If you're hearing Edo G for the first time, his style is reminiscent of Method Man, for both his oratorical delivery and his penchant for trochaic endstops. If you're hearing Edo G not for the first time, the comparison probably offends you. The Boston emcee has been rapping since the late 1980s, during which time he has released 10 studio albums and amassed what Wikipedia calls "a cult following in Boston and an international fanbase."
Hip-hop is old enough to have long-career cult artists now. Edo G appears as an emissary from the turn of the century, when rap was hard instead of wealthy (2005) or wasted (present.) He's like a wooly mammoth, suggesting a branch that the evolution of mainstream hip hop might have taken but didn't.
He is also a craftsman. "Hold U," the single from his most recent Intelligence and Ignorance, wastes not a breath in its lyrical focus. You can hear the silences in the verses, which other rappers would fill in with vocal tics or hype man noises but Edo G wisely leaves empty. He remains intent on his themes, his lyrics, his four-line payoffs, as he has for almost 30 years.
Edo G performs at the Palace Thu., Oct. 17. Doors at 9 PM. $5.