Notable Artists: Guru, Statik Selektah, Reks, Termanology, Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, Ed O.G., Slaine, Benzino, Sammy Adams, Cam Meekins, Dutch ReBelle, Charmingly Ghetto, Moufy, Michael Christmas
Most Underrated Artist: Reks
Most Underrated Contribution: The Source

For fans of late '80s and early '90s hip-hop, the Boston area has plenty of significance as the hometown of legendary Gang Starr MC Guru, underground favorite Ed O.G., and groundbreaking magazine The Source. On the other hand, the city's biggest mainstream commercial hope, Benzino, is probably best known now for using that magazine, which he held a stake in, to carry out an extensive campaign slandering Eminem in the early 2000s.

Fortunately, Boston's hip-hop appeal has always been more about its thriving underground than radio spins anyway, with artists like Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, Termanology, Slaine (of La Coka Nostra), and Reks all building sizeable followings for their brand of clever lyricism. The area's massive college community ensures a large, reliable audience for both local shows and touring acts while also serving as an incubator for new talent. With a strong crop of new artists beginning to find some traction locally, Boston's tight-knit scene remains one worth paying attention to.