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By : Shamus Hill

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Roxbury’s Vintage Lee has been a staple within Massachusetts’ bubbling Hip-Hop scene for years now. Following the success of her single “Hennything’s Possible” which was featured in NBA 2K18, and more recently, Season 2 of HBO’s Euphoria, Vintage is looked up to by many creatives across the Bay State. The first half of 2022 has been good to her thus far, as the self-proclaimed “Roxbury PiMP” has already unearthed two new singles – “BRB” and “Shopping Spree”. The latter, “Shopping Spree”, is the reason she finds herself across the pages of this month’s edition of the Boston Compass Newspaper.

Sitting just north of three minutes in length, “Shopping Spree” is a summertime bop that begs for warm weather. With production by Tee WaTT, Kill, and TEAO, Vintage Lee’s beat selection remains well-polished, as the Boston rapper routinely glides atop bouncy, euphoric instrumentals. Though vibrant in nature, there are moments when listening to “Shopping Spree” where I found myself yearning for something more. Now, don’t get me wrong, this track is certainly well-executed, however I do wish that more risks were taken to achieve the final outcome. What we ultimately received was very reminiscent of previous components of Vintage’s discography, and as she continues to offload unreleased material, I am hopeful that we’ll witness more sonic development.

Bringing the visual for “Shopping Spree” to life is MA videographer, Reko. Over the last couple of years, Reko has continued to add to her visual portfolio, working alongside some of the most promising talent that the state of Massachusetts has to offer. Following recent collaborations with Saint Lyor, Neemz, and StashtheWave to name a few, Reko has molded herself into one of the best sources with respect to finding out what’s popular right now in Massachusetts’ local music circuit.

With the release of “Shopping Spree” now resting in the rearview mirror, all that’s left to do now is sit back and see which direction Vintage pivots towards as the year moves forward. With her previous album Draw 2 being more than two and a half years old at this point, it may be time for the Roxbury PiMP to deliver a new body of work for her dedicated listenership. Only time will tell.

—Shamus Hill

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #147 June 2022


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