Green Ova is a headspace, a purple empire in the mind created by the constant grind of some of the shiniest new lights in Oakland rap. For Mondre and Squadda, it started in middle school, when Squadda scrawled "Main Attrakionz" onto a piece of scratch paper, and a duo was born. For Shady Blaze, the triple time-traveler who's nearly five years their senior, Green Ova is the culmination of a career based on razor-sharp skills, constant improvement, and wizened experience.
For one long weekend in February, though, Greenovaland was a real place. It was Downtown Oakland's Chapparral Gallery, transformed by the art of production wunderkinds Ontask Family. The opening night was one of the most spontaneous and joyful functions of its kind in Old Oakland, presented by the faithful cultural custodians at Flavourhood (click the link for photos rom the party that night) and the enduring effort of the ever-trusty Dream Collabo. The Green Ova crew laid down a knockout version of Ryan Hemsworth's "8Ball" remix (from the new Executive Series Chandelier Redux) and then took off for tour. They just wrapped up their East Coast dates and are landing in Austin, TX this week to turn it all green.