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.
Rapaport is a part of hip hop crew Loose Change, front man for theatrical live band The Phonies, creator of hip hop art gameshow Sketch The Rhyme, and part of new record label Big Village.
Rapaport independently released his debut solo album Laughing on the Inside in 2009, and has won numerous emcee battles including FBi Radio Iron Lyricist 2009, and runner up in Australian Scribble Jam 2006.
Rapaport is now focussed on grime as a solo artist and will be putting out more one take mixes, with a full length grime release due out 2011.
As a part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, running from September 23, till October 11 hip hop will meet visual art in a theatrical improvised performance. This is a collaboration of artists, rappers and musicians where the audience is as much a part of the show as the performers. Artists sketch on paper which is filmed and projected live. Rappers freestyle about what the artists are drawing and audiences are invited to participate as the improvisation is structured into games. Games are inspired by Mr Squiggle, Pictionary and live animation. The live musical accompaniment is courtesy of Sydney hip hop gents The Phonies.
Some info on Rapaport; Joel Rapaport is a self professed ‘neurotic’, 25y.o MC from Inner-West Sydney. We’re lucky that these various neuroses’ have been successfully harnessed and channelled into the eclectic wordplay and well-considered production in his first full length LP,Laughing On The Inside
His experiences as a prize-winning battler (2006 Scribble Jam NSW winner, and runner up in 2006 Scribble Jam Australian Final) made all the more interesting by his naturally bravado-free approach in such heated surroundings. You can catch more on Rapaporthere.