Boston is famous for its rockers, who have ranged from Aerosmith, the J. Geils Band and the Cars to 'Til Tuesday and Letters to Cleo. But when it came to rap, Boston didn't get nearly as much attention as New York or Philadelphia in the 1980s or 1990s. This isn't to say that Boston didn't have a fair amount of rappers–however, few of them became well known. One of the hardcore rap groups that came out of Boston in the early 1990s was Joint Ventures, whose Itz Da Joint isn't remarkable but has its moments. Comparable to Audio Two, Joint Ventures is at its best when its members tell some type of story instead of simply bragging about their rapping skills and attacking "sucker MCs." The CD's most compelling cut is "Pull the Plug," which describes an inner-city mother's decision to have her son taken off of life support after he takes three bullets in the chest. Also noteworthy are "Treat 'Em Like A Man" (an account of a juvenile felon who is tried as an adult) and "Ain't It A Shame," which laments the self-destructive behavior of young women in the city. Most of the other tunes, however, are run-of-the-mill boasting/dissing fare. This CD didn't do much outside of Boston, and Itz Da Joint would be Joint Ventures' only Profile album.
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