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  • HipHopDX Aug. 13, 2012
  • Shake of 2dopeboyz June 22, 2011
  • Chris Faraone of Boston Phoenix May 25, 2011
    Let's be honest. For the past decade or so, there have essentially been two Greater Boston hip-hop scenes — one for which the audience is black, and one for which the audience is not-so-black. As in many cities, the black scene is typically called "street," while whiteboys use the term "underground" to describe their tastes. This reality has historically been too taboo to touc... (Read More)
  • Martin Caballero of Boston Herald June 5, 2010
    By Martin Caballero Saturday, June 5, 2010 - Updated 2 years ago E-mail Print (5) Comments Text size Share It’s time for the Celtics [team stats] to rally. After losing Thursday night’s game to the hated Los Angeles Lakers, the guys in green need to step up if they’re going to win a record 18th NBA title. The article you requested has been archived - caballeroherald@gmail.com Advertisement (Read More)
  • NewEnglandHipHop June 2, 2010
    Click to enlarge Cambridge based rappers E-Flash and V-Knuckles of NBS (Natural Born Spitters) show their love and support for the Boston Celtics with this new street anthem "Who Are We?" (The Celtics) produced by Boston beatmaker C-Lance, who is fresh off of his release with Beanie Sigel & Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks. The Celtics as you all know will make a run at their 18th NBA Championship banner as they begin the finals on June 3rd against long time rivals the L.A. Lakers. The beat... (Read More)
  • Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports June 2, 2010
    With the possible exception of Ayn Rand's Rush-inspiring 1938 novella, it's universally accepted that anthems are great fun, both to create and to hear. In "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," Jay-Z opined that anthems can spur us to throw our damn hands up; several years later, Maryland-based bummers Good Charlotte did the same, except with guitars, guyliner and pretending to be friends with guys like Jay-Z. When you add sports into the equation, though, the anthem thing can get tricky (I think we're all s... (Read More)
  • Chris Faraone of Boston Phoenix June 1, 2010
    One of my Phoenix editors made a good point the other day: Where the hell are all the Celtics theme songs? Isn't that what rappers are for? Just a few days later the almighty Cambridge N.B.S. crew came through with an absolute banger. Right-click and save-as below to bump this track in your car through the finals. I'd like to see some hella laid back Cali cats come back at this one. DOWNLOAD:NBS, "Who Are We (The Celtics)" [mp3] (Read More)
  • Shake of 2dopeboyz May 17, 2010
    This song was originally off of the Queensbridge to Crimebridge compilation put out by DJ Beast and Block617 Records which placed a number of up and coming artists from Cambridge, MA with artists from the Queensbridge Area (collaborations included Nas, Tragedy Khadafi, Infamous Mobb, Mobb Deep, and Nature). Because of a number of studio mishaps the lined up collaboration originally planned for N.B.S. couldn’t be made in time for the release date and this feature with one of Detriots greate... (Read More)
  • Patrick Taylor of RapReviews March 1, 2010
    Although this is the first album by Boston MCs the Natural Born Spitters, they aren't rookies to hip-hop. The duo of Imam "E'Flash" Bilal-Firmin and Rahim "V Knuckles" Muhammad have been on the mixtape scene for a while now, and if their songs can be believed, they've toured the world. "The Prelude" was originally released as a DJ Peter Parker hosted mixtape ... (Read More)
  • George P. Hassett of WickedLocal Aug. 5, 2009
    The song opens with President Obama's "Cambridge police acted stupidly" remark repeated four times. From there, everyone involved in the Henry Gates incident - Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr., Sgt. James Crowley and the Cambridge Police Department - is in equal danger of being ridiculed in rhyme. "CPD" is the scathing response of Cambridge rap duo NBS -- Natural Born Spitters -- to the worldwide attention the city received after Gates was arrested by Crowley on July 16 outside his home. "When... (Read More)
  • Lauren Carter of Boston Herald Aug. 4, 2009
    Here are some extras from my interview with Flash and Knuckles of NBS (Natural Born Spitters), who recorded “CPD” in response to the Gatesgate saga: On Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s lack of involvement in the community: “Louis Gates, I just know him from being the token black dude who’s just kind of basically a sellout,” said rapper Knuckles. “He never came in the community. He’s such a prominent figure, you would expect him to be in the teen centers sometimes, giving speeches ... (Read More)