If you went looking for the next revolutionary group in hip-hop, you probably wouldn’t expect to find them in Burlington, Vermont. But 99 Neighbors love to upend expectations. So the fact that they come from a woodsy hometown, far away from any anywhere people expect rap groups to come from, is only the beginning.
A sprawling collective of rappers, singers, songwriters, producers, instrumentalists, and visual artists, 99 Neighbors challenges our preconceived notions of what a band even is. The lineup has evolved fluidly throughout its formation (although it’s more or less set these days). No one person does just one thing, so the vocalists also make beats, and someone making beats one day might be directing a music video the next.
If you need help keeping them all straight (we feel you), that lineup currently consists of:
Sam Paulino (rapper/singer/songwriter)
Hank “HANKNATIVE” Collins (rapper/singer/songwriter)
Aidan Ostby (singer/songwriter)
Connor “Swank” Stankevich (rapper/songwriter)
Caleb “Somba” Hoh (producer/engineer/composer/songwriter)
Julian “Juju” Segar-Reid (producer/multi-instrumentalist/composer)
Jared “JFear” Fier (DJ)
Shane Kaseta (photographer)
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