Not many local groups can lay claim to a journey similar to what hip hop duo Justice & Kaos have traveled so far in their career. Climbing the pinnacle of the MC battle world; releasing an independent mixtape that garnered mainstream media attention, spawning a TV documentary that reached New York; winning an Australian & NZ Urban Music Award; the bittersweet experience of releasing product through an Australian major record label, netting an ARIA Award nomination and much more. All before releasing an album.
After a blistering 2007, the group took a hiatus from the public eye to refine their sound and work on new material. Most people became familiar with J&K in 2007 through their debut EP release Turn It On (Solid State/Warner) and their efforts on the infamous F.O.B Mixtape. Both achieved quite a buzz that resulted in the boys winning Best New Artist at the Aus/NZ Urban Music Awards, an ARIA nomination and of course the Fresh Off The Boat documentary which appeared nation-wide on SBS TV.
The documentary went on to win Best Short Documentary at the 2009 Chicago International Movies & Music Festival and achieved a string of nominations at the South Australia Screen Awards, as well as being shortlisted to screen at the 2008 BET Urbanworld Film Festival in New York. After a hiatus to renew, refocus and sort out their label situation, 2009 saw the release of the highly personal Pre Season Mixtape, marking the comeback for the group. It set the foundation for the self-backed Red Giant Music brand, which would be the umbrella under which J&K would release 2010’s acclaimed Theme Music EP.
After witnessing the growth of the local scene and recognising the opportunity the online space provides for building an audience, the group had their watershed moment with the conception of the Home indVasian Series in December 2010. Following the weekly series formula, J&K churned out new music on a weekly basis for a total of 30 weeks and along the way gathered a whole new fan base and momentum. The mentality had shifted from not relying on a radio programmer’s taste or ear and instead taking control of the relationship with the fans directly, in turn creating complete freedom. This series was prime example of this and featured some familiar names including 360, Mind Over Matter, GMC and battle champ Ilyak.
With the new ‘everything in-house’ mentality, the duo have been taking a careful, measured approach to what will actually be their debut album. Aiming for that haterproof place in your soul that you don’t think about but just feel, the album is slated for a 2012 release and an accompanying tour. This is mature, heartfelt music that doesn’t subscribe to rules, boundaries, elements, blueprints or tradition.
Justice & Kaos bring the Easter Showcase to the Laundry Bar for a one-off event with J&K, Fozzey & VanC, GMC and DJ Simon Sez on the lineup. We have 3 double passes to hook up 3 lucky U18 readers and their friends + 2 double passes to our 18+ readers and their friends. All you have to do to enter is send your name, phone number and answer to the question below to email@example.com.
Q. What was the name of the Justice & Kaos mixtape series that was released in 2011, which saw a new track drop every week for 30 weeks. The series featured Mind Over Matter and 360? Winner will be contacted via mobile by April 12. Comp closes April 11.