Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yo! BTV RAPS VOl. 6 At Sidebar 1/12

Tomorrow night January 12th is the Yo! BTV RAPS Vol. 6 with a great lineup of local Hip Hop featuring Fresh Patterns (a new group featuring Mister Burns and Cworner Stwore), Self Portrait, PreciseMC, Matt Hagen MC, SkySpliiterInk and Al Dose. DJ Kanga will be holding down the music all night at this monthly event. Yo! BTV RAPS has previously been held at Nectar's and is now moving to the new Sidebar venue next to Mr. Mike's in downtown Burlington. This is a 21+ event that is FREE! Music starts at 10PM.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sound Affects: 10/27 @ ArtsRiot

The 6th installment of the monthly Sound Affects event at ArtsRiot goes down this Thursday October 27th in Burlington, VT. This months lineup features a great night of regional artists including Movement Of The Minds, a Hip Hop collective out of Portland, Maine as well as Judge Da Beast in support of his album "Arraignment". There will also be a producer showcase and beat auction from So.802's Brad Vazy as well as a cypher to end the night with DJ Kanga holding it down. Doors 8PM / All Ages / $5 advance & $10 Day of show. You can check out more about the event ---> HERE As always you can pick up a Sound Affects t-shirt courtesy of UnKnown Arts, live art by Anthill Collective and photography re-cap from DVP Cinematography.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Masta Ace & Akrobatik @ ArtsRiot 10/8

This Saturday at ArtsRiot in Burlington, VT two legends of Hip Hop will be live on stage featuring a bunch of local heavy hitters. Brooklyn, NY's Masta Ace and Boston, MA's Akrobatik will be taking the stage for two unforgettable sets! Masta Ace got his start as part of the iconic Juice Crew being featured on their classic hit "The Symphony" in 1988 and has since released critically acclaimed albums as well as collaboration projects with the likes of Ed OG, EMC (Wordsworth & Stricklin) and MF Doom. 2016 finds him with his new album "The Falling Season" portraying his life in High School. Akrobatik is member of the classic crew The Perceptionists with Mr. Lif and DJ Fakts One. AK has been hard at work this year traveling around the globe doing shows as well as working on new music with Mr. Lif and an album with overseas producer LX Beats. Along with this two legendary artists you get local support from Mister Burns (of The Lynguistic Civilians), JARV (of Maiden Voyage), Self Portrait, Notation, Almattic, Cworner Stwore and Mighty Ceej (MA). Tickets are $12 today and $17 day of show. All Ages. Doors 8:30PM Event Page HERE!

Monday, September 5, 2016

SkySplitterInk's Gear Stolen: Help Him Get It Back!

A few nights ago in Burlington, VT Zach Crawford aka "SkySplitterInk" had his gear stolen out of his car. SkySplitterInk has been a staple in the Vermont Hip Hop scene being a part of multiple groups as well as recording engineer for an immense amount of Vermont Hip Hop music. There is a Go Fund Me page set up to help him raise the $1,000 deductible he needs for his insurance to cover the lost items. We ask that you head on over to the page and donate whatever you can to help him get his stolen items back. Any amount helps. Click Here!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Slam Rap Battle at Higher Ground Sat. 7/23

802 Battle League presents the Summer Slam Rap Battle at Higher Ground in S. Burlington, VT on Saturday July 23rd featuring 10 match ups featuring rappers from all over New England as well as locals S.I.N Sizzle, Learic, Memo and more! This is an all ages show with tickets $12 adv. / $17 day of. With the first battle starting at 7:15PM for more visit the event page --> HERE

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TONIGHT: Zion I / Grouch & Eligh live at Club Metronome with Mister Burns / Learic / Truth / SkySplitterInk & Jarv

Tonight at Club Metronome in Burlington, Vermont is an incredible night of Hip Hop featuring West Coast legends Zion I / Grouch & Eligh with support from locals Mister Burns with Learic, Truth and SkySplitterInk and Maiden Voyage's JARV. Z&G&E are currently on tour with Slightly Stupid and are making a special stop in Burlington, VT tonight only! There will also be live painting from Anthill who will be painting a classic A-DOG photo by Matthew Thorsen and local B-Boys Rhythm Riders will be representing as well. Doors at 9PM / Tickets available at the door. Tickets --> HERE

Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Music: Causin' Effect - "Maple Syrup" (Feat. Junum)

New music from Springfield Vermont's Causin' Effect with visuals for their single "Maple Syrup" (Feat. Junum). Watch as Jibba The Gent and Vazy serve up some breakfast at the classic Springfield Royal Diner and drench your meal in REAL Vermont maple syrup.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Music - PreciseMC " Persona"

New music from Vermont's PreciseMC entitled "Persona" the first track off his upcoming EP "The Dust Collector" out this year. PreciseMC is a California native who has been putting in work here in VT. Keep an eye out for his EP as well as more projects in the future!

Monday, July 4, 2016

New Music From Kin (of UnKommon) "Rhymeslayer" Produced By Quality

Vermont emcee Kin of the group UnKommon releases the first single "Uninvited" with producer Quality (from Ireland) off their upcoming EP "Uninvited" due out end of the summer. The name "Uninvited" refers to the series of uninvited events which occurred during the completion of this project, most notably the death of Kin's childhood friend and partner in rhyme, DJ BP. Check the track and keep a look out for more from Kin & Quality.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jay Stay Loved: A Tribute To J Dilla at Nectar's 6/12

Saturday night at Nectar's in Burlington, VT is a special night during the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival with the Jay Stay Loved: A Tribute To J Dilla featuring The Dan Ryan Express, an all star band that will be recreating classic J Dilla production. The second set will feature J Dilla's younger brother Illa J providing some the vocals on his brothers classic production. Illa J has made a name for himself on the solo grind in the past few years after also being a member of the legendary Detroit group Slum Village. This is a night not to be missed! Pre-sale tickets are only $12 for this 21+ show. For more info and tickets visit

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sound Affects Recap - Waking Windows Hip-Hop Showcase

A new monthly Hip-Hop Community Event - Sound Affects - held it's premiere event on May 7th as part of Waking Windows Music Festival in Winooski. Their 2-Hour Hip-Hop Showcase went extremely well & got people excited for their monthly events, to be held at Arts Riot, starting on June 30th.

If you weren't in attendance, you missed out on a truly amazing experience. The energy in the intimate venue (Oak45) was infections & all of the artists displayed a high-level of professionalism & talent.

The Showcase started out with the host, Mertz, passionately performing a song that speaks to why the time for us to all come together is now. The Live Mixtape portion followed & grasped the audience's attention while 8-artists performed songs in rapid succession, blended together by DJ Kanga. Peace to PreciseMC, Self Portrait, Boomslang, LoKi, Manus feat. Dakota, Budnick, Enemy Self, & Bar None The Best for being a part of it!

Next, 4-artists with new projects in the works showcased their new material in longer Featured Sets. Eyedos provided an enthusiastic set - Forest Gray brought his production on stage - Humble displayed his innate energy - & Mister Burns lived up to his reputation as one of the hardest working artists in our state!

The Showcase came to a close with an energetic Freestyle Cypher, where the group Cworner Stwore provided live music (MPC, Stand-up Bass, Clarinet) while a myriad of lyricists freestyled their hearts out! Every Sound Affects event will end with a Freestyle Cypher while we stand united, fighting against the misconception that Hip-Hop artists are not 'real' musicians.

Check out their Video & Photo Recaps from the event, courtesy of their sponsor DVP Cinematography Services! Peace also to their sponsors Unknown Arts & The Sticky Brand!

If you love Hip-Hop, connect with them on social media (@SoundAffectsVT) in order to stay updated on their monthly events!

See you all at Arts Riot on June 30th!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Fuel The Bern II: Supporting The Bernie Sanders Campaign

This Wednesday night 4/20 at Club Metronome in Burlington over 15 Vermont Hip Hop artists are coming together to support Bernie Sanders on his presidential campaign. Net proceeds from the night will be given to the Sanders campaign through an individual connected to the efforts. The show is 21+ and $5 at the door with music starting at 9PM. Confirmed acts on the night include Enemy Self, Forest Gray, Self Portrait, TATLOCK, Cworner StWORe, Learic, Bar None The Best, DJ Transplante, Skysplitter Ink, DJ D Fuego, Headphone Jack, Jellyroll, S.I.N.siZZle, Eyedos, Mister Burns (of The Lynguistic Civilians) and JARV. Hosted by King Sha Mecca Blaze. Make sure you come out and support the local Hip Hop scene at one of the largest gatherings to date.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

VIDEO: "Money Isn't Everything" - Budnick

Dope new visual for Budnick's track "Money Isn't Everything". Filmed in and around NYC the video features a dizzying array of locals as the Burlington Emcee spits some serious fire over a dramatic beat by U-Dub.

Budnick is finishing up work a full length titled "Dirty D" as well another record to follow shortly.
Keep your ears peaked and check out more of his tunes here:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Remembering DJ BP

As many of you know the music community took a big hit with the sudden loss of Ryan Morin aka DJ BP. Ryan was a past member of The Lynguistic Civilians a long time collaborator with The Aztext and member of the group UnKommon while also serving a DJ for a multitude of occasions around the state. DJ BP had an immense love for music. Not only making it but being a true fan indulging in the inner workings of a song taking appreciation for the most subtle things that most don't pick up on. He had an incredible spirit and positive energy that many were able to encounter through years of performing live around Vermont and beyond. His group UnKommon with his longtime friend and collaborator Kin, recently released their new project titled Back In The Building. Take some time to listen to this album and pay tribute to DJ BP. The Vermont Hip Hop community will sorely miss his presence.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

NEW MUSIC: Jamell Nyt "The Fix"

"The Fix" is the type of song that gives you chills, Jamell Nyt has done something special with this one. The second single from his upcoming "Substance Abuse" EP is a dark and brooding look at addiction. The vocals, which sit over only a sparse, spacey piano, move from a low soft tone to a pleading cry over the course of the piece. Be on the look out for more new music from Nyt, and as always #SpreadGoodMusic!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Get Familiar: Sound Affects

Sound Affects
VTHH: What is Sound Affects?

Sound Affects: We are a Hip-Hop community event that focuses on teamwork, support & bridging the gap between Vermont & the rest of the Northeast. We are here to unite the Hip-Hop scene & provide the Green Mountain State with a long-standing community event. We are here for everyone. 

Specifically, we are a monthly residency that will showcase the wealth of local talent we have to offer, as well as bring national & regional acts into Vermont. We will be showcasing a local producer each month as well as highlighting local releases, regional tours, national headliners & live-production cyphers.

VTHH: How do you plan to contribute to the current scene?

Sound Affects: Our focus is on delivering high-quality shows & giving hardworking artists the opportunity to play on one of the premiere stages in the state, while also offering a space for people to meet each other and network. There is a natural competition in Hip Hop culture - by utilizing that energy and unifying around a centralized monthly event, we will build a consistent platform to showcase the wealth of talent our state has to offer & simultaneously eliminate the competition between ourselves.

Our state is too small to have artists vying over the same audience. Sound Affects can be everyone’s home field, where we can all meet once a month to support the artists who have new projects to showcase. This unified approach will lead to more connection throughout the scene & ultimately, artists feeding off of each other for inspiration. We want to bring everyone together for the greater benefit of us all.

VTHH: Why is there a regional focus?

Sound Affects: There is a LOT going on throughout the rest of the Northeast Hip-Hop scene right now & most of the other states are already connected & working together in a mutually beneficial way. Between similar events like Mind Spray (MA), Rap Night Portland (ME), Rap Night Manchester (NH) & others, there is a tour circuit developing in the Northeast for upcoming artists. By offering regional & national acts a stop in Vermont on their tours, we will insert Vermont into the larger Northeast Hip-Hop scene & raise our state’s value. 

At the same time, by providing opportunities to send Vermont’s best out into the region, Sound Affects will combat the isolation Vermont faces in exposing it’s developing artists beyond it’s boarders. There is no scene within the Northeast that is large enough to survive on its own - look at the way the sports teams are set up. If the states in the Northeast work together, we can all achieve more success. 

VTHH: When & where is your first event?

Sound Affects: Our inception event will be at Waking Windows music festival in Downtown Winooski. This is the festival’s 6th year & they have decided that they want Hip-Hop to be represented, so they asked us to curate a 2-Hour Hip-Hop Showcase. This showcase will be on Saturday, May 7th from 7-9pm at Oak 45. Advance weekend passes are available now & will grant you access to all Waking Windows events for all 3-days. 1-Day passes will also be available at the gates & will grant you access to all events for that day.

VTHH: How can people get involved with Sound Affects?

Sound Affects: A great starting point is to sign up for our email list (below) & connect with us on social media so you can be the first to know about our events. If you want to become involved in a hands-on way, you can join our Street Team & help spread the word about our movement & have opportunities to earn exclusive perks! Interested parties should email with ‘Street Team’ in the subject. 

As far as artists go, as an inclusive event we want to work with as many artists as possible. Artists who want to get involved need to do just that - get involved. We want to focus on showcasing the wealth of highly talented artists our state has to offer at our events.

Artists interested in getting involved:
  1. Email & include; links to your music, your artist bio, a brief description of your live performance, your social media links, & what project(s) you're currently working on.
  2. 'Like' our Facebook page.
  3. Follow @SoundAffectsVT on Twitter.
  4. Follow @SoundAffectsVT on Instagram

Sound Affects is a community event & ultimately, it will become what our community makes it. Let’s make it something truly special. 
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Friday, March 25, 2016

TOMORROW: Blockhead // Eliot Lipp at Arts Riot

Tomorrow night New York based producer Blockhead will be live at Arts Riot in Burlington, VT alongside veteran musician Eliot Lipp and local support from Crusty Cuts and Loupo. This is an all ages show with doors at 8PM. Tickets are $15.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Lynguistic Civilians New Album: Gratified Existence

The Lynguistic Civilians have just dropped their new full length album Gratified Existence that boasts 15 tracks of Vermont made Funky Hip Hop that features the likes of Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Stricklin, Maiden Voyage, Gang Of Thieves, Haley Fenn and The Mighty Konflik. This album features all live instrumentation from session musicians here in Burlington. The album was recorded at Park Hill Studio being mixed by the fellas at Future Fields while being mastered at Turtle Tone Studio in New York City. This album also serves as a higher cause with 20% of every purchase going to the Vermont Foodbank to help feed the less fortunate in our state. The album is available on all major outlets and you can get your own hard copy when they return to the stage Friday April 1st at Nectar's. Get your copy online now on iTunes.

Monday, March 14, 2016

VIDEO: "Turn it Round" - Jibba the Gent

Side Note: Dang, it has been a good year for videos -- in fact, this is the second one Jibba the Gent has released this year. Check out "I'm Dead" if you haven't already. Everyone has been stepping the quality control up considerably.

This is a political jam off Jibba the Gent's upcoming album, The Broccoli Tree. Given the current clown-car climate of our fine country, he felt compelled to release this puppy ASAP, for reasons that will become obvious as you watch it. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

VIDEO: "Bounce" - Jarv

Another fresh performance video from young phenom Jarv of Windsor crew Maiden Voyage, running through some signature tongue-twisters. Remember, Jarv is about to embark on tour with RA the Rugged Man on March 13th. Props to local boys done good.

Update: Jarv will be dropping a mixtape to kick off his upcoming tour -- expect more on that shortly.

Maiden Voyage will be appearing at Greggfest in May, an annual benefit festival in honor of the memory of Lyndon State student & musician Jake Gregg.