ROUNDUP: Green Mountain Updates, Sept 2018

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As predicted, Summer 2018 was a huge success for the 802 hip hop scene. That’s thanks to a lot of hard work from a lot of talented people. This Fall is looking just as busy, and there’s plenty to report.

First and foremost: Above the Radar is back, this weekend. One of last year’s best events is getting bigger, bringing an incredible lineup of artistic and musical talent to the Queen City waterfront once again. The celebration begins on Friday night with a “Jump Off Party” at Foam Brewing, then things head to the Burlington Ferry Dock for a weekend of live art, jaw-dropping graffiti murals, rapping, DJ’ing and breaking. There will also be food trucks, so if you’re in town at any point, stop on through.

Next up: props to the young BTV hip hop x culture collective 99 Neighbors for selling out Higher Ground on Sept. 1st — a Saturday night. That’s a serious achievement, and they did a great job documenting it. Check out this short, beautifully shot video recapping the night.

After a long hiatus, Mavstar is back with some strong new material he’s been working on with producer / entrepreneur / radio host ILLu. They’ll be dropping an LP, Gangsta Trail Mix, on Equal Eyes Records. The release party is Sept. 21st, and the lineup is a knockout. In the meantime, check out the lead single, “Hyundai.”

Finally, the lineup for September’s 3rd Thursdays has been announced. Since Anthill Collective is understandably quite busy with Above The Radar, the crew at HLR will be running the show in another “Takeover” edition. The Joint Manipulation crew will be in the building, alongside Sed One of Boomslang, DZY of STILTZgang and Omega Jade will be hosting — an excellent choice. (Check out her recent single with Rico James, “Never Too Late For Friendship.”)

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Justin Boland