drop opened the doors to a world of online music. Carti, Warhol.ss, Uno, Fauni and, of course, the BeatPluggz producer collective. Back then, their beats sounded like nothing else. Blown-out, blissed-out collisions of Atlanta … Read more

Best Music, 2020

Publications’ year-end rankings are supposed to carry authority and personality. They should argue passionately for a specific picture of the year in music. But what actually tends to happen is some sort of muted compromise around event releases and genre tokenism. In the last few years, this truth has shown itself even more as people’s … Read more

MA Rap, 2020

We’ve heard a lot about the death of live music this year, but to what extent does that affect a rap scene like MA’s in which many of the artists never had access to those spaces in the first place? It’s been well documented that Boston rappers have historically been shut out of venues due … Read more

MA Rap, 2019

Another one from the old Substack: 2019 was years ago but here’s a list. Connis – Conn(is) This album will always feel like my last semester of college. Trip after trip down Rt. 2 (road road road rest stop road road field road cows…) feeling like MA is empty and everything, not knowing where I’d … Read more