23 Best Massachusetts Rappers, From Boston & Other Cities

Massachusetts isn’t as famous in the rap scene as its neighboring state of New York. You’ll hardly hear rappers hailing from the Old Bay State. Nonetheless, numerous talented rappers made a name for themselves in hip-hop over the years.

Here’s a look into the best Massachusetts rappers.

Joyner Lucas

Joyner Lucas

Born in Worcester, there’s no other rapper who’s more famous in Massachusetts than Joyner Lucas. Lucas started rapping early in his childhood, thanks to his father’s influence. However, it was not until 2015, when he released “Ross Capicchioni,” that people started recognizing his songwriting and rapping prowess.

Joyner released another massive hit in 2017 with “I’m Not Racist.” The track instantly went viral and helped him garner more mainstream acclaim. The video received a Grammy nomination for “Best Music Video.” Ever since, he’s worked with numerous artists, including Chris Brown, Young Thug, Logic, and Fabulous.

Bia

Bia

Bia is a female rapper from Medford, MA. She first appeared on Oxygen’s reality TV show “Sisterhood of Hip Hop.”  In 2014, she joined Pharrell’s “I Am Other” label in association with RCA Records.

Bia released her debut EP, Nice Girls Finish Last, in 2018. Many culture lovers know her for featuring on J Balvin’s 2016 single “Safari” and Russ’ “Best on Earth.” After signing for a new label in 2020, Bia released her 2nd EP Bia’s breakthrough on the Billboard charts after featuring Nicki Minaj on her remix for “Whole Lotta Money.”

Guru

Guru

Keith Edward Elam, widely recognized by his stage moniker Guru, is a Roxbury-born record producer and rapper. Guru co-founded the hip-hop duo Gang Starr along with DJ Premier. Although their first three albums didn’t receive much attention, their later works, including 1998’s “Moment of Truth” and “A Decade of Gang Starr,” received Gold certifications.

Guru’s debut solo record, “Baldhead Slick & da Click,” peaked at #22 on the R&B/Hip Hop album charts. American digital media group, Dotdash Meredith, ranked Guru amongst their Top 50 MCs of this time.

Tha Trademarc

Tha Trademarc

Peabody-born rapper Marc Predka, better known as “Tha Trademarc,” rose to fame after collaborating with his cousin, John Cena, on the album “You Can’t See Me.” Furthermore, he paired with Cena for his WWE entrance theme song, “The Time Is Now.”

Tha Trademarc also starred alongside Cena in the videos for the tracks “Right Now” and “Bad Bad Man.” Before then, he was featured on Cena’s debut WWE DVD, Word Life. Notably, he released his debut solo album, Inferiority Complex, in 2008.

Reks

Reks

Reks emerged from the underground rap culture in Lawrence, MA. “Along Came The Chosen,” his first underground album, was nominated by the Boston Music Awards for the “Album Of The Year.” Reks has produced eight more albums and featured on other mixtapes and albums.

In his teenage years, Reks was a breakdancer who was part of the local crew known as “FunkTown Connection.” After establishing himself in the rap scene, he quit Uni to start recording with Brick Records.

Ed O.G.

Ed O.G.

Edward Anderson was brought up in Massachusetts’s predominantly black working-class district of Roxbury. He initially identified himself as Ed Rock and began his career as a teenager in the late 1980s as part of the crew known as FTI. (Fresh To Impress.)

Edo is one of the best Boston rappers, thanks to how he revolutionized the rap scene in Massachusetts. He was the first to gain popularity in New York and other states across the US Besides, Ed has worked with numerous rap artists worldwide, including Peter Rock, KRS-One, Masta Ace, and more.

Yung Lano

Yung Lano

Independent rap artist Yung Lano hails from Hyde Park, Massachusetts. He borrowed inspiration to start rapping from his brother, a rapper, and father, a respectable Boston DJ. Spending the time to learn and perfect his art, he discovered his voice, which revolves around adaptable melodic flows and hip-hop undertones.

Lano’s flexibility blended each facet of his creativity on beats to produce songs that accelerated the growth of his fan following. Lan’s lyrics mastery is evident on his debut album “Revenue II.” 

Termanology

Termanology

Daniel Carrillo, better known as Termanology, enjoyed his breakthrough in 2006 with the track “Watch How It Goes Down.” Termanology has had co-signs from various East Coast OG from the 1990s, including DJ Premier, Large Professor, Bun B, and MOP.

Termanology’s works mainly center on political elements. He continues to reign in the Boston underground scene with street-savvy lyrics.

Akrobatik

Akrobatik

Akrobatik is a Boston, Massachusetts-based rapper from the Dorchester neighborhood. After signing with Boston-based Detonator Records label, he released his debut track, “Ruff Enough.” He also released follow-up tracks like “Say Yes Say Word” and “Internet MCs.”

Akrobatik’s tracks have been featured on TV series like ESPN’s “Playmakers,” HBO’s “The Wire,” and other films. His 2003 album “Balance” ranked #4 on CMJ Holdings Corp. Akrobatik is also a member of the hip-hop group known as “The Perceptionists.”

Slaine

Slaine

George Carroll, better known as Slaine, hails from Boston, MA. Slaine’s initial goal was to become a filmmaker. Unfortunately, he was expelled from school and started rapping at street corners and open mics. His earlier works borrowed heavily from Kool Moe Dee, the Beastie Boys, and LL Cool J.

Carroll became popular in Boston’s underground rap scene in the early 2000s. He released several mixtapes and, in 2007, worked with his crew “Special Teamz” on the LP “Stereotypez.” In 2011, Carroll released his debut solo record, “A World with No Skies,” which was a massive success on the charts.

Oompa

Oompa

Growing up in Boston, Oompa was exposed to various genres, including Reggae, Funk, Disco, and Gospel, from a tender age. As she grew older, Oompa progressively fell in love with Hip-Hop. However, Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city” inspired young talent to seek a rap career.

In 2016, Oompa started establishing herself with her fascinating flows. A year later, she clinched the Women of the World Poetry Slam and performed alongside 24KGoldn, Rico Nasty, and Charli XCX. More mainstream success came in 2019 after Oompa released her debut album, Cleo.

Millyz

Millyz

Boston-based rapper Millyz infuses his life experiences into his raps, presenting them with accuracy and deep emotion. Starting in the late 2010s and heading into the following decade, he gained popularity for his continuous Blanco mixtape.

Millyz ventured into music to respond to a diss track about him. Although he had no rapping experience, everybody who listened to his “response” track urged him to continue. One of his fans later referred him to DJ Set Free, who was working to put together tapes for local hip-hop talent. Since then, Millyz has released several mixtapes and regularly performs at live concerts.

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  1. There are DEFINITELY ALOT MORE talented MCs from Mass that were left out of this list. EASY MONEY, who is part of Terminology’s crew, repping HELL TOWN, aka Haverhill, Ma is a problem on the mic. Also many more talented spitters from Lawrence, M-Bully, Progress, ST.Da Squad, King Ace D’General from Dorchester, King Pun. And also repping ThaD. 7981 Kal, G Fredo, FREE 7981 and G FREDO, and all of HSM. If anyone wants to hear talented artists look Underground in MASS music and you will not be disappointed, so much talent that just doesn’t get the credit or airplay that they truly deserve. And let’s not forget about the pioneer of North of Boston rap. SCIENTIFIC. RIP.
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