To show how far these artists have come even over the past few months—through Boston Music Awards wins, headline performances, and national media attention—we brought them together for a special shoot, Vanity Fair-style.
Both directed by Jay Hunt of Smoke House Media, they’re back-to-back proud Boston bangers with enough fuel to power the region through the winter and spring until we get the next crop of summer anthems.
“I write primarily for black women, especially fat black women,” Blaze said. “There just isn’t enough for us. … I mean, how many times can we listen to cishet men on the radio be like, ‘I’m gonna disrespect you?’"
A yearbook-style breakdown of who’s performing at Boston’s Underground Music & Art Festival and our picks for who you can't miss.