Written by Ryan Lyons
It was good to be in the building at Beet Trip recently and see Hip Hop being manifested in Baltimore. A lot of talented acts were in the building including Butch Dawson, Mr. 14th, Aus Taylor, Jordxn Bryant, and Tek Lun. Multiple emcees were freestyling while a producer made beats in the background. The doors were pretty much packed from wall to wall with interesting people just looking to have a great time. Natty Boh's were on deck, and Baltimore Hip Hop afficianado Què Pequeño was checking guests in while talking with folks at the door. I briefly spoke to him about the 53rd Beet Trip. He wants the 54th to be even more interesting. We also spoke about the history of the event and this great platform for burgeoning artists.
What do you think is the most significant thing you've seen at Beet Trip so far?
The most significant thing about Beet Trip, in my opinion, is the spirit in the room. You get a group of introverted millennials of color from the city and elsewhere in Baltimore in a room together to share what beats and rhymes with people they know and people they don't. If they don't get to turn off their inner critic anywhere else, they do when with each other, and I don't think that's appreciated enough.
How did it come together initially?
Beet Trip is one of the staple events started by Llamadon under Dylijens, Andrew Wilkinson, Lonnie Moore, and NASA 8. Although the venues have changed, the rules have remained the same: 1. Respect the space 2. freestyles, no pre-written rhymes 3. Pass the mic. 4. Producers have five minutes to play a beat before passing it to the next person.
" I want to see as many if not more women behind the beats and on the mic as I see men for this one and the future." - Que Pequeno
What are your hopes for the next event?
For the next event, I want to see more involvement from the crowd. I want to see as many if not more women behind the beats and on the mic as I see men for this one and the future. I love every Beet Trip I've been to and want everyone to feel comfortable enough to express themselves at these events.