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September 10, 1998: The Year in Review

Lead Pencil wows crowd at the Roxy

ROXBURY — If you talk to anyone in the Franklin Park area of Mattapan, on Roxbury’s Leven Street or in Cambridge’s Dorsey Highlands, they will tell you that Lead Pencil is by far the most talented rapper to come out of Boston since the New Kids on the Block back in the mid 1980s. Which is why it was so stunning to the crowd at the Roxy last Saturday when Lead Pencil (backed by his band Enuff Erasin’) stopped performing in the middle of his third song.

"He’s such a smooth rapper. He always gots the words flowin’, you know what I’m sayin’?" said Dale Evans, 23, of South Boston. "Lead Pencil is all about flowin’ and shit."

According to one witness that evening, Enuff Erasin’ had just started their third song called "My Boat," from their new album I Love Roasting Aroma.

"Yeah, they was up there, you know what I’m sayin’, yeah, and they was kickin’ the shit. Real phat shit. Lead Pencil was goin’ off. He just started doin’ "My Boat," which goes a little somethin’ like this:

Hmmm, yeah
My boat gots the paddle
My boat is the saddle
that you should sit in
to ride with me

Hmmm, yeah
My boat
Hmmm, yeah
My boat
Hmmm, yeah
My boat
Hmmm, yeah
My boat

Don’t challenge me
with another paddle
or bow of another boat
cuz’ you know it’s my boat

"Yeah, and then he just stops. And the whole crowd, you know what I’m sayin’, thinks Lead Pencil is just playin’ or somethin’. And then he got all weird and mentioned somethin’ about some European Community [EC] and then started rattlin’ off words and shit like preprudent, ramiform, vaunt-courier, squaw, stab, ogress, Malabar Coast, tobe, fuddling cup, breastplow and Sidney Joseph Perelman."

"Lead Pencil is okay — he’s just going through a painful vocabulary growth process," said a spokesperson for K3 Records, Enuff Erasin’s label. "Every six years he is infused with 348 new words and phrases. His brain can’t handle the overload of new information. As a result, he blurts the words out in a Tourette’s-like fashion and then goes silent. He’ll be back."

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