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An emcee from the Steel City who's passed mics to Black Rob and Sean Price alike, says he's out to broaden horizons.

Whether Wiz Khalifa or Pittsburgh Slim, the Steel City got a foothold in the game in the Double-O-Seven. With that current attention comes a new class of talent that's ready and waiting for the check-writers, tour stops and visionary A&Rs.

Twenty-two year-old Boaz just might be that dude. As part of The Govament, a longstanding Pittsburgh rap outfit, remembered by some for a misunderstanding with Jim Jones a few years back, Boaz seems to have a unique swagger. He can rhyme alongside Black Rob in one verse, and Sean Price in the next. From a city still deciding on whether it meets the midwest thump, the down south club or the east coast grit, Boaz carves a lane more aligned with the esteemed rappers of the '90s than the later trend-watchers.

With his The Phenomenal mixtape making much noise, and a critical cosign from Urb magazine, Boaz, whose name means strength, might be well-armored for the fight to fit into a crowded marketplace. DXnext shows you why.

Pittsburgh, PA.

Sentence: Twelve years, having picked up his pen when he was only 10 to write his first rhyme.

Most Influential Person in Hip-Hop: Jay-Z,


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