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Cousin Stizz, Big Leano, Swoosh

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Boston has not yet exploded as a big city for up-and-coming rap artists, but Cousin Stizz, among others, is helping to put it on the map. The 25-year-old rapper has been honing his craft since he started freestyling in 2012 with local collectives and working towards his 2015 debut mixtape Suffolk County, which received over a million plays on SoundCloud, but his drive didn't stop there. He released a second mixtape, MONDA, in 2016 and released another full-length record earlier this year after signing to RCA Records. His determination, mixed with his reminiscent writing that blends lyrical honesty with stripped-down trap beats and melodies, has led to his blooming success. He prides himself on his ability to write songs that draw on his own life experiences growing up in the suburbs of Boston. Now, his success has put himself and his hometown on the map. Another Boston-based artist, Big Leano, will open the night with dreamy and hypnotic tracks from his release Tales From The Mud, alongside melodic New York-based trap rapper and A$AP Mob affiliate Swoosh. —John McCracken

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