History UsefulNotes / Boston

22nd Aug '16 3:19:23 PM BlackJAC
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* ''Film/{{RIPD}}''
* ''Film/PatriotsDay''
* ''Film/TwentyOne'' and ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' both begin at Boston-area colleges (specifically Cambridge)
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** Ditto ''Ghostbusters2016''
30th Jun '16 10:19:35 PM bassmedic87
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* So far, two reality shows: ''Boston Medical'', which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and the inevitable ''Series/TheRealWorld'' season.

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* So far, two three reality shows: ''Boston Medical'', Medical'' and ''Boston EMS'', which is are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and the inevitable ''Series/TheRealWorld'' season.
27th Jun '16 6:41:42 PM Mullon
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That said, Boston's city center is quite walkable and perhaps best enjoyed on foot or bike; downtown is really not that large and there are many wide tree-lined sidewalks. (On the other hand, City Hall Plaza is the most inhospitable product of 1960s urban renewal east of [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Albany]]'s Empire State Plaza, though a major renovation begun in 2014 should improve that.) If you can walk across [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks EPCOT Center]], you can handle the Freedom Trail, the city's most popular walking tour. Just a warning though, you will probably want to visit in summer. Real Life New England winters aren't always as [[HollywoodWinter pretty as fiction depicts]], though there are mild years as well as bad ones. They also aggravate the driving problem by causing lots of potholes. Alternatively, if you want to avoid both the snow and the muggy summer heat, late spring or autumn would be your best bet.

[[UsefulNotes/TheT Public transportation mostly works]], though you may need to ask a local to help you navigate the esoterically named "T" stops[[note]]It's actually called the MBTA, or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. [[OlderThanTheyThink Believe it or not]], the "T" signs were inspired by the ones from the Stockholm Metro, which is called the ''Stockholms tunnelbana'', hence the letter T.[[/note]] (the most baffling appears to be the "Museum" T stop. Have fun guessing which of the ''six or seven'' popular museums it's named after[[note]]It's the Museum of Fine Arts, which the station has since been renamed after[[/note]]). It's also very old and under a lot of debt (due to politics, mismanagement, etc.), so breakdowns are commonplace. There is also the caveat that the last trains run at sometime between half past midnight and 1 am, which is a problem because last call is at 2. Taxi cabs naturally make a ton of money and there are a multitude of companies. This has changed as of April 2014, when the MBTA renewed a pilot program that extended weekend hours to 3 am.

Speaking of locals, [[{{Southies}} Hollywood depictions to the contrary]], they are generally very nice people. Just remember not to bring up the [[BigApplesauce New York Yankees]], the [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Los Angeles Lakers]], the [[UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}} Montréal Canadiens]], or the [[UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} Miami Heat]]. Otherwise, thou shalt know the [[FanDumb true meaning of]] SeriousBusiness.

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That said, Boston's city center is quite walkable and perhaps best enjoyed on foot or bike; downtown is really not that large and there are many wide tree-lined sidewalks. (On the other hand, City Hall Plaza is the most inhospitable product of 1960s urban renewal east of [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Albany]]'s Empire State Plaza, though a major renovation begun in 2014 should improve that.) If you can walk across [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks EPCOT Center]], you can handle the Freedom Trail, the city's most popular walking tour. Just a warning though, you will probably want to visit in summer. Real Life New England winters aren't always as [[HollywoodWinter pretty as fiction depicts]], though there are mild years as well as bad ones. They also aggravate the driving problem by causing lots of potholes. Alternatively, if you want to avoid both the snow and the muggy summer heat, late spring or autumn would be your best bet.

[[UsefulNotes/TheT Public transportation mostly works]], though you may need to ask a local to help you navigate the esoterically named "T" stops[[note]]It's actually works]][[note]]It's officially called the MBTA, or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. [[OlderThanTheyThink Believe it or not]], the "T" signs were inspired by the ones from the Stockholm Metro, which is called the ''Stockholms tunnelbana'', hence the letter T.[[/note]] (the most baffling appears to be the "Museum" T stop. Have fun guessing which of the ''six or seven'' popular museums [[/note]], but it's named after[[note]]It's the Museum of Fine Arts, which the station has since been renamed after[[/note]]). It's also very old and under a lot of debt (due to politics, mismanagement, etc.), so breakdowns are commonplace. occasionally happen. There is also the caveat that the last trains run at sometime between half past midnight and 1 am, am on weekdays, which is a problem because last call is at 2. Taxi cabs naturally make a ton of money and there are a multitude of companies. This has changed as of April 2014, when the MBTA renewed a pilot program that extended 2, though weekend hours go to 3 am.

Speaking of locals, [[{{Southies}} Hollywood depictions to the contrary]], they are generally very nice people. Just remember not to bring up the [[BigApplesauce New York Yankees]], the [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Los Angeles Lakers]], the [[UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}} Montréal Canadiens]], or the [[UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} Miami Heat]]. Otherwise, thou shalt know the [[FanDumb true meaning of]] of SeriousBusiness.



Expect to see more of Boston and suburbs in the years to come. Massachusetts has been aggressively courting filmmakers for years, which has paid off big time in the last five years or so under governors Romney and Patrick. We confidently expect the "Hollywood East" (officially, Plymouth Rock) movie studio to open any decade now.

Nicknamed "the Hub", as in "The Hub of the Universe", which gives you an idea what Bostonians think of [[strike: themselves]] their city. You can find a large metal plaque literally engraved with Hub of the Universe in Downtown Crossing, or at least you could. Currently fruit vendors' trucks cover it up.[[note]]There is also still visible a to-scale model of the solar system with the Museum of Science's planetarium as the sun, and Pluto at the end of the "D Riverside" line of the T.[[/note]] It is also sometimes called the hub of the New England road network, as anyone who's ever tried to plot the least [[BuffySpeak zigzaggy]] course between Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Maine can attest.[[note]]Big Hint: take Route 495, which makes a wide loop around the city.[[/note]] Trying to figure out how to make the same trip by train is even more mind-bending, because the train tracks going northward begin at North Station, while the tracks going Everywhere Else begin/end at South Station, and the two sections of track ''don't physically meet'', which means you're stuck using the T to get from one station to the other[[note]]North station is easy to find, at least. It's directly under the TD Garden (home to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Celtics]] and [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Bruins]]). If you're trying to do this while there's a game on, good luck. If you're trying this while there's a ''playoff game'' on, you're either completely unhinged, or well on the way.[[/note]]

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Expect to see more of Boston and suburbs in the years to come. Massachusetts has been aggressively courting filmmakers for years, which has paid off big time in the last five years or so under governors Romney and Patrick. We confidently expect the "Hollywood East" (officially, Plymouth Rock) movie studio to open any decade now.

Nicknamed "the Hub", as in "The Hub of the Universe", which gives you an idea what Bostonians think of [[strike: themselves]] their city. You can find a large metal plaque literally engraved with Hub of the Universe in Downtown Crossing, or at least you could. Currently fruit vendors' trucks cover it up.[[note]]There is also still visible a to-scale model of the solar system with the Museum of Science's planetarium as the sun, and Pluto at the end of the "D Riverside" line of the T.[[/note]] It is also sometimes called the hub of the New England road network, as anyone who's ever tried to plot the least [[BuffySpeak zigzaggy]] course between Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Maine can attest.[[note]]Big Hint: take Route 495, which makes a wide loop around the city.[[/note]] Trying to figure out how to make the same trip by train is even more mind-bending, because the train tracks going northward begin at North Station, while the tracks going Everywhere Else begin/end at South Station, and the two sections of track ''don't physically meet'', which means you're stuck using the T to get from one station to the other[[note]]North station is easy to find, at least. It's directly under the TD Garden (home to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Celtics]] and [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Bruins]]). If you're trying to do this while there's a game on, good luck. If you're trying this while there's a ''playoff game'' on, you're either completely unhinged, or well on the way.[[/note]]
22nd Jun '16 9:44:57 PM Doug86
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Speaking of locals, [[{{Southies}} Hollywood depictions to the contrary]], they are generally very nice people. Just remember not to bring up the [[BigApplesauce New York Yankees]], the [[{{UsefulNotes/LosAngeles}} Los Angeles Lakers]], the [[UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}} Montréal Canadiens]], or the [[UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} Miami Heat]]. Otherwise, thou shalt know the [[FanDumb true meaning of]] SeriousBusiness.

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Speaking of locals, [[{{Southies}} Hollywood depictions to the contrary]], they are generally very nice people. Just remember not to bring up the [[BigApplesauce New York Yankees]], the [[{{UsefulNotes/LosAngeles}} [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Los Angeles Lakers]], the [[UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}} Montréal Canadiens]], or the [[UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} Miami Heat]]. Otherwise, thou shalt know the [[FanDumb true meaning of]] SeriousBusiness.



Nicknamed "the Hub", as in "The Hub of the Universe", which gives you an idea what Bostonians think of [[strike: themselves]] their city. You can find a large metal plaque literally engraved with Hub of the Universe in Downtown Crossing, or at least you could. Currently fruit vendors' trucks cover it up.[[note]]There is also still visible a to-scale model of the solar system with the Museum of Science's planetarium as the sun, and Pluto at the end of the "D Riverside" line of the T.[[/note]] It is also sometimes called the hub of the New England road network, as anyone who's ever tried to plot the least [[BuffySpeak zigzaggy]] course between Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Maine can attest.[[note]]Big Hint: take Route 495, which makes a wide loop around the city.[[/note]] Trying to figure out how to make the same trip by train is even more mind-bending, because the train tracks going northward begin at North Station, while the tracks going Everywhere Else begin/end at South Station, and the two sections of track ''don't physically meet'', which means you're stuck using the T to get from one station to the other[[note]]North station is easy to find, at least. It's directly under the TD Garden (home to the [[NationalBasketballAssociation Celtics]] and [[NationalHockeyLeague Bruins]]). If you're trying to do this while there's a game on, good luck. If you're trying this while there's a ''playoff game'' on, you're either completely unhinged, or well on the way.[[/note]]

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Nicknamed "the Hub", as in "The Hub of the Universe", which gives you an idea what Bostonians think of [[strike: themselves]] their city. You can find a large metal plaque literally engraved with Hub of the Universe in Downtown Crossing, or at least you could. Currently fruit vendors' trucks cover it up.[[note]]There is also still visible a to-scale model of the solar system with the Museum of Science's planetarium as the sun, and Pluto at the end of the "D Riverside" line of the T.[[/note]] It is also sometimes called the hub of the New England road network, as anyone who's ever tried to plot the least [[BuffySpeak zigzaggy]] course between Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Maine can attest.[[note]]Big Hint: take Route 495, which makes a wide loop around the city.[[/note]] Trying to figure out how to make the same trip by train is even more mind-bending, because the train tracks going northward begin at North Station, while the tracks going Everywhere Else begin/end at South Station, and the two sections of track ''don't physically meet'', which means you're stuck using the T to get from one station to the other[[note]]North station is easy to find, at least. It's directly under the TD Garden (home to the [[NationalBasketballAssociation [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Celtics]] and [[NationalHockeyLeague [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Bruins]]). If you're trying to do this while there's a game on, good luck. If you're trying this while there's a ''playoff game'' on, you're either completely unhinged, or well on the way.[[/note]]



* Post-''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', this was WonderWoman's stomping grounds for about seven or eight years, under the tenure of George Perez and later William Messner-Loebs. An incomplete discussion of how it stacks up to the real Boston can be found [[http://classiccomics.boards.net/thread/396/great-wonder-woman-readathon-crisis here]].

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* Post-''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', Post-''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', this was WonderWoman's Franchise/WonderWoman's stomping grounds for about seven or eight years, under the tenure of George Perez and later William Messner-Loebs. An incomplete discussion of how it stacks up to the real Boston can be found [[http://classiccomics.boards.net/thread/396/great-wonder-woman-readathon-crisis here]].



* Robert B. Parker's {{Spenser}} and ''Literature/SunnyRandall'' novels are largely set in Boston, with many real life locations featured.

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* Robert B. Parker's {{Spenser}} Literature/{{Spenser}} and ''Literature/SunnyRandall'' novels are largely set in Boston, with many real life locations featured.



* Creator/DavidFosterWallace's epic {{doorstopper}} ''InfiniteJest'' is mostly set in Metro Boston, and most of that is in the fictional suburb of Enfield (it's fairly obviously a FictionalCounterpart to Brighton).

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* Creator/DavidFosterWallace's epic {{doorstopper}} ''InfiniteJest'' ''Literature/InfiniteJest'' is mostly set in Metro Boston, and most of that is in the fictional suburb of Enfield (it's fairly obviously a FictionalCounterpart to Brighton).



* We would be remiss not to mention the Jimmy the Cabdriver interstitials that ran on {{MTV}} in 1994. He was almost copied wholecloth by the current Olympia Sports ad campaign.

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* We would be remiss not to mention the Jimmy the Cabdriver interstitials that ran on {{MTV}} Creator/{{MTV}} in 1994. He was almost copied wholecloth by the current Olympia Sports ad campaign.



* ''BeingHumanUS'' is set in Boston, but filmed in Montreal...and it shows. Or rather, ''doesn't'' show; Montreal looks ''nothing'' like Boston.

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* ''BeingHumanUS'' ''Series/BeingHumanUS'' is set in Boston, but filmed in Montreal...and it shows. Or rather, ''doesn't'' show; Montreal looks ''nothing'' like Boston.



* Music/TheCars (technically started by two guys from {{UsefulNotes/Cleveland}}, but embraced as Boston's own)

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* Music/TheCars (technically started by two guys from {{UsefulNotes/Cleveland}}, UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, but embraced as Boston's own)



* NPR's ''CarTalk'', one of the rare RealLife(ish) items that does ''not'' avert HahvahdYahdInMyCah. This is especially funny, given that their studio is right near Harvard! And is about cars! (The Magliozzi brothers are actually MIT grads.)

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* NPR's ''CarTalk'', ''Radio/CarTalk'', one of the rare RealLife(ish) items that does ''not'' avert HahvahdYahdInMyCah. This is especially funny, given that their studio is right near Harvard! And is about cars! (The Magliozzi brothers are actually MIT grads.)



* The 21st-century parts of ''TheDreamer'' are in Boston.

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* The 21st-century parts of ''TheDreamer'' ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'' are in Boston.



* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'': Spider-Man moves to Boston and becomes its premier superhero, when he has enough of New York chasing him when Jameson offered 10 million to whoever can unmask him.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Underdog}}'': While not having the original series take place in Boston (the live-action movie was filmed in Providence, RI, though), a one-off radio adaption in 1999 (produced by co-creator W. Watts Biggers, helping to promote his "Victory over Violence" campaign, with Tom Ellis, longtime Boston newscaster narrating) had Simon Bar Sinister develop a new "Switchpitch" baseball to turn positive people negative and become king of Boston; his plans are foiled as usual by Underdog and Sweet Polly Purebred.

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* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'': Spider-Man moves to Boston and becomes its premier superhero, when he has enough of New York chasing him when Jameson offered 10 $10 million to whoever can unmask him.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Underdog}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'': While not having the original series take place in Boston (the live-action movie was filmed in Providence, RI, though), a one-off radio adaption in 1999 (produced by co-creator W. Watts Biggers, helping to promote his "Victory over Violence" campaign, with Tom Ellis, longtime Boston newscaster narrating) had Simon Bar Sinister develop a new "Switchpitch" baseball to turn positive people negative and become king of Boston; his plans are foiled as usual by Underdog and Sweet Polly Purebred.
21st Jun '16 11:14:32 AM gewunomox
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* PassionPit (also Berklee alumni)
* [[Music/{{Powerman5000}} Powerman 5000]] ([[RobZombie Spider's family is from Haverhill]])

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* PassionPit Music/PassionPit (also Berklee alumni)
* [[Music/{{Powerman5000}} Powerman 5000]] ([[RobZombie Music/Powerman5000 ([[Music/RobZombie Spider's family is from Haverhill]])
18th Jun '16 6:09:18 AM HasturHasturHastur
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Another item of note is that Boston contains more colleges and universities than any other city in the world, and even more if you include Cambridge, its neighbor on the other side of the Charles River and the oldest college town in the United States, home to both Harvard University and MIT. Word to the wise: do NOT mix up Boston University and Boston College. [[BerserkButton It will not end well]].[[note]]For a start, BU is Episcopalian and BC is Catholic. The list of differences and sore points goes trundling on from there. About the only connection between BU and BC is Commonwealth Avenue.[[/note]] Also note that those colleges include the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory; as a result Boston has a disproportionate number of musicians with a connection to the city across a surprising number of genres. It is also home to a wide variety of world-famous live music venues, namely the Paradise, the Sinclair, the Royale, and the Middle East (for larger locations) and P.A.'s Lounge, Great Scott, and TT the Bear's (for smaller locations). Musically, its calling cards include indie rock, post-punk, and new wave (namely The Cars, Pixies, Mission of Burma, and Galaxie 500), hardcore (namely Slapshot, Gang Green, Sam Black Church, and Overcast), and a small but dedicated hip-hop scene (namely Gang Starr, 7L & Esoteric, Big Shug, and Slaine).

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Another item of note is that Boston contains more colleges and universities than any other city in the world, and even more if you include Cambridge, its neighbor on the other side of the Charles River and the oldest college town in the United States, home to both Harvard University and MIT. Word to the wise: do NOT mix up Boston University and Boston College. [[BerserkButton It will not end well]].[[note]]For a start, BU is Episcopalian and BC is Catholic. The list of differences and sore points goes trundling on from there. About the only connection between BU and BC is Commonwealth Avenue.[[/note]] Also note that those colleges include the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory; as a result Boston has a disproportionate number of musicians with a connection to the city across a surprising number of genres. It is also home to a wide variety of world-famous live music venues, namely the Paradise, the Sinclair, the Royale, and the Middle East (for larger locations) and P.A.'s Lounge, Great Scott, and TT the Bear's (for smaller locations). Musically, its calling cards include indie rock, post-punk, and new wave (namely The Cars, Pixies, Mission of Burma, and Galaxie 500), hardcore (namely Slapshot, Gang Green, Sam Black Church, and Overcast), and a small but dedicated hip-hop scene (namely Gang Starr, 7L & Esoteric, Big Shug, Mr. Lif, and Slaine).
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* Music/{{Revocation}} (Dave Davidson is a Berklee alum)

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* Music/{{Revocation}} (Dave Davidson is a Berklee alum)alum and a lifelong resident of the city, in addition to now being the only member who still lives there)
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* Music/DreamTheater (formed at the aforementioned Berklee College of Music)


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* Mr. Lif
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Another item of note is that Boston contains more colleges and universities than any other city in the world, and even more if you include Cambridge, its neighbor on the other side of the Charles River and the oldest college town in the United States, home to both Harvard University and MIT. Word to the wise: do NOT mix up Boston University and Boston College. [[BerserkButton It will not end well]].[[note]]For a start, BU is Episcopalian and BC is Catholic. The list of differences and sore points goes trundling on from there. About the only connection between BU and BC is Commonwealth Avenue.[[/note]] Also note that those colleges include the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory; as a result Boston has a disproportionate number of musicians with a connection to the city across a surprising number of genres. It is also home to a wide variety of world-famous live music venues, namely the Paradise, the Sinclair, the Royale, and the Middle East (for larger locations) and P.A.'s Lounge, Great Scott, and TT the Bear's (for smaller locations). Musically, its calling cards include indie rock, post-punk, and new wave (namely The Cars, Pixies, Mission of Burma, and Galaxie 500), hardcore (namely Slapshot, Gang Green, Sam Black Church, and Overcast), and a small but dedicated hip-hop scene (namely Gang Starr, 7L & Esoteric, Big Shug, and Special Teamz).

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Another item of note is that Boston contains more colleges and universities than any other city in the world, and even more if you include Cambridge, its neighbor on the other side of the Charles River and the oldest college town in the United States, home to both Harvard University and MIT. Word to the wise: do NOT mix up Boston University and Boston College. [[BerserkButton It will not end well]].[[note]]For a start, BU is Episcopalian and BC is Catholic. The list of differences and sore points goes trundling on from there. About the only connection between BU and BC is Commonwealth Avenue.[[/note]] Also note that those colleges include the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory; as a result Boston has a disproportionate number of musicians with a connection to the city across a surprising number of genres. It is also home to a wide variety of world-famous live music venues, namely the Paradise, the Sinclair, the Royale, and the Middle East (for larger locations) and P.A.'s Lounge, Great Scott, and TT the Bear's (for smaller locations). Musically, its calling cards include indie rock, post-punk, and new wave (namely The Cars, Pixies, Mission of Burma, and Galaxie 500), hardcore (namely Slapshot, Gang Green, Sam Black Church, and Overcast), and a small but dedicated hip-hop scene (namely Gang Starr, 7L & Esoteric, Big Shug, and Special Teamz).
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