Billed as ‘a watershed in local hip hop’, Rainman (Ray Bourne) has attracted some hefty praise since releasing his debut album Fire in the Belly. Rainman has been hailed as Queensland’s best kept secret with an eloquence for song-writing rarely seen in hip hop. Descriptions of Rainman’s music are consistently praiseworthy – what we have here is hip hop that is honest, thoughtful and fun.
Rainman has appeared as a feature artist on the Triple J Hip Hop Show and now allaussie hip hop. His music was selected for the Rhythm and Poetry DVD – a documentary detailing the evolution of Australian hip hop.
Rainman has toured Australia’s major cities and regularly performs locally in Brisbane. He has played alongside Grandmaster Flash, Ice Cube, Z-Trip & Soup (Jurassic 5), Jungle Brothers, The Herd, Hilltop Hoods, Michael Franti, Urthboy, Muph n Plutonic and TZU. Alongside regular live collaborators The Coalition Crew, Rainman has also played festivals like Big Day Out, Livid, Woodford Folk Festival and Sounds of Spring.
Rainman is now working on his next album and working with some of Australian hip hop’s most well regarded producers including Chasm, DJ Bonez, El Gusto (Hermitude) & Sammsonite.
To give you a taste of what Rainman has to offer, the man himself dropped a free downloadable track titled Can’t See You feat. Laneous with production from Chasm. You can grab that track below.
Rainman – Can’t See You (featuring Laneous, produced by Chasm).
(R.Bourne, C. Hamer-Smith, S. Grace )
All Lyrics, Main Vocals and Cuts: Rainman
Sung Chorus Vocals: Laneous
Recorded and mixed by Sammsonite at Space Ghost Studios (Brisbane).
Mastered by Jack The Bear – Deluxe Mastering (Melbourne).