On a rap scene that devours its young and abandons its old, it speaks volumes that even other artists in the Boston crab bucket agree Dutch ReBelle is the Great New Hope of Hub Hip-Hop. Then again, the ubiquitous approval she enjoys across niche scenes and mico-genres was inevitable, as she packs a certain star mix of skills, bravado, and red hot elegance that boom bap-at-large lacks but yearns for. ReBelle’s has been a slow and steady climb to the pinnacle of Boston rap, but few doubted her day would arrive. ReBelle’s 2012 full-length, Married to the Music, was stunning, with an emotional live show to match the passion sewn through the track list.
The road to her anticipated forthcoming ReBelle Diaries has been paved with similar significant milestones. There was a powerful video for “Sunday Morning,” ReBelle’s breakout single alongside local r&b juggernaut Amandi, plus her gripping verse on “Polaroid Picture,” a standout track off The Boston Project with Slaine and J the S. So much action has earned Dutch overdue props; in 2013, she was saluted by XXL magazine as one of the “15 Female Rappers You Should Know,” nominated for “Hip Hop Artist of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards, and honored by BostInno as a “50 on Fire” finalist.
Coming soon, Dutch plans to drop the video for her new single, “Love Is,” which features vocals from Mel Monae and bass from Elevation Theory’s Keithan “Bassman” Foster. For now, you can still catch her tearing up clubs around town with an infantry of other up-and-comers. Hurry up, though. There’s little doubt her ReBelle yell will reach beyond New England in 2014, and bring her back to maul stages thrice this size in no time.
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