Andrew Cotton
 

Vermont native Kyle Thompson has been an artist, DJ, MC and record producer for over fifteen years. After DJing a successful old-school hip-hop show at the University of Vermont, Kyle took his book of rhymes on the road with the acid-jazz/hip-hop/soul group “Belizbeha” in 1993, and the 7-piece collective spent the next 6 years touring the US and Germany, performing in excess of 250 shows per year.

Shaking loose from the tour grind, Kyle landed a weekly spot on the triple-A Vermont radio station 96.7 (WPLS) called “The Groovebox.” At the same time, he released the first in a collection of independent compilations on his own record label entitled “HOP,” which showcased the finest downtempo, acid-jazz, hip-hop and soul from artists in and around the northeast US. Between 1999 and 2004, he released six subsequent volumes of the HOP series.

In 2005, Kyle produced and released “Burlington’s Un-Scene,” a compilation of the best of the area’s hip-hop MCs and DJs. After successful live weekly gigs with hip-hop groups “Eye Oh You” and “Three the Hard Way,” Kyle can currently be found locking it down at five different weekly gigs where he spins everything from hip-hop to soul to 80’s and old school.

Kyle’s bold, fresh, paint-penned works on canvas showcase figures from the DJ and hip-hop pantheon and images from popular culture against bold, colorful backgrounds. Though the works are made to have the strong graphic "pop" of silkscreens, they are composed entirely by freehand, he keeps lines sharp and clean and color contrasts crisp. Having sold out six Burlington-area shows in the past 5 years, images of Kyle’s work have been reproduced as posters, prints, cards, shower curtains and cell phone screen savers, but the originals are one-of-a-kind.