Boston’s South End/Lower Roxbury probably looks a rough spot to call home from an outside perspective, but the pressure and challenges one encounters while living there is exactly why the area cultivates massive amounts of creative people of all types. This particular part of Boston isn’t exactly dandelions and daises and you probably won’t see many shots of it in brochures, but there’s much more to it than what meets the eye. One local lyricist is out to change the area’s stereotype by showcasing his home through 15 we-ll constructed tracks on an album conveniently titled Mass Ave & Lenox. After a long wait and a slew of hot singles – including “Ain’t Shit Funny” and “Party’s Over (Ringing Off)” – Avenue‘s full project is now available on all digital outlets.
“Avenue saw all of the harshnesses the inner city had to offer then focused on breaking down the intricate machinations involved with the world of hustling. While captivated by the constant activity and scrambling on the block, he was equally fixated on making a way out. There’s an unavoidable ugliness in street life but Avenue finds the beauty in it, draws it out of his own life experiences and effectively relays it to the listener.”
The all-star cast featured on Mass Ave & Lenox spans both features such as Royce 5’9, Smoke DZA, Ariez Onasis, Deon Chase & Prano; and production from the likes of Cooking to Kill (Frank The Butcher & The Arcitype) Dj7L (Czarface), Joe Cutz, Latrell James & Tedd Boyd, D. Sanders, OG Wally West & Rico Sauve. Avenue does an excellent job covering all bases of his youth growing up here, weaving in and out of personal experiences – school, relationships, drugs, police, etc. – and painting intensely accurate pictures of the landscape for listeners. I zoned out while listening to this and, before I knew it, it was being ran back and listened to again.
Purchase “Mass Ave & Lenox” on Apple Music, and stream below.