Choose Mics, the duo comprising emcee Haunts and DJ/Producer Mules, would have to be a couple of the hardest working geezers in the biz. With their debut album Beggars Can’t Be Choosers hitting stores in April, Choose Mics have also just wrapped up a massive east coast tour with aussie heavy weights Phrase, Bliss N Eso and Muph & Plutonic, the timing couldn’t be better for them to drop their first official release.
Now based on the Gold Coast, Birmingham born Haunts brings a fresh new flavour to the local hip hop scene. Described as a hard nosed and in your face emcee, Haunts’ story telling ability is tenacious, his flow is effortless and his lyrics wittier than an early Eddie Murphy stand-up routine. The other half of the duo, Australian born Mules, is quickly gathering momentum as a producer both here and overseas. Having produced tracks for a number of hip hop luminaries including the likes of Hyjak n Torcha, Rock from Heltah Skeltah and US artist MURS, Beggars Cant Be Choosers is sure to cement Mules’ reputation as one of Australia’s key producers over the next few years.
The album title Beggars Cant Be Choosers is an ode to the experience of creating an album, competing against established artists on the major labels with one per cent of the budget. Many sacrifices were made for the love of hip hop and the motto ‘Beggers Can’t Be Choosers’ got Choose Mics through when times were tough.
Getting things started on the album is the bangin’ first single, Let Me Go. A classic body moving hip hop joint, the beats are bouncing and the chorus is catchier than swine flu. This track showcases Haunts’ lyrical prowess and humour as he rhymes about his desires to be free from the daily grind. The confronting Magical World which slaps you in the face from the first bar with its big production sound and Haunts’ trademark skills as a relentless wordsmith. Taking things down a notch is the nostalgic 80’s Baby which will bring all those Gen Y’ers back to their childhood. With Run – featuring Sammsonite of Brisbane crew The Optimen (winners of Best Urban Artist & Best Film Clip at 2006 MusicOz Awards) and underground Hip Hop staple Robby Balboa, the Choose Mics crew show that they can bring healthy doses of fun and funk on the table with this collaboration.
Translating this pure hip hop album into a live show, Choose Mics’ sets are energetic, confronting and in your face. Performed in true hip hop fashion, their dynamic set is delivered with two turntables and two mics. Performing their original tunes as well as a few classics thrown in for good measure, Choose Mics give the crowds everything they have – definitely not a show for the faint hearted.
Since forming in 2006, the perpetually busy Choose Mics have put out a pre-album, a remix album and now a new full length LP not to mention constant touring and collaborations with artists the world over. Beggars Can’t be Choosers is the product of two highly talented and passionate individuals and twelve long months of recording and editing that saw many tracks fall off the radar in the quest for perfection. More coming soon. Check out the new film clip from Choose Mics – Let Me Go above.