Gloucester – The New Hotbed for Hip Hop?

By Guest Contributor Michael Caesar, Special Hip Hop Correspondent

Gloucester Massachusetts is set and primed to be the next great hip-hop hot bed.

Yep, I said it; my expertise on the subject is derived from the 17+ years I spent living on the island and a profound appreciation for DJ Premier beats and gold chains.



Now I know what you’re thinking…How does this suburban fishing community qualify for the birthplace of the next big hip hop revolution? Simple. It has all the characteristics of the direction post-2006 hip-hop has taken. Think about it…

It Has a Blue Collar Attitude, While Sporting White Collar Attributes

Gloucester rappers are professionals at talking rapidly in profane sentences that don’t make sense, making repeated references to #TheStruggle and their realness all while residing within a stones throw (more often than not, literally) from the ocean. Waterfront property, vacation homes and B&B’s create the perfect backdrop for new-aged hip-hop’s attempts to boast street-cred without any of the dangers that come with, y’know, the actual streets.




A Steady Drug Culture

What’s more hip-hop than talking about selling drugs? Gloucester’s ripe with people who have supplemented their income with tax-exempt import-export businesses, whether that’s Oxycontin or Tuna. If black market hustling is at the core of your lyrical content, Gloucester is the place for you. ‘


Sweet, these will last me ten whole minutes!

Sweet, these will last me ten whole minutes!

Beaches You Can Film Music Videos On

Are you just getting your start in hip-hop but want to film lavish music videos on beaches filled with bikini-clad women? Cut down on travel expenses to exotic locations by basing your operation in a place that is literally surrounded by beaches!

Sure the sand isn’t exactly white, the bikini-clad women aren’t exactly super-model hot, and if you want to film on Pavilion Beach there’s a 50/50 chance you step on a hypodermic needle. When you consider the money you’re saving on airfare, however, you’re one step closer to renting that Bentley to put in said video.


Or this. Close enough.

Or this. Close enough.

It’s Chalk Full Of White People Who Can’t Dance

Two things are very popular in hip-hop these days:

-dance crazes invented to make people who can’t dance feel confident on a dance-floor (See: Gas Pedal, Dougie et al.)

-white people (Macklemore is apparently a “rapper” according to the Grammys). You can obviously see where this is trending, can’t you?




Did We Mention the Talent?

The Long and short of it is simple, Gloucester MA is about to take off, and if you don’t know you better ask somebody. As they say in hip-hop, Real recognize real, and nobody’s recognized the potential of Gloucester’s hip-hop community.  If you wanna be the realest in the game right now, you better get on this first.


KT does No-Snark Sunday, God Help Us All

Greetings. Since usual Sunday contributor Jim Dowd is incredibly busy with his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah this weekend (GO REBECCA YOU ARE AWESOME) I’ll be doing the Snark Free Sunday post. Forgive me, for I am not sure how to write without dripping sarcasm. It’s awkward and weird and I don’t like it one bit.


Our first item of the day is giving a thumbs-up to Ward 2 Councillor Melissa Cox for letting us know about the One Hour at a Time Gang clean-up that goes on most Saturday mornings. Melissa says, “We pick a place in the city to clean from 8 a.m. To 9 a.m. almost every Saturday. Sometimes suggestions of a dirty place is sent to us or if there’s an event downtown or in the neighborhood we clean it up prior to the event.” Sweet deal!

lookit all this trash!

lookit all this trash!

The above was from the bowling alley on Gloucester Ave up to Maplewood. 8+ bags of litter! This is why we can’t have nice things, Gloucester, because we throw trash on the ground like jerks. Crap, I just broke the rules of no-snark Sunday.

You can email Melissa for more details at


Maritime Gloucester is an amazing resource for this city. City 3rd graders recently took a trip on the Ardelle and learned about sounding tools.


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“Trowing the lead was ONE of the tools. Seeing what came up from the bottom is critical, mostly because if you see Sand and Broken Shell means you’re probably close to shore even if you have good depth. Rich mud would mean there was a river mouth nearby. Clay beds, pebble, all of it would be useful because the Brits logged it all inn hydrological studies- this is what the HMS Beagle did and was the point of her voyage.

And you entered bottom conditions into the log when you took a sextant reading, which would then get added to the charts when you returned so the next person who was in that general area and saw the same conditions would have a better sense of what was going on” – Marty DelVecchio.


Dude, our THIRD GRADERS are learning this stuff. Maritime Gloucester also has programs for younger kids – Pathways for Children, for example, has received grants to bring each classroom once a month. It’s an incredible learning experience. Gloucester freakin’ rules.

Okay that’s pretty much all I can muster up that isn’t sardonic for today without a stiff mimosa for brunch. Have a great rest of the weekend, Clamonauts!