At just sixteen years of age, Soliloquy has accomplished more than most young aspiring rappers can even dream of, let alone will ever achieve. His debut performance was in front of a sold out venue, making a guest appearance on stage with New York Hip-Hop legend Pharoahe Monch.
In July of 2011, Soliloquy released his debut EP The Unveiling, receiving much acclaim from industry figures and the general public alike. He spent the following year honing his craft, working on new material and performing around Melbourne. 2012 brought yet another rebirth for Soliloquy, as he has matured lyrically and experientially. His second release Seven showed a more focused and concise lyricist, one with a discerning ear for structure and musical evolution.
Having received airplay and acclaim from triple j for his collaboration with Mantra, Jeremedy (Grey Ghost), Julez and DJ Flagrant on the Max Damage produced Set It Off, Soliloquy is more focused than ever.
Soliloquy’s third offering Double Sided, is a short but concise piece of work that was released early in 2013. Featuring guest verses from Dylan Joel, Remi and Elemont and production from J Smith & Dutch, Max Damage, Billy Hoyle and SilentJay, Double Sided proves Soliloquy to be a more measured lyricist, yet one whom still displays a knack for intelligent and thought provoking lyrics.
With a strong understanding of the foundations of Hip-Hop and respect for its’ future, Soliloquy proves that he intellectually surpasses his mere sixteen years and displays all the hallmarks of a long and prosperous career. Soliloquy’s latest EP Double Sided is available here.
Big Village Records is proud to present the official Launch for Rapaport’s Patterns mixtape, an unrelenting dose of left field grime raps, over an assortment of original and bootlegged bass beats from UK and Australia.
This collection of tracks showcases Rapaport as a unique MC in the Australian hip hop landscape, pursuing a defiantly UK sound, while still retaining a self effacing honesty and oddball sense of humour in his lyricism.
August 17 will see Rapaport take over GoodGod Small Club with a night of banging hip-hop and sophisticated grime, with Live support from Swarmy, Julez & DJ Sizzle (from Melbourne), Tenth Dan & Grub and DJ’s Klue, Max Gosford and Juzlo. Rapaport has been a constant contributor in the Sydney music scene for a number of years, most recently as Label Manager of Big Village Records. He independently released his debut Rapaport album Laughing on the Inside in 2009 before forming Loose Change with Ellesquire and P Major in 2010 and releasing their self-titled debut album through Big Village.
With a broad scope of styles from introspective, dark humour, battle-style music to good old boom bap lyricism, Cryptic (aka James Dowling) is admired for his uniquely complex rhyming patterns, verbose dexterity, relevant humour, stage presence and stylised flow.
Cryptic has diligently analysed and worked on his craft, and is now producing a unique sound on stage and in the booth. Having battled in Got Beef? Battles, Real Talk Battle League and Grind Time Now Australia, and played middle scale gigs across Australia, Cryptic, with crew 3000 are taking it to the next level.
Cryptic has released his debut LP titled Master Of Words available here and features production from Vince Van Go, Vampts, Rahjconkas, Julez and more. His next release is due very soon and is titled David Crypperfield Mixtape. You can check out a new track lifted from that release titled Epigraph below, production duties handled by South Australian Realizm.
Somewhere amongst Melbourne’s talent-filled swarm of new artist’s you’ll find a kid named Ryan Egan.
Some may call this twenty-something’s music Hip-Hop and some may call it something completely different. Ryan, on the other hand prefers to not label it with any type of genre’, and to just let the listener decide instead.
Ryan has gone from performing at local house parties to sharing the stage with artists such as Seth Sentry, Motley (UK) and Julez – all in a few months work.
He may be putting a touch of Hip Hop over a well-known Coldplay song, or talking about his favourite blogs to read or cartoons to watch, either way – it’s interesting music.
Ryan’s creative fusion of Hip Hop and other genre’s is a brave new leap into an unknown field for local music in recent years. Such work has been featured or played on Triple J,PBS, jTV, Syn FM and was last seen on LA Lifestyle blog The Hundreds for his work on The Intern.
So with that said and done, welcome to the world of a kid named Ryan Egan.
The real artist biography is in the music……Please press play.
Thoughts and Quotes from Ryan A lot of people ask me why I called it ‘The Intern’, and it’s for a number of reasons. At first, I actually was interning and wanted to document what it’s like to be doing something completely unpaid but working just as hard as everyone else, purely to get somewhere and achieve something. But as I went on, I realised that at the end of the day – no matter how high up you get – you’re always learning. There’s always something to learn. So I guess we’re all kind of intern’s in that sense?
I tried my best to make it seem like a month in the life of an intern. It starts from that period where you just start to get over a internship/job and question it a little, getting there, sitting in traffic, your boss ect. That’s why there’s a ‘letter of resignation’ track at the end, to summarise that day when you just walk up to your boss and say ‘I quit’. I also did a lunch break interlude because I think most people can relate to that, when your having a bad day and you just sit in your lunch break like ‘damn, this job sucks’. I tried to document it in third person as much as I could, but I’d be lying if I didn’t include some of my own stories and thoughts in it. I think that by the end of The Intern, you feel happy for the kid. Like he’s quitting for the best.
‘The Intern’ is officially a mixtape, because there are other producers beats on there that I used, but essentially it was made like an album, and sounds like one too. I used the same engineer as M-Phazes to mix and master it completely from start to finish. I put a lot on the line for this, but I’m happy how it’s come out. The people I wanted to listen to it have, and mostly there has been a good response. Download, Burn, Share with whoever you like – I really don’t mind.
Basically, I made the intern with the same attitude someone would have had when making an album. I treated it like my first album. I wanted to make something that sounded versatile, unique and completely different. I want to be the weirdo of this place – there’s no other way I’d rather fit in.
I really don’t want to sound cocky, or totally arrogant in a Kanye way – but so far I’m the only dude in Australia that has put his vocals over a beat by Coldplay, and actually pulled it off. I do different shit, period. I get it – I’m left field. I couldn’t care less if it gets me bad attention, because it’s still attention. One person complains about how wack I am and three more people listen purely out of curiosity – and they usually enjoy it. Hopefully!
I just make music. I’ve already done a completely new mixtape since doing this that I’m going to put out while I’m in NYC, and it’s totally Hip-Hop/Rap. No singing. Just to show the other side. People told me I can’t rap, so I guess I had to show that side too somehow.
Ryan Egan – ‘The Intern’
-Available for free download here.
-Hard Copies available for purchase here.