By: Shamus Hill
BoriRock has been no stranger to the limelight when it comes to the Massachusetts music scene this year. Following the recent release of Off The Yins Vol. 1, he now has three full-length projects under his belt as the first quarter of the year comes to a close. Rather than slowing his pace -- El Hooto is picking up the speed, and this Boston based rapper shows no signs of stopping as his discography grows at an exponential rate.
Bori teamed up with Bby.Bird for the production of Off The Yins Vol. 1, and the duo, whos comprised of theworldbirdie and bby.j, laced him with some truly top-tier beats. BoriRock frequently experiments with the direction of his sound, however the path that was taken on this release is one that I'm a huge fan of. Rather than taking the traditional route of rapping over the typical beats that Hip-Hop fans are being battered with these days, Bby.Bird took it upon themselves to craft something different for BoriRock to work with. The end result was amazing, as Off The Yins Vol. 1 finely balances the thin line of sticking to one's artistic routes whilst still trying to innovate at the same time.
Featured on this tape are Massachusetts' Donald Grunge, Soap.Wav, Lord Felix, and CAEV -- all of whom have received countless spins on Mass Music Radio since the beginning of our organization. To see such a collaborative mindset amongst some of the state's most distinctive artists is amazing to see, and something that I hope continues to seep into the vast corners of the Bay State's music scene.
For those of you that follow Mass Music Radio intently, you'll note that I actually had somewhat of a listening party for Off The Yins Vol. 1 when it initially debuted this past Wednesday 3/31. Shlomo and myself were testing out the Twitch stream, and after seeing that the project had suddenly dropped out of nowhere, I decided to play it in its entirety for our viewers. If you'd like to view some of the footage, feel free to click here.