In the lead up to his appearance at the sold out Come Together Festival this weekend in Sydney, Purpose teams up with fellow PE member and Soulmate Records latest, MC Prime for an exclusive track titled Get Em High.
To all the lucky folk quick enough to snap up a ticket, get ready as Luna Park will become host to one of the biggest events on the local hip hop calendar. Headlined by undoubtedly one of the biggest names. A man who needs no introduction, multi award winning, 360 will close the day in the only way he knows how – absolute chaos.
Not to say the roof won’t be raised from opening doors, with Bam Bam kicking off the ceremonies, shortly followed by Purpose, with some very special guest performers. We’ve been sworn to secrecy – but organisers suggest you get there early, as this is one performance not to miss! The rest of the day and night will unfold with the cream of local hip hop, Skryptcha, Thundamentals, Koolism, Seth Sentry, plus Elefant Trak madness with Hermitude and Horrorshow.
To all the lucky folk quick enough to snap up a ticket to this year’s sold out Come Together Festival, get ready as we announce the stage times and countdown to the June long weekend. On June 9, Luna Park will host one of the biggest events on the local hip hop calendar, headlined by undoubtedly one of the biggest names.
A man who needs no introduction, multi award winning, 360 will close the day in the only way he knows how – absolute chaos. Not to say the roof won’t be raised from opening doors, with Bam Bam kicking off the ceremonies, shortly followed by Purpose, with some very special guest performers. We’ve been sworn to secrecy – but organisers suggest you get there early, as this is one performance not to miss!
The rest of the day and night will unfold with the cream of local hip hop, Skryptcha, Thundamentals, Koolism, Seth Sentry, Hermitude and Horrorshow. And for any adrenaline junkies, Luna Park will be offering unlimited free rides to all Come Together ticket holders. Just show your Come Together ticket to the Box Office between 1pm – 4pm. Now in its eighth year, Come Together is once again all Aussie hip hop as it was meant to be: loud, proud, and made in Australia!
In 2002 the genre was benchmarked by the release of Obesecity. The compilation channeled the strength and unity of a developing sub-culture. A mass collaboration, the release included exclusive tracks from artists now revered as the most influential pioneers in a booming industry.
Hilltop Hoods, Koolism, Reason, Terra Firma, Pegz, the late and great Hunter all contributed from across the country uniting crews and their fans. Since then Australian hip hop has come a long way. 2012 sees it as highly diverse, easily accessible, constantly evolving, always moving forward.
Obesecity 2: 10 Year Anniversary Edition (release date June/July 2012), will showcase established and up and coming breakthrough artists handpicked from across the country. For all involved the dual-disc compilation will provide a unique opportunity to share in the bigger picture, to be part of the collective by sharing skills with a reputable media network and a hungry fan base. This time around Obese Records is proud to announce that two track positions will be left open to the general public!
Up-and-coming unsigned hip hop artists Australia wide are encouraged to take part in this inaugural project by submitting their own individual track exclusive to the release. Stay tuned for weekly announcements including the unveiling of Obesecity 2: 10 Year Anniversary Edition artists, competition winners and more!
The 2012 Come Together Festival, to be held at the Big Top Luna Park on Saturday June 9, has sold out in record time! It’s no surprise, really, given the kingpins and rising cream of local hip hop on this year’s line-up.
Featuring its second all-Aussie hip hop line-up, Come Together is led by none-other than Melbourne’s multi platinum selling rapper, 360 in his next Sydney performance on his upcoming national tour, The Flying Tour which is setting ticket sales records around the country! Joining 360 are ARIA award nominees, Horrorshow, as well as beat giants Hermitude, Seth Sentry, Koolism, Thundamentals, Skryptcha, Purpose and Bam Bam.
Come Together has always featured the best home grown talent and has introduced and given our brand new talent the opportunity to perform on the big stage to an all ages audience. Hip hop fans who have secured their Come Together tickets will witness the sensational 360 ‘live show’ in what is going to be one of the best hip hop events this country has ever seen! This is local hip hop as it was meant to be: loud, proud, and custom made to raise the roof!
The first Obese Distribution release to drop in 2012 comes from Wagga Wagga’s own Rahjconkas and Brisbane native Mr Hill with their brand spanker The Feedback out Friday 27th of January. Production wise, the album boasts tasteful electronic components blended with rootsy, traditional highlights.
The duo have placed emphasis on matching lyrical content with sonic expression to epic effect. Contrast among tracks is strong, evident in Find My Way which features Spit Syndicate’s Joyride with its edgy and progressive feel, flipping it up to the horn-heavy, up-beat flavour of Revolution featuring Koolism’s Hau and Thundamentals Jeswon. With spots from Trails, The Tongue, Seven, Phatchance and 4th (Vegas Aces), this album is bound to be a banger.
Each an established artist in their own right, Mr. Hill and Rahjconkas have much experience both on the stage and in the booth. Mr Hill started out in the group Publik Relation, and has been playing shows in around Brisbane for numerous live acts since 2004, his confidence and skill on stage developing to that of an industry stalwart. Rahjconkas has opened for artists such as Urthboy, Jane Tyrell, Mantra, Phrase, M-Phazes and Muph. Recently, the multi-talented Emcee, Producer and Drummer has been working closely with Phatchance, Coptic Soldier and Johnny Utah (Featured triple j Artists), and has since expanded his beat sales to artists within America, Canada & New Zealand.
Track List 1.Who Da Man feat. Trails 2.Play No More 3.Warning Signs 4.City Glow feat. Seven and The Tongue 5. Turn Away feat. Phatchance 6.Sometimes 7.Out With the Old feat. 4th 8.Find My Way feat. Joyride 9.See Through 10.Revolution feat. Hau and Jeswon 11.Poor Sight 12.Rewind feat. Sharyn Payens *13.Bonus track (only available with physical album purchase)
Robert Hunter died at 7am Thursday 20 at Murdoch Hospice Western Australia. Hunter had been suffering from terminal cancer since his diagnosis in 2009. He struggled for the last few days and then peacefully passed with his mother by his side. Hunter’s family are making funeral arrangements and will issue a media statement with details of the special memorial gathering planned for fans and music industry peers.
His mother Trish says “I had 36 years with my beautiful son, he was the light of my life and I am so proud of what he achieved in the short time that we had him.” Fellow SBX member Optamus says “It’s a sad day for Australian Hip Hop, a true legend and one of my best friends has passed. He has inspired many and will inspire many more, long live his memory!” Marley’s mum Laura says, “I have been touched by the outpouring of love for Hunter, not just today but for all the people who have supported him with kind words throughout his battle. I am happy to say that we got to spend some quality family time together before he passed. Hunter tried not to let cancer affect his relationship with Marley.” SBX crew member Porsah Laine who is working with him on the CanTeen charity project says “I was hoping that Hunter would see the completion of his amazing project, but I‟m happy the pain has gone. He’s set a standard for us all, to even in the face of death, follow your passion and always help others.” SBX will be releasing a special track dedicated to Hunter’s 5 year old son Marley called, My Son, so if you hear it on the radio request it and hit it up on YouTube (below) to mark his sad passing.
(Family of Robert Hunter official media statement to friends and fans.)
Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen
The Australian Hip Hop community has united in support of Robert Hunter AKA Huntz, veteran artist and member of the infamous Syllabolix Crew, to release a compilation of never before heard tracks on an album titled Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen, due for release soon.Featuring the Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, Downsyde, Koolism, Bias B, Hermitude, and of course Hunter along with several yet to be announced acts, this album truly epitomises the best on offer of all things Hip Hop in this country. After being diagnosed in November 2009, Australian old school Rapper Hunter, felt there was something he could do for children living with cancer. He approached his friends in the industry to contribute a song for an album and enlisted MGMThe Groove Merchants to distribute the album at no cost.Hunter was a talented artist and avid supporter of Australian Hip-Hop and although very ill with neuroendocrine cancer, his passion and dedication has not waned and he is keen to make as much impact as possible both musically and for the cause that has supported him so absolutely throughout his battle with the illness. “It seemed like a natural thing for me, cos I knew a lot of people making Australian Hip Hop,” said Hunter. “Hip Hop can be very inspirational and hopefully we can sell enough CD’s and iTunes to make money to do something cool for the kids. When I was young I never got sick, I partied, I had a great time, these kids are missing out on that and it doesn’t seem fair so I figured I could raise money and they could have a good time”.
The CanTeen compilation album, Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen will be released very soon. For further information on the CanTeen Charity project, images and videos please go to the project website here.
Internationally renowned, ARIA nominated producer Katalyst returns with new album Deep Impressions, set for release today via Invada Records / Remote Control. The follow up album to his highly acclaimed 2007 album What’s Happening, a former triple j feature album, Deep Impressions is Katalyst’s third full length album and his most impressive work to date.
The latest product of his audiophiliac obsession, Deep Impressions deconstructs and distils soul, hip hop, funk, jazz, reggae and electro influences into what is perhaps most accurately described as “the Katalyst sound“. Deep Impressions is a reflection of the large variety tunes that influence Katalyst’s own musical direction. On the title of the album, Katalyst says, “Writing music for me is a continual process so when it came time to put the third Katalyst album together I looked at the songs I had written and recorded for the new release. As a body of work it was clear that many styles of music have made a deep impression on me as a producer. Hence the name of my album.”
On Deep Impressions, Katalyst collaborated with the likes of Los Angeles hip-hop artist Bootie Brown (of The Pharcyde), Sydney’s own KweenG (KillaQueenz), underground legend Mr Clean, and upcoming North Carolina MC Coin Locker Kid. Katalyst also teams up with long-term collaborators Stephanie McKay (USA), Steve Spacek (UK), Hau (Koolism), and Jade MacRae.
Katalyst is Sydney-based producer Ashley Anderson, one of Australia’s most prolific producers. Over the past two decades Katalyst has risen to the top of the Australian hip hop and electronica scenes, receiving multiple ARIA and J Award nominations along the way. His reputation as one of Australia’s best producers has seen him collaborate with the likes of Geoff Barrow of Portishead, Aloe Blacc, Dead Prez, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, J-Live, Finale, Frank n Dank, Diverse, Ugly Duckling, and Steve Spacek (who together form Space Invadas). Katalyst has performed alongside The Roots, Jack Johnson, Jurassic 5, DJ Shadow, The Black Eyed Peas and Mix Master Mike and Ben Harper, and has also performed at Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out, Homebake, The Falls Festivals, and Good Vibrations.
1. Day Into Night – Feat. Stephanie McKay 2. Black Dragon – Feat. Mr Clean 3. Pot Or Pills 4. Ready To Drop – Feat. Kween g 5. Beware 6. Clapping Song – Feat. Coin Locker Kid 7. The Popcorns – Feat. Jane Doe 8. It’s A Blast 9. U Can’t Save Me – Feat. Buff 1 & Stephanie McKay 10. No. 1 11. The Lights – Feat. Booty Brown & Spacek 12. Who’s Doing It 13. Time Ticks On – Feat. Hau 14. Dreaming Of You
Having dropped her exciting debut album Me, Me, Me and Him: The Secret Life of a Receptionist last year, Melbourne MC Class A is back and shows no sign of slowing down as she reveals new single Never featuring Ishu.
Her last record saw her collaborating with Aussie hip hop heroes M-Phazes, BVA, Urban Monk and Doc Felix, which gained loads of local buzz and saw her truly cement her position within the Australian hip hop scene. She’s shared the stage with the likes of Dilated Peoples, Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and J-Live, as well as national stalwarts The Hilltop Hoods, Urthboy, Mantra & Ozi Batla. The new track signals the beginning of a new direction for Class A, with a shady, moody electro beat coupled with Class A’s trademark, mellifluous flow. The track also features Ishu, with whom Class A is working on a new EP with. Watch this space…
“She presents a cool style to this scene with the ability to chop and change between rapping and singing, boasting and being insightful and being playful and serious. Her strength is in her versatility which, I feel, will overshadow a lot of other MCs, male and female.” – Triple J, Hip Hop Show’s Hau Latukefu
Tickets are selling fast for Da Klinic’s 10th Birthday Party held at HQ Adelaide on 29th of July and will featuring – Koolism -Bias B – Vents – Briggs – Terra Firma – K21 & more. Help join us for a night to remember.
Tickets are avaialble now from Da Klinic and Clinic 116.
Prices are $25+bf (first round). $30+bf(2nd round). More information can be found here.