Seven Daysies 2018 Winners: Jarv and Loupo
Every year, the Seven Daysies Awards are a source of much grumbling in the Vermont hip hop scene. A lot of that is because it's a Burlington-centric, inherently imperfect, flat-out popularity contest. A lot of that is also because Lynguistic Civilians have been winning "Best hip-hop artist or group" for as long as that category has existed.
Still, it's the closest thing we've got to an 802 Grammy Awards. (And I pity the fools who take that project on -- and I may even be one of them.)
People are going to have a hard time finding much to legitimately complain about in 2018, though. Jarv is, without question, one of the best rappers the state of Vermont has ever seen. He also works damn hard at it, and has been for quite awhile. Barring some sort of throat injury or weird religious conversion, it's inevitable that he's about to get a lot bigger, too, with a new album on the way.
As for Loupo, what human being alive could hate on that dude? In the past two years he's branched out from woozy, beautiful hip hop beats to more festival-friendly electronica -- and still kept his distinctive style intact. He's got a huge catalog and effortless stage presence, too.
Props to both winners.