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Boaz, Selling a Dream

Selling A Dream

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Nearly a year after releasing his debut album, The Audio Biography, Pittsburgh rapper Boaz is still hustling hard to make a major impact outside the Steel City. On his latest mixtape, Selling A Dream, he’s once again focused on chronicling the cold hardships of trying to make it in the music business.

Rather than resort to chintzy gimmicks, club songs or tracks aimed at pleasing a mass audience, Boaz is effective staying in his lane, focusing on spinning tales of his hard knock life. On the soulful “Big Business,” he utilizes interspersed samples of hip-hop’s ultimate hustler, Jay-Z, to take a close look at his career. He audaciously raps, “Could care less about all the rappers you heard before me/Ain’t none of ’em working with me, ain’t none of ’em working for me.” Over an infectious sped-up sample on “Slow Down,” Big Bo’ recants stories about his high school years and provides an uplifting message for the current crop of teens. He’s also particularly adept at creating hustler’s anthems, which he displays on the catchy Statik Selektah-produced “What You Know About” and the ambitious “Gettin’ My Money.”

Selling A Dream runs into trouble when Boaz sounds a little too concerned with moving weight. On the second half of the mixtape, he devotes four straight songs (“Back Like Cooked Crack,” “24, 23,” “Work,” and “Incarcerated Scarfaces”) to rapping about kilos and grams. None of these tracks are particularly bad, but they’re not nearly as effective as songs like the introspective “One More Wish,” where Boaz reminisces about things from his past he wishes he could change. When he’s slinging that kind of product on Selling A Dream, it’s hard not to buy into it. —Chris Yuscavage

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  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=74038 knc

    this is my nigga real talk he should def be known more hes one of the best out right now

  • http://www.twitter.com/fasteddie412 Fast Eddie Productions

    This new Boaz is that shit! Deserved at least an XL if you ask me…LIVE FROM THE 412!

  • tronthadon

    Imma check him just on tha strenght of him smokin tha big ass blunt lol

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  • tronthadon

    I fuck wit Wiz he from tha same place so imma give homie a try

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  • http://www.myspace.com/thatrackbully Big Jus The Track Bully

    Boaz is like Nas mixed wit Jeezy! he’s the truth!! PGH STAND UP

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=74038 A-mich

    this shit goes hard im fukn with this nigga hes ill

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=74038 get mula

    my nigga boaz his cd he dropped last year was one of the best in 09

  • DRO

    he’s the voice of the streets in da burgh and the voice of his hood and my hood LARMIER nigga throw ya LA’s up 412

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  • East Hillz State

    Boaz is one of the realist niggaz in da burgh he shoulda had da XXL they dont know bout yah boi Fast Eddie yall need to watch out pittsbugh is on da map now…412 15221 get it PGH Shout out To Fast Eddie, Juliano Mac Miller Smallz Money Wiz Khalifa The Whole Taylor Gang My F-Block Niggaz G-Fam Tolly Clyde D, My nigga K-Da5H and U*P*S* my King Pinz boiz… Free Hard Tymes, my nigga SK, 1,2, Bless, Da P, Owey, and Belvy…… Live From Da 412 vol.1-6 412 keep doing yah thing

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    Point Blank Productions/GOVAMENT GANG