An article titled “Rap Runs Up The Flag At Australia Day Bash“, by Michael Inman, appeared in the Canberra Times yesterday. In this article, Phrase chats about his experiences working with Chopper Read, and what it means to him, performing on Australia Day. You can read the article below.

Performing in a family-friendly Australia Day concert is a long way from recording with celebrity gangster Mark ”Chopper” Read, but Melbourne rapper Phrase will make that transition tomorrow at Federation Mall. Phrase featured on track 12, Real Life, of Read’s 2006 album Interview with a Madman. Describing the experience as ”pretty full-on”, the 28-year-old said it was yet another highlight of living in the colourful world of hip-hop music.
”I thought he’d be the funny guy you see in the movie, but he was the opposite,” Phrase said.
”He’s staunch, really quiet, and controlled the space and you only really laughed if he was making a joke out of you, so you’ve got to laugh along with him.”
Phrase will be joined in the Australia Day Live concert by some of Australia’s top musicians, including Ian Moss, Evermore, Amy Meredith and Rogue Traders.
”It’s cool, where hip hop is getting to the point in Australia where groups are getting booked to perform at gigs like this,” he said.

”It’s going to be a different atmosphere to the usual hip hop concert and I’ve been doing a lot of festivals. But from what I understand it’s probably going to be the biggest show I’ve ever played.”

The nine artists will be joined by the Roulettes, the Royal Australian Air Force display team, who will perform an aerobatics display.
The celebrations will begin at 5.45pm on the lawns of Parliament House with the announcement of the Australian of the Year awards, followed by the concert.
They will continue on Tuesday with the Australia Day in the Park celebrations at Commonwealth Park.

Original article here.