It’s the return of the chosen ones. Perth’s undisputed Overlords of hardcore; Clandestien, from the mighty SyllabolixCrew, are back in effect. The trio of Tomahawk, Graphic and Mortar have ventured out from the Citadel to once again unleash their trademark darkness upon those who would claim king. They’re back. And this time they’ve bought the whole armoury.
Unlike the groups previous releases such as Dynasty 2004 and Chasms of the Citadel 2007, where production was handled predominately by Mortar, here the sonic weaponry has been deployed by a variety of arms dealers. Suffa of the Hilltop Hoods provides a guitar heavy stomper with Relaxing In Blood. Trials kicks the system into def-con 1 mode with Daydream Of A Killing and Tornts wires up the beat for shock and awe with InTerrorGate. Conseps and Beats lay down heavy covering fire on The Stampede which sees the Clan, AE, Trials and Evolve absolutely smash through the speakers and run wild through your cities blocks taking no prisoners.
With uncompromising lyrics, sharp witted intelligent word play, bomb production and their signature artwork Clandestien have earned a cult status in the minds of many a hip hop aficionado. The timer is set and Weapons Grade is set to explode.
Track list: 1. Clandestino 2. Relaxing in Blood 3. Light It Up 4. Daydream of a Killing ft. The Funkoars & Vents 5. Firebrands 6. The Offensive ft. Brad Strut 7. You’re All Goners 8. Warning Shot ft. Hunter 9. Battle Hymn of the New Republic ft. Ciecmate & Maggot Mouf 10. Horror Movie Life ft. Defyre 11. Australian Gothik 12. InTerrorGate ft. Tornts 13. Shield Your Fearful Eyes ft. FlashOne 14. The Mangled Frame of Truth 15. The Stampede ft. Addroit Effusive, Trials & Evolve 16. Put in Work ft. K21 & Motion 17. The Joint ft. Bunks & Briggs 18. Swan Song ft. SBX
Credits: All tracks Produced by Mortar except: ‘Relaxing in Blood’ Produced by Suffa ‘Daydream of a Killing’ and ‘The Mangled Frame of Truth’ Produced by Trials ‘InTerrorGate’ Produced by Tornts ‘The Stampede’ Produced by Conseps ‘Put in Work’ Produced by K21 All cuts by Defyre Artwork by Tomahawk and Deej Mastered by Neville Clarke at Disk-Edits
It’s the return of the chosen ones, Perth’s undisputed overlords of hardcore, Clandestien from the mighty Syllabolix Crew are back in effect. The trio of Tomahawk, Graphic, and Mortar have ventured out from the citadel to once again unleash their trademark darkness upon those who would claim king.
They’re back, and this time they’ve bought the whole armory. An armory full of weaponry in the form of hip hop at its most razor-sharp. Weapons Grade, the groups forth release, sees the cohort combine their venomous lyrical prowess teamed with a gang of the countries standout bomb manufacturers to conjure up eighteen tracks of raw firepower. Clandestien again display a depth of skill which lies beyond the norm; alongside such esteemed marksmen as Brad Strut featured on ‘The Offensive‘, an onslaught of vicious spiticism. The Funkoars and Vents on ‘Daydream of a Killing‘, a foray into the twisted writings of rap’s most heinous. As well as Billy Bunks and Briggs on ‘The Joint‘. Other appearances also include Ciecmate, Maggot Mouf and Tornts, Defyre, FlashOne, K21, Motion, Evolve and the un-stoppable Adroit Effusive collective. The album detonates with ‘Swan Song‘, a track that sees the Syllabolix squad, including the late great Hunter, breach all primary containment barriers and burn through the reactors core in a critical meltdown. Unlike the groups previous releases such as Dynasty (2004) and Chasms of the Citadel (2007), where production was handled predominately by Mortar. Here the sonic weaponry has been deployed by a variety of arms dealers.
Suffa of the Hilltop Hoods provides a guitar heavy stomper with ‘Relaxing in Blood‘. Trials kicks the system into def-con-1 mode with ‘Daydream of a Killing‘, and Tornts wires up the beat for shock and awe with ‘InTerrorGate‘. Conseps and Beats lay down heavy covering fire on ‘The Stampede‘ which sees the Clan, AE, Trials and Evolve absolutely smash through the speakers and run wild through the city streets taking no prisoners. With uncompromising lyrics, sharp-witted word play, masterful bomb production, and their signature artwork, Clandestien have cemented themselves a cult-like following in the minds of many a hip-hop aficionado. The timer has been set, and Weapons Grade is about to explode…
Track List 1. Clandestino 2. Relaxing in Blood 3. Light It Up 4. Daydream of a Killing – Feat. The Funkoars & Vents 5. Firebrands 6. The Offensive – Feat. Brad Strut 7. You’re All Goners 8. Warning Shot – Feat. Hunter 9. Battle Hymn of the New Republic – Feat. Ciecmate & Maggot Mouf 10. Horror Movie Life – Feat. Defyre 11. Australian Gothik 12. InTerrorGate – Feat. Tornts 13. Shield Your Fearful Eyes – Feat. FlashOne 14. The Mangled Frame of Truth 15. The Stampede – Feat. Addroit Effusive, Trials & Evolve 16. Put in Work – Feat. K21 & Motion 17. The Joint – Feat. Bunks & Briggs 18. Swan Song – Feat. SBX
By Trem1 – Wow! - Another crazy turnout this time in the city of churches. A couple weeks ago saw an amazing day at Clinic 116 with plenty heads, old and new swingin thru to cop the albs, have a beer & snag, check the visuals, get some shit signed and basically join in the festivities to help celebrate the album release.
Super duper shout out to Justin & the Clinic 116 massive for hosting a great day, my mans Delts & Motions for keepin the decks in check, Vans The Omega, Palmsy, Erbs & Ironlak for supplyin the slammin opticals, Snag Master Lewps n Paws for keepin the hotplates sizzlin, Selina, Leigh & Faz for capturing the moments on cam, Derringers, Jade Monkey and of course all of you who swung thru to say waddup throughout the arvo! Good times chillin with some new friends and re-aquainting with the old!Thanks for the supreme show of support ADL, I cant wait to hit back with the liveness early next year!Heavy duty shout to the homeboy who rolled thru requesting the tags on the VN Commodore and the fresh L.C Leg tat! Much Respect!
Rappertag started a few months ago when 360 ‘tagged’ in Urthboy. Since then we have seen the list of participating emcees grow and grow. To celebrate the first half of Rappertag (#1-28) and for no other reason then our man @sroc hooking us up – You can check out and download all the Rappertags (# 1-28) in HD 1080p or normal widescreen video – back to back!
This is the 33rd instalment of Rappertag featuring Fubex
That’s right all Rappertags #1-28 have been packaged beautifully in this video format. All you have to do is follow the download the link below (in your choice of HD or Widescreen) and let us know what you think on either Facebook (here) or Twitter (here).
So far it’s been: 22.)Sesta 23.) K21 24.) Vents 25.) Maundz 26.) Delta 27.) Simplex 28.) Motion 29.) Dedlee 30.) Ciecmate 31.) Billy Bunks 32.) Odin 33.) Fubex
Rappertag started a few months ago when 360 ‘tagged’ in Urthboy. Since then we have seen the list of participating emcees grow and grow. To celebrate the first half of Rappertag (#1-28) and for no other reason then our man @sroc hooking us up – You can check out and download all the Rappertags (# 1-28) in HD 1080p or normal widescreen video – back to back! That’s right all Rappertags #1-28 have been packaged beautifully in this video format. All you have to do is follow the download the link below (in your choice of HD or Widescreen) and let us know what you think on either Facebook (here) or Twitter (here).
This is the 32nd instalment of Rappertag featuring Odin
This is the 31st instalment of Rappertag featuring Billy Bunks
So far it’s been: 22.)Sesta 23.) K21 24.) Vents 25.) Maundz 26.) Delta 27.) Simplex 28.) Motion
31.) Billy Bunks
Motion’s involvement in hip-hop began when he hit the scene as a B-boy in 2000. Once realising his skills in freestyling and lyricism, he entered the battle circuit and won virtually every battle held in Adelaide over a 2 year period, winning SA’s MC Battle For Supremacy and ending up as a runner up nationally in 2005.
Motion is a part of Adelaide favourites Adroit Effusive, an 8 man crew that has been active since the early 2000s. He released a demo with fellow Adroit member Bornski called Introducing in 2003, and Adroit soon followed up by releasing the 2 part vinyl EP collection which included crowd favourite Moeshzilla & King Kongseps. The crew recently completed and released The Album, their first full length CD. Motion’s solo joint off The Album has since been nominated for Ozhiphop.com’s Best Track of 2010.
Motion has been involved in music with some of the country’s best and most well known. He was personally recommended for work by the UK’s Mark B and Adelaide’s Delta, landing him a spot on the diabolical 2006 posse cut The End Is Here, featuring Prowla (Nuffsaid) and Trem (Lyrical Commission). His verse was compared to Nas’ first appearance on the Main Source classic Live At The Barbeque.Motion was the first MC to feature on the original Battlehoggs tapes alongside Conseps, inadvertently naming the crew. He recently recorded two standout verses for Dialect & Despair’s – The Vortex, which has been dubbed classic by Australian media and fans alike.
Motion is not only recognised as a talented recording artist, but as having undeniable stage presence. He has stood tall when performing across the globe with names such as Masta Ace, The Beatnuts, Edo G, DJ Premier, Kool Keith, Delta & Mark B, Dedlee, Lyrical Commission, Jehst and Def Wish Cast; amongst many others.
Motion is currently working on The Motion Picture, his debut LP. Due out in 2011, the album is already highly anticipated, being spoken about by some of Australia’s current biggest names. Featuring production from Delta, Simplex (Terra Firma) and P-Body, The Motion Picture is sure to find its place as an Australian classic. In the meantime, you can check for another solid Motion guest verse on Simplex’s solo debut Audio Biography.
Emcee Dialect has had a massive 2010. Teaming up with producer Despair the two hip hop dynamos tore 2010 up with the stunning release of their album The Vortex. Dialect takes some time out to delve into the year that was, with a in depth round-up of his top ten tracks for 2010.
Trem- Omega Man One the most anticipated releases in Australian Hip Hop history, this is the first single ‘Omega Man’ off Trem’s forthcoming album ‘For the Term of His Natural Life’. With Melbourne king Prowla on the beat and cuts and Trem delivering two outstanding verses, proving why he is the best MC in the country this is a VERY promising sign of whats to come. “hall of fame name draped in martydom, a lone figure flying the flag like its tiananmen”
Smiley the Ghetto Child – Im Legend It wouldn’t be a Top Ten list without DJ Premier making an appearance. Preemo serves up another classic joint with his ill signature cut chorus and one of my all time favourite rappers Smiley the Ghetto Child delivering the raw sentences on top. Hanging for his new album ‘The Antidote pt 2’ in 2011 which will feature production from Premier, Lord Finesse & Grim Team.
Roc Marciano – Firepower Let’s face it, 2010 was Roc Marciano’s year through and through if you love that East Coast sound like I do. So if I had the choice my Top Ten would probably only include joints off his classic debut ‘Marcberg’. So with that in mind I went with a different track of his that dropped this year. Produced By Vanderslice off an online 12 which features Blaq Poet on the flip the beat goes hard and Roc’s lyrics are butter every time. “Its Heavy metal no Cello…slap devils, crack pebbles, black rebels, rap emeralds, add rap cats to the menu – this is class bring a pad and pencil” ILL.
Motion – The Real My man Motion has for a long time been one of my favourite lyricists in this country, ever since he was burning me in battles in the early 2000’s and this joint is a testament to his exceptional skills as a battle emcee and recorded artist. Taken off the Adroit Effusive album, this joint shows line after line of clever wordplay with a dope cuts chorus. He is holding it down for real lyricism in this country and not only with the raps, he also produced this track himself! We are all waiting for a Motion solo album that I hope arrives sooner rather than later. You can’t hang like Hussein!!
Aloe Black – I Need A Dollar This is the song everyone’s talking about this year and with good reason. This is a phenomenal track off his new album on Stones Throw ‘Good Things’. ‘I Need a Dollar’ has catapulted him into stardom with Sony taking him on based on the strength of this track. A haunting piano loop, great vocals; An overall heavy soul joint. The way music should sound!
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are without a doubt the finest soul band going around now, holding the torch for vintage sounding soul music on all their releases and their new record is no exception. The outstanding title track from their new LP on Daptone Records ‘I Learned the Hard Way’ is pure dope. The dramatic horns, Ms Jones exceptional vocals and classic soul subject matter make this song one of my top joints for 2010 and many years to come. After just seeing it live, makes it so much sweeter; Don’t sleep on this release!
Sadat X feat. Pete Rock – Turn It Up Brand Nubian is one of the greatest Hip Hop crews of all time and the nasally flow of Sadat X is one of Hip Hops most distinctive and my most loved. This stomping Pete Rock beat perfectly suits his voice and unique flow and is the kind of tune I want to hear from Dotti X. Despite the disappointing hook, the beat and X’s verses really are top notch. TURN IT UP!!
O.C & AG – Two for the Money “Tight with production, N#**@ Crates Overflowing” This track technically came out before 2010 but since it featured on the O.C & A.G album ‘Oasis’ this year im going to include it. This is easily one of the best Hip Hop joints in recent years and showcases what caliber of music DITC could and should still be bringing out. With my all time favourite producer Showbiz on the beat and the almighty Premier lacing the incredible cuts, the production side of things on this track is A++++++. Then the raps, OC smashes it out the park but AG proves again on the second verse why he has always been my favourite rapper in the DITC camp. “They astonished, hooked on these ebonics, you comic we iconic gin and tonic mixed with chronic”
M9 feat. Blasphemy & Cyrus Malachi – Black Widow Its grim, bleak & dark but that’s the kind of Hip Hop we all love right! Taken from the mixtape‘Orions Stencil’Featuring Blasphemy with Melanin 9 (M9) and Cyrus Malachi of the incredible UK outfit Triple Darkness. This joint embodies the no BS kind of Hip Hop I love; no hook, no gimmicky lyrics just a stomping loop with intricate wordplay executed by some of UK’s finest. I know it’s an old Pete Rock beat but you have to respect UK cats for their dedication to the craft of Emceeing and serious wordplay, no one does it better. “45 levels, die in temples, saw life through orions stencil, harbour my seed like a mayan emerald, eyes resemble, fling the bally when he line the devil”
Mayhem Lauren – Got The Fever Mayhem Lauren is the illest new rapper to come out in years. This track proves why. Classic throwback sounding production with Lauren’s authoritative voice giving a vivid description of the New York graffiti scene makes for a classic joint, plus a banging video. This is easily the best Graff song since ‘Out For Fame’ by Krs in my opinion. His album ‘Self Induced Illness’ is out in 2011 and is definitely one to check for!
This is the 28th installment of rappertag featuring Motion.
New LP Motion Picture coming soon.
So far it’s been: 18.) Class A MC 19.) The Tongue 20.) Tuka 21.) Drapht 22.)Sesta 23.) K21 24.) Vents 25.) Maundz 26.) Delta 27.) Simplex 28.) Motion
To Come: Dedlee
Adelaide hip hop crew Adroit Effusive are set to release their long awaited debut album – The Album.
‘Australian Hip Hop group to watch out for’ J-Mag, 2009.
The time has finally arrived for the quintessential dysfunctional hip hop family, Adroit Effusive. After toiling in the depths of underground hip hop, honing their skills, paying more than their share of dues, going through as many setbacks as one group could go through and making some of the illest music that nearly didn’t see the light of day, Adroit Effusive are ready. After years of being posed the question, ‘Where is the album?’ The Album is here. Adroit Effusive are set to deliver their opus.
Born out of the Australian hip hop melting pot of Adelaide, Adroit Effusivebring something rare to Australian hip hop in both their composition and their repertoire. The unique 8-man band, who are all capable of standing on their own feet as solo artists, crew-up to create a smorgasbord of production sounds and lyrical concepts to engage and get the head nodding to The Album.
It is an eclectic tapestry of boom-bap beats conducted by Adroit Effusive’s five beat makers, a thorough collection of 19 songs by all seven lyricists and razor-sharp relevant cuts by a master turntablist.
The soundscape on The Album is an amalgamation of layered psych rock, blues, hard rock, funk, Latin acoustic, jazz and classical sounds, all with a hard-hitting hip hop character. Lyrically however, is where Adroit Effusive really stray from the herd. This crew of big characters do not hold back on expressing their diversity on The Album. From the conceptual posse tracks Chump Change and Five Days of Work, to the role-playing lyrical feasts Espionage, War and Suspects, to the storytelling of Crossroads and A Beer and Big Talk, to the B-boy anthems Understood by Few and In the Street, to the retrospective No Aim and Yin Yang, Adroit Effusive come into their own. The songs on The Album are a testament to the depth, breadth and talent of Adroit Effusive.
After previously releasing two vinyl-only EP’s plus side projects by Conseps and Patti, Common Cause and Red Whine Presents…, Adroit Effusive are ready to go. After featuring on countless other albums and sharing stages with numerous international and Australian acts over the better part of a decade, the time has come. Adroit Effusive members Blockade, Conseps, Patti, Bornski, Motion, Devious Dev, Beats and DJ Ad-Fu have created something that justifies their long-time dedication to hip hop music in Australia. A solid nineteen tracks (115 minutes) in length, The Album is a celebration of the struggles of Adroit Effusive and the colourful characters that make up Australia’s most under represented crew. Under represented that is until now, as The Album sees the light of day.
The Album is distributed independently and will be available in independent record stores Australia-wide + iTunes.
The Album is the first single off the upcoming Adroit Effusive album of the same name; The Album, dropping in April 2010 Australia Wide. Cuts by DJ Ad-Fu. Lyrics by Beats, Conseps, Blockade, Bornski, Motion, Devious Dev and Patti. Produced by Ad-Fu.
This is the 27th installment of rappertag featuring Simplex
So far it’s been: 12.) Lotek 13.) 1/6 14.) Suffa 15.) Headlock 16.) Lazy Grey 17.) BVA 18.) Class A MC 19.) The Tongue 20.) Tuka 21.) Drapht 22.)Sesta 23.) K21 24.) Vents 25.) Maundz 26.) Delta
To Come: Motion
Emcee Simplex will drop his long-awaited solo joint on Obese early next year titled Audiobiography. One of this country’s most talented (and under-rated) hip hop talents to grace this country. Simplex’s solo album is slated for a mid-year 2010 release. The album is pretty much a collection of tracks that Simplex has been working on for a few years now, ideas he had wanted to get out from inside his head and inside his computer. Simplex also admits that he is using a bunch of beats that span around eight years of production styles. He is trying to keep the album as varied as possible.
Simplex will spit on pretty much every track on the release, plus a few guest emcees featuring. No word yet on who these guys are, but we’re sure there will be some big name amongst it. Simplex has recently signed a deal with Obese Records, and has reveled that it is a two-album contract. So expect to see a lot from Simplex over the next 12 months. Fans of Terra Firma, have been put on notice that the Simplex album is going to be ‘kinda different’, but shouldn’t stray too far away from the sound they have.
The Album is quite a party, your hosts the Adroit Effusive crew. The South Australian massive are set to launch their LP The Album, after years of waiting from eager fans at HQ September 10. Adroit Effusive have been around for years now and many in the scene will recognise the names of one of Adelaide’s hip hop legacies. AE consist of Beats, Conseps, Patti, Blockade, Ad-Fu, Motion, Bornski and Dev…did we miss anyone? The Album is a massive body of work from the past 6 years, so the variety offered here is as vast as central Australia. Ranging from solo tracks right through to massive posse tracks it’s all here.
The Album opens with a nice intro track produced by Ad-Fu who also commands the majority of the cuts on The Album. Ad-Fu kicks things into action with an appropriate cut ‘Waited Too Long For This!’. Long Time Coming is some of that true head nod shit and one of our highlight tracks from The Album.Trails of Funkoars fame fucking lights this one up on the production front. This would have to be one of the beats of the year. Conseps, Tommy Illfigga, Beats and Patti, all smash on this track with a sutble beatbox by Tom Fukkin Thum.Long Time Coming is one of those tracks where everything comes together just right, the emcees, the beat and the cuts. Ad-Fu impresses immensely on the cut front, inflicting serious damage across the whole album.
Party With The Blocks delivers with a nice guitar riff driven beat by Conseps and Beats. This track has that anthem feeling. Suspects sounds out with a monster and demonic beat from Conseps. Blockade and Patti go at this one spitting some fire. One of the first things we noticed with this thumping track and with the whole album, is that the guys didn’t just spit one verse each and then call it wraps. These dudes back up killer verse after killer verse. Forget those 1 min tracks where you just start getting into it as the beat dies out. The Album gives you plenty of time to get in your groove.
Motion, brings the full skills kit on the track The Real as we see him become the man of many hats. Producing this solo track then hitting the mic with the same style you’ve come to love from Motion. 5 Days Of Work tells the boss to shove it and gives the proverbiale middle finger to the daily grind. Bornski lays down a nice sleepy beat that will have you set to put your feet up, chill and skip work.
The Bornski produced Understood By Few featuring Motion and Bornski on the mic, mixes things up with a sweet little oriental flavored tune. Crossroads, a heartfelt punchy track featuring the amazing voice of Janey Housego, is a more soulful track providing a great example of the depth this crew contains with-in its ranks. Beats adds a cherry to the top of this tasty track with a firm helping of emotion on the beat. A Beer and Big Talk is a powerful tale of some of lifes most unpleasant situations, this track really had us thinking. Bornski rises to deliver both as emcee and producer on this one, BIA also features on this track. War with general Mortar in charge on the mic and the beat, will leave you feeling… militant, a raw evil track is another one of our highlights.
As we power through the halfway mark it’s clear Adroit Effusive’s years of hard work really have paid off. The Album isn’t just a quality release its a statement. A statement that yells “Don’t Fuck With Us, We Know Hip Hop”, it’s a statement that’s backed up 100% by the skills of these guys. Chump Change brings the boom bap flavor with the whole crew in on this one. In contrast we have Dev going solo on the track Yin Yang. Bring It Back got us swaying in the right way with Patti, Bornski and Conseps spitting some smooth rap stylings. The album rounds out with No Aim, a Beats produced solo effort. The Garden and We Got The Nukes featuring Ad-Fu, DJ Juice, DJ Kansel and DJ Snair madness ensues.
Adroit Effusive cut no corners on The Album. Each and every track is packed to the brim with goddess. There’s no skits, no 1 minute tracks, no bullshit, it’s all hip hop. After years and years of waiting, not one person could be disappointed by this release. It’s time people recognise Adroit Effusive’s rightful spot amongst the hip hop royalty in Australia….check The Album it’s only a matter of time.
We rate Adroit Effusive – The Album a massive 4.4 out of 5.
The Album Sampler
You can catch the mighty Adroit Effusive at their album launch, September 10 @ HQ in Adelaide. Get your tickets here.