Earning his stripes in the UK’s underground live circuit, Fraksha has proven himself to be one of the UK’s finest MC’s. Having shared the stage with artists like Skinnyman, Kano, Klashnekoff & Blak Twang as a founding member of the UK outfit Nine High, Fraksha spent time honing his craft and sold out two mixtapes, a testament to his tenure in the UK scene.
Opting to move to the greener pastures of Australia in 2006, after a previous visit in 2002/03, Fraksha hit the ground running, joining Aria Award winning Bliss N Eso on their sold out Get Loose tour, giving Fraksha the opportunity to slide into the Australian Hip Hop scene with ease. With the love received on the Get Loose tour, Fraksha re-pressed his Take Two (Nine High) mixtape which received rave reviews and sold out within just a few months of release.
Since his 2006 arrival into Australia, Fraksha has shown his versatility, being regularly booked to perform at cross-genre events (Void in Sydney, Rukus in Brisbane, Too Much and Heavy Innit in Melbourne, resident at Wobble 2008-12) displaying his unique UK flow and demonstrating his refusal to be boxed in to any one genre. From drum n bass, to grime, to dancehall to dubstep and anything in between you name it, he can rap on it and well. As an in-demand mc for events throughout the country, Fraksha is considered one of the top Grime/dub-step MC’s in Australia.
With a critically acclaimed self titled debut album with Nine High (released July 2009) under his belt and collaborations with notable Australian artists such as Reason, Ciecmate, Tornts, Kerser, Choose Mics, M-Phazes, Sky’High & That’s Them, as well as contributing one of the highlight tracks to M-Phazes Aria winning Good Gracious (‘That’s What We On‘) album and performing on the subsequent national tour, Fraksha is now a well known and widely respected MC in the Australian scene.
Most recently, Fraksha has released his first solo offering It’s Just Bars, the first official grime release to come out of Australia. It’s Just Bars, mixed by DJ Affiks and featuring production from M-Phazes (M.O.P, Pharoahe Monch), Loco (Joe Budden, Miss Dynamite), Juzlo, Youthful Implants, has received great reviews throughout the country and the first single Next Sound Level has since been remixed by Loco, MatCant (Scattermish) and renowned dub-step producer Spherix. The mix-tape went on to win mix-tape of the year 2010 in the annual ozhiphop.com awards. With his fingers in many pies 2010 also saw Fraksha commence presenting The Sunday Roast show on Kiss FM in Melbourne, Australia’s only purely grime radio show!
2010 also saw Fraksha coming together with fellow MC’s Diem (Hospice Crew), Scotty Hinds (Nine High) and Murky Depths to start Australia’s first grime crew; Smash Brothers. Noted for their high energy live shows and regular radio appearances, Smash Brothers are THE crew to watch. Having received coverage on grimeforum and recording a one off set for them, they were personally asked by legendary grime producer Dexplicit to record the official Australian vocal of Pull Up Dat 2011.
No stranger to airports, 2011 saw Fraksha being booked to undertake a short tour of New Zealand alongside Dizzee Rascal, Dead Prez and more. This Kiwi connection also spawned a massive remix of Next Sound Level by New Zealand dub-step royalty Optimus Gryme and further work with the highly respected Bulletproof who collaborated on the Sky’High and Smash Brothers track and video Reign. In 2011 Fraksha also collaborated with the production duo Karton, providing the vocals on the explosive first single and video Bang from their well received album Find The Constant.
While continually tearing up shows Smash Brothers kicked off 2012 with a bang dropping video’s for the incendiary Gangsta, produced by dub-step kingpin Filth Collins, Loco produced Areyouf***ingmad and the fan favourite from Fraksha & Diem Crepes. Continually pushing and spearheading the grime sound in Australia this year also saw Fraksha team up with Affiks and Arctic to start the grime night 50/50 bringing to Melbourne grime heavyweights such as Teddy, Rude Kid and Swindle. Not one to rest on his laurels through the Winter months, Fraksha has been hard at work in the studio and 2013 will see him proudly release his debut solo album through Broken Tooth Entertainment.
For those in the know, it is no earth shattering news that Fraksha has now signed to release his next album, My Way, on Broken Tooth Entertainment. Fraksha has been kicking around the scene for years doing his thing and always staying mad prolific. In recent years, his work with Smash Brothers has garnered a great deal of attention alongside Scotty Hinds, Murkey Depths, and the one and only Diem.
Fraksha – My Way drops March 1, 2013 through Broken Tooth Entertainment.
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