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Pilot Nation finds hip-hop’s common ground

In some ways, the story of Pilot Nation is about a purposeful disregard for the boundaries that have often helped rappers define their musical identities. Rigid oaths of loyalty to locales or specific styles are largely absent from their debut, “Expensive Heat,” and with good reason. If that weren’t the case, the group wouldn’t exist.

“For me, the fact that someone from my side of town was going to be on his side of town was unheard of,” explains Roxbury native Jeff Replay about his initial meeting with bandmate Stizzy in Dorchester. “I just so happened to be around his home base due to basketball where he was chilling, and that’s how we met. Sometimes you meet people in the right places at the right times, and we connected just like that.”

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