Outside of the usual suspects of veteran Boston artists which include CZARFACE’s Esoteric and DJ 7L, Slaine, tastemaker Frank The Butcher and Statik Selektah, there is a new wave of rappers who are poised and ready to help replant the Boston flag into Hip-Hop’s terra firma.
The South End native first popped up here at the DopeHouse in 2014 with his single “Friday,” featuring fellow Bostonian Michael Christmas. Over the course of the next two years, Avenue garnered himself a decent following, with many pointing out his unwavering integrity and a necessity to put out some of the finest raps just north of New York.
It wasn’t until late 2016 however, when folks started paying closer attention as Avenue started his campaign toward his new full-length project, Mass Ave & Lenox.
Set off by a string of heavy singles, including “Party’s Over (Ringing Off),” “Nobody,” “27 Reasons,” “Nobody pt. 2,” “Harry The Greek’s,” and more recently, “Ain’t Sh*t Funny,” the new album—recorded in Deep Blue Studios in Worcester—is packed with a dizzying display of showmanship and lyricism, backed by production from Cooking To Kill (Frank The Butcher and The Arcitype).
At just 15-tracks deep, Mass Ave & Lenox, which features Deon Chase, Smoke DZA, Royce 5’9″, Ariez Onasis, Slumdog Hill and more can be streamed below, or purchased through iTunes.