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.
Rainman has appeared as a feature artist on the triple j Hip Hop Show and in Stealth Magazine/CD. His music was selected for the Rhythm and Poetry DVD – a documentary detailing the evolution of local 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 finishing off his next album with some of hip hop’s finest producers including Chasm, Count Bounce, DJ Bonez & Sammsonite (The Optimen). Due for release in the first half of 2012. You can check out the second track to be leaked from the album above Darlin’ feat. Calski. You can also download the full track from his triple j unearthed page below. You can also check out the 1st single leaked from the upcoming Rainman album Can’t See You Feat. Laneous – Production by Chasm.