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Monday, June 4, 2007

Those 802 rappers

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Remember the 802 Music Video? I posted it as a Vermont YouTube of the day on May 2.

Since then, its creators, Colin Arisman, Kevin Hartmann and Luke Martin have gotten quite a bit of press. Channel 5 and WCAX did segments on them, the Barre/Montpelier Times Argus wrote about 'em, so did the Rutland Herald. Now the New York Times has a story.

OK, it's great that these guys got exposure in the NYT, but look at this ridiculous lead:

Vermonthas long been a muse for poets and painters, but rappers have neverbeen known to draw inspiration from its bucolic landscapes andpostcard-perfect small towns.

Until now.

The quietstreets and low crime rates of Vermont have worked their way into thehip-hop world, thanks to a rap video called “802,” made by threestudents at Montpelier High School.      

Oh those wacky Vermonters! Aw, shucks! Ugh.

One precious nugget of this coverage that you might have missed — Barre City Councilor Carol Dawes' employer, Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, suggested that she write a rap for them. Here's an excerpt of her CVABE rap, as reported in the TA:

CVABE, spreading lit'racy /

CVABE, spreading lit'racy /

From the north, Lamoille County / To the south in Randolph town /

From the mighty Connecticut River / To the west down in Moretown /

In the learning centers, libraries, the workplaces and homes / We are spreading lit'racy, we are helping you become... /

A better reader, better writer, better in math, too / Maybe even helping you become a great compu... /

...ter whiz. Or learning English as a new way to talk, / We will teach you the skills so you can walk the walk. /

Now why can't I find that rap on their website?

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

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Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam, and compiles a weekly tech e-newsletter. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired... more

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