The string singles continues from, Auckland, New Zealand producer P-Money. Late last month we were treated to his first feature and the lead single off his U.S. debut album featuring Roc Marciano. This week we have the follow up to The Professional titled Break It Down feat. Freddie Gibbs & Fashawn.
With a string of platinum albums and number one singles to his credit, P-Money has become a household name in New Zealand. Now he joins stable mate David Dallas as the latest Kiwi to sign a deal with the renowned New York based label that has distributed projects for 9th Wonder, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Buckshot, Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, Sean Price and more.
P-Money’s Gratitude LP, dropping May 21, via Duck Down Music.
Since combining a lifelong passion for poetry with hip hop, 22 year old female emcee Madame Wu has worked tirelessly to produce a sensitive yet fearless style of lyricism commenting widely from social justice issues affecting youths to the highly personal.
With over 50 live shows under her belt in Sydney, Katoomba, Brisbane and New Zealand supporting the likes of De La Soul, Def Wish Cast, Thundamentals, Hermitude and Tuka as well as running her own monthly hip hop nights (she co organised the biggest all female hip hop lineup last year to raise funds for Sisters Inside) and with an album on the way, there are no signs of this emcee slowing down.
Ethereal vocalist Elise Graham and turntablism mastery by DJ Prolifik complete a commanding yet intimate live performance. Her album is now available at jbhifi through Creative Vibes and on iTunes.
Broken Thought Theory are a hip-hop outfit stemming from Sydney’s inner west. With beat makers, emcees and a dynamic vocalist, the group have just released a cracking free EP that already has 3 of its tracks in the top 10 of the triple j unearthed hip hop charts.
Broken Thought Theory have already played to sell out crowds in Sydney and supported artists such as De La Soul and Kool and the Gang. Amongst the Broken Thought Theory brood is one of Canada’s finest young exports, State Advanced. He has left his shores and his crew Character Traits, for the bright lights of Sydney. Miss V, a soul singer that cut her teeth around inner city Melbourne, has also sunk her teeth into the heart of Sydney. Her sound is heavily influenced by her soul, funk and hip-hop predecessors, which she willingly wares on her sleeve.
Beat maker and emcee E.R. has been polishing his rhymes for almost a decade, forming Depth with fellow emcee Skase. After releasing their debut self-titled album the duo drew separate paths, though never ventured too far from their counterparts. Broken Thought Theory now bring you their official self titled debut EP. Available for free download, you can pick up the 7 track Broken Thought Theory EP below. You can also check out the video clip for the lead single Hand To Hand Motion above.
Sydney MC Hyjak is best known for his earlier work with his Obese Records signed group, Hyjak N Torcha and for some of the most memorable local battles seen in the 90′s. With his diverse sound that showcases a Sydney street influence from the graffiti writers he grew up with, Hyjak has managed to cement his name amongst the greats of the local scene.
Already in his illustrious career he has performed with the likes of Xzibit, Mobb Deep, Gang Starr, Lord Finesse, Murs, De La Soul and Hilltop Hoods. Hyjak is still a very busy man, appearing on Kerser’s – The Nebulizer release last year and also recently releasing a free mixtape for download titled The Reminder. Hyjak is using these mixtapes as an introduction to the second stage of his career as a solo artist. Hyjak now brings you Straight Jak, a free download with 12 tracks featuring P. Smurf, Promisques, Two Tokez and Herb. Straight Jak is produced by DJ Ask.
Track List: 1. Ram Raid 2. Never Let You Go feat. Promisques 3. The Truth 4. Superhero 5. It’s Getting Hot 6. Paper Straight 7. wasting Time feat. Promisques 8. Bad Things feat. Two Tokez + P. Smurf 9. Drop The Bass 10. Jax Beat feat. Herb 11. Mind State 12. Words That I Say.
Hailing from Hobart mdusu (pronounced muh-DOO-soo) or MD or Duse, is one of Tasmania’s premier hip hop artists. Since his first live performance as an MC in 2003, the MC/producer has built himself a reputation Australia-wide for quality recordings and raucous live shows, a feat which is all the more remarkable considering the isolation of his home town.
In just a few short years, he has performed alongside acts such as De La Soul, Jurassic 5, Jungle Brothers, Z-Trip, Swollen Members, The Herd, Drapht, Funkoars, Muph & Plutonic etc. and can even lay claim to having shared a stage with Wolfmother (before the Grammy). MD has also performed at every major music festival in Tasmania’s history (the Basin Concert, Gone South, the Southern Roots & Blues Festival, Soundscape & the Falls Festival), and has been a performer on over 10 albums as either a solo artist or band member since 1998.
MD is also an accomplished producer, having laced beats for almost every MC in Tasmania during his 10 plus-years as a beatmaker. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, mdusu has spent more than half his life playing various instruments in live ensembles, and has toured Australia & around the Pacific Islands as far as Hawaii, playing many different styles of music.
Electric Sky is the new EP from MD, featuring six instrumentals, no sample loops – made entirely from one-shot drums & synths. This ‘pay what you want‘ release is on some future-soul shit and is available now through Tape Death’s Bandcamp page. Check it out.
Melbourne’s first ever floating block party Boats, Rhymes & Life. Jump around to bangin’ beats and sure fire rhymes over 2 levels aboard the good ship Victoria Star.
Headlining the top deck is Mantra whose instant classic Got Me Wrong has become part of everyone’s play list over the last few months. Mantra will be rocking the boat with his crew Bam Bam and DJ Wasabi.
We also have DJ/Producer extraordinaire Nick Thayer headlining the lower deck. He has worked with some legendary international artists such as A Skillz and DJ Yoda on seminal labels like Bomb Strikes, Insane Bangers, Southern Fried and Hot Cakes. We think Nick adds a nice twist to the party.
We’re also super excited to have The Psyde Projects on board who are fresh from supporting Pete Rock! MC’s D-Fro, ILResponce and their DJ Mr. Moonshine are purveyors of that super funky golden era style hip hop. Their album Welcome To Boomtown is a must, if you love that old school party style hip hop.
Then there’s the super fresh DJ line-up… DJ Perplex, two-time Redbull Threestyle Australian Champion and three-time Australian DMC champion. A true turntable technician and chief party rocker. It doesn’t stop there, DJ Flagrant who recently won the Victorian heat of the Redbull Threestyle comp is on hand to make the party bounce. Did we mention sneaker freaker and superstar ‘she-jay’ M.A.F.I.A will also be dropping some serious heat?
DJ Prequel in the house! Having supported hip hop legends such as MF Doom, De La Soul, Odd Future and Grand Wizard Theodore you know Prequel will have the dancefloor heaving.
Zack Rampage is also on deck, you may have heard him spinning old school hip hop across the airwaves on PBS every Friday afternoon. Finally we have Claymore 74 who has been killing it, at the Fabulous Funk parties with The Soul City Sound System. Fat beats and a killer line-up on a boat? Hell yeah!
And remember what happens at sea, stays at sea! $36 per passenger + Booking Fee
WIN a double pass: Hit us at email@example.com with your mobile, name and the answer to this question: What is the name of Mantra’s lastest album? We have two sets to giveaway. Winners will be contact Friday March 2.
Hau from the almighty Koolism crew has thrown together a belated Christmas message/2010 Wrap up for all the heads. Hau sent a little message with the track which you can read below.
“Wrote it while coolin’ with my fam’ in Bega. Recorded in the car using the lap top so, you know… it’s on some lo-fi business. Haha. The beat is from RUN DMC’s, ‘Christmas in Hollis’. A few random shout outs at the end… so if you didn’t hear your name and think I should’ve mentioned it, catch you next time. Anyway, nuff talking and have a listen.”
Koolism are considered to be one of Australia’s first ever hip hop groups. They formed in 1992, and consist of world-class DJ Danielsan, and equally as impressive emcee Hau. They were the first Hip Hop outfit in Australia to win an ARIA award for their album Part 3 – Random Thoughts in 2004.
The Umu is dedicated to the essence of original and classic hip hop. What does the album’s name mean you ask? As Hau puts it:
“‘Umu is a Tongan word for an underground oven. It’s a long and tiring process in which to prepare and to cook food slowly and thoroughly, but its results are rewarding and enjoyed by all who feast on it. That’s what I feel this album is like. A lot of time, money, heart and soul went into making this album. But after all that, the fruits of our labour are now ready to enjoy. And you know how Tongans eat, so you better get a big plate and fill it up!”
Koolism were, and still are one of the most respected hip hop groups in Australia. These veteran hip hoppers have toured extensively and supported some of the biggest names: De La Soul, Grandmaster Flash, J5, The Roots, Jazzy Jeff, the list goes on and on..as well as playing all the major summer festivals. The release of The Umu puts them back in the game and we look forward to all it delivers! The Umu dropped Friday September 3.
Track Listing 1. Welcome To The ‘Umu 2. Hanz High 3. Ready 4. Cash Monet 5. Jam Hot 6. Have, Have Not 7. Musical In Between Bit 8. Movin’ 9. Can’t Stand It 10. Hommage A La Wu 11. Yeah 12. Lovely 13. Bass Jammin’ Interlude 14. Turning Back 15. Get Free 16. Alone
One of the most important recordings in the evolution of hip hop is De La Soul’s milestone album, De La Soul Is Dead. At the time of its release it literally altered the cultural landscape of hip hop music across the globe and ushered in a new era of positivity and consciousness in global hip hop culture.
The album was produced by legendary DJ producer Prince Paul, and between them, Paul, Mase, Dave and Pos gave birth to one of the most loved and celebrated hip hop records of all time, which included classic De La joints like ‘(A Rollerskatin Jam Called) Saturdays’, ‘Ring Ring’, ’Keepin The Faith’ and ‘Pass The Plugs’.
2011 is the 20th anniversary of the release of this golden moment in hip hop history, and to celebrate, Peace Music is proud to present De La Soul, Prince Paul and special international guests, live in concert, performing the album in its entirety from start to finish.
This is a once in a life time opportunity to see one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time recreated live in concert. De La Soul’s 2009 tour of Australia sold out venues around the country, so get your tickets fast to avoid disappointment.
As a special thanks to all our friends in Sydney and Melbourne Peace Music is giving you the first opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the shows in these cities via the Peace Music web site www.peacemusic.com.au for just $55.00 plus booking fee! This offer is strictly limited to 150 tickets in each city.
Check out this summer’s hottest hip hop jam at the following venues; Sydney, Enmore Theatre, Thursday 10th February 2011On sale 9am Tuesday 14th December – http://www.ticketek.com.au
Coptic Soldier is preparing for his debut EP release teaming up with Sydney singer Miriam Waks for eight top tracks on The Sound of Wings EP. The guys over at Rhythm & Poetry are giving you the chance to win a copy of The Sound of Wings EP, but you have to be quick.
Here’s how you do it.
1. Start by Logging into Twitter (if you don’t have an account, go get one)
2. follow my man Coptic Soldier (@copticsoldier)
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The rules are simple, tweet the above phrase in it’s entirety, unedited on twitter before 11:59pm on the 19th of March 2010 (AWST, +8 GMT) while following the twitter user copticsoldier and you’re in with a chance to win. If your tweets aren’t public or Coptic Soldier can’t see them because you have him blocked or you’re not following Coptic Soldier when at competition closing time, you’re not entered, it’s really that simple.
Full post, including exclusive leak of the track Burn Churches at RandPhere.
The Sound Of Wings is the debut collaborative EP from Sydney emcee Coptic Soldier and Sydney soul vocalist Miriam Waks; it drops nationally on April 1st. The Sound Of Wings blends textures and influences from across the board into the type of homogeny that promises to bridge the genre gap, and offers a sound that will be embraced by indie, soul, hip hop and pop lovers alike.
Coptic Soldier has come off the back of four years of nonstop touring, traveling and performing alongside rising Australian hip-hop emcee Phatchance in support of the likes of Bliss n Eso, The Potbelleez, Horrorshow, The Herd, Drapht, Pez, The Funkoars, Pegz, Muph n Plutonic and Phrase as well as international heavy weights Method Man and Redman, De La Soul and Planet Asia, just to name a few.
After receiving nominations for 2008 MO Awards (Johnny O’Keefe Encouragement Award), and the 2007 ACE Awards (Best New Talent), and also appearing on Spit Syndicate’s 2008 ARIA nominated album (Best Urban Release), Miriam Waks returned to Australia from internationally touring her music through India to headline back to back sold out “Songs of the Romance Languages” events in both Sydney and Melbourne.
The Sound Of Wings is packed full of production from some of the best beat smiths in the country, including K21 (2008 Hilltop Hoods Initiative winner), Ash Pope and Germany’s Allrounda.
The Sounds Of Wings boasts verses from Phatchance (Crowned a Triple J Unearthed Featured Artist in 2009), Sydney’s underground heavy weights Mind Over Matter as well as Kansas City’s former Scribble Jam champ Mac Lethal (of Rhymesayers Enternainment). Through working alongside live guitarist Jonnathan Riechardt and bassist Kieran Owens The Sound Of Wings possesses an energy that grants listeners a sense of passion and depth from start to finish.
Hailing from Hobart – Australia’s southern-most capital city, mdusu (pronounced muh-DOO-soo) is one of Tasmania’s premier hip hop artists. Since his first live performance as an emcee in 2003, the MC/producer has built himself a reputation Australia-wide for quality recordings and raucous live shows, a feat which is all the more remarkable considering the isolation of his home town. In just a few short years, he has performed alongside acts such as De La Soul, Jurassic 5, Jungle Brothers, Z-Trip, Swollen Members,The Herd, Drapht, Funkoars, Muph & Plutonic etc. and can even lay claim to having shared a stage with Wolfmother (before the Grammy). Mdusu has also performed at every major music festival in Tasmania’s history (the Basin Concert, Gone South, the Southern Roots & Blues Festival, Soundscape & the Falls Festival), and has been a performer on over 10 albums as either a solo artist or band member since 1998.
As an emcee, mdusu earned his stripes through the freestyle & battle scenes, winning countless emcee battles across Tasmania, and performing solidly in battles across Melbourne. His lyrical skill has gained him respect amongst the leaders of the Australian hip hop scene, and has led to collaborations with many artists from around the world. mdusu is also an accomplished producer, having laced beats for almost every emcee in Tasmania during his 10 plus-years as a beatmaker. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, mdusu has spent more than half his life playing various instruments in live ensembles, and has toured Australia & around the Pacific Islands as far as Hawaii, playing many different styles of music.
In 2007, he produced two tracks for The Tongue’s debut, “Shock & Awe”, and supplied a verse to super-producer Chasm for his 2008 smash debut LP, “Beyond the Beat Tape”. The following year saw him drop verses on Dialectrix’s debut smash “Cycles of Survival”, and Astronomy Class’ second album “Pursuit of Happiness”, which was nominated for the “Best Urban/Hip Hop” Album of the 2009 ARIA awards. mdusu also produced a track for Obese Records’ signing Skryptcha on the DJ Flagrant-mixed mixtape “Who’s Got Next”.
In May 2008, mdusu and Tasmanian DJ Dameza released their groundbreaking sophomore LP, Can we get a soul clap? On May 10th (distributed by Obese Records). The album was picked up by Triple J, and helped mdusu&dameza become one ofTriple J’s Next Crop artists for 2008, an honour which is only bestowed upon 30 artists of all genres across Australia. The album was also made the Triple J Hip Hop Show “Album of the Week” (June 9th-15th).
In February 2009, mdusu embarked on his biggest challenge to date, to raise money for victims of the Victorian Bushfire: A 12-hour non-stop Freestyle Marathon. Not only did he manage this incredible and never-before tried feat, he raised over $1300 in the process, and set an unofficial world record (longest continuous freestyle rap) in the process.
After relocating to the Gold Coast for family reasons in July 2009, mdusu released his solo debut, “The Excess Baggage Mixtape” (available below) – which has over 500 downloads in just two weeks, and is currently putting together his debut solo producer album, which features some Australia’s best emcee’s, singers & DJs.
My new album is going to be the first solo effort I’ve ever done – all my previous stuff has been group stuff, so I’m excited as to take the leap of faith by myself, and see what happens. I’ve been working on it for about a year and a half now, and I’m just up to the stage of getting verses back from people and mixing the whole thing. Not sure if I’m going to approach any labels about it yet, but ideally I’ll be able to work out a licensing deal for release. Guests include: Muph, Solo, Louis Logic, Dialectrix, Jeswon of Thundamentals, Ozi Batla, Skryptcha, BVA, Scott Burns, Roshambo, The Tongue, Patto, Haunts of Choose Mics, Homebrew (NZ), Thorts, Class A, Syntax, Prime, Purpose, & Rigby, so it’s a real collaborative effort. It’s gonna be called Ex-Samples, and I’ll be handling all the production, so it’s a pretty massive undertaking.
2010 – The Excess Baggage Mixtape – all verses and arrangement
2009 – Astronomy Class – Pursuit Of Happiness – Verse on “War Of The Worlds”
2009 – Who Got Next Mixtape – Production on Skryptcha “For You”
2008 – Dialectrix – Cycles of Survival – Verse on “The Takeover”
2008 – mdusu&dameza – can we get a soul clap? – Verses & all production
2008 – Chasm – Beyond The Beat Tape – Verse on “Cop a Lesson”
2008 – Unleash The Nugget – The Illustrated Guide to… EP – Drums & percussion
2007 – The Tongue – Shock & Awe – Production on “That Word” & “The Blues”
2007 – Heads of State – Making The Best Of What We’ve Got – Verses & all production
2006 – mdusu&dameza – sounds from our town – verses & all production