Stevie Kincade Vs Authority EP

Vs Authority is the 2nd EP release from rapper/vocalist Stevie Kincade. The EP is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, Spotify and other digital platforms now. The release date coincided with the opening of the movie Housos vs Authority which features Stevie’s song Stooge.

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Stevie is Based in Penrith in the Western Suburbs of Sydney. Stevie Kincade’s first EP, Six Slug Singles received support from FBi radio and airplay for the song Pan To The Man. It also attracted the attention of MC Lars, who called the release “ill Australian hip hop.” Z, of nerd blog Hipster, Please, called the EP “highly recommended.”
The new EP came about when Stevie responded to an open call for musical contributions to the movie version of the SBS show Housos. “I think the show is hilarious,Stevie explains, “and I noticed that they mainly used aggressive local Hip Hop, the more bogan the better. I didn’t have too many songs like that but I thought I could write a ‘Housos anthem’ for the cast to perform, and then I could rap the verse and ‘Western Sydney’ bridge,” but they ended up going with the demo version I sent”.

Classification for the film was withheld by censors until some of Stevie’s lyrics were muted. “Apparently you cannot say the c-word rhythmically over a hot beat.” Stevie jokes. “It’s fun to imagine someone who could watch a movie filled with tons and tons of swearing and get to the closing credits and wants to complain about swearing in a rap song”.
Stevie has been working on his debut The Grassy Knoll LP since 2006. “It’s over 30 songs
 now (2 discs), but I’m still working on so much new stuff. I realised I wasn’t going to be able to get it out this year. I had released Six Slug Singles in 2009, and the LP was supposed to be out the following year but a variety of setbacks scuttled that. When I found out in the first week of September that ‘Stooge’ had made the final cut of the movie, I realised I needed to come up with a new EP that would appeal to the people who liked ‘Stooge,’ but was still true to the ambitions I have to make hip hop with some substance.
The way I tried to write the LP was for every song to have a real concept behind it. One of the topics that I wrote about a lot was religion, and I approached it in a number of different ways.
But I was able to find a new angle here, and so the first thing I wrote for the new ‘Vs Authority’ EP was this Aussie, Atheist, art-pop song called ‘Dinosaur Bones.'” Navi the Swami (Washington D. C.) lends fire and brimstone on the guest verse, and it’s a song I think is as good as anything I’ve ever done. ‘Dinosaur Bones’ was kind of the polar opposite of ‘Stooge.'”

The 2nd song on the EP, Mediocrity, attempts to bridge that gap as Stevie speed raps about “trying to walk a fine line” between making ambitious Hip Hop and making the easier choice to blend in with Mediocrity. Stevie seems to struggle with the choice, even within the song, as the lyric switches from boastful self-exhortation to considered lines like, “So we might as well shoot for the stars, since we’re chemically the same/And we know where we came from.” Syllables fly by, punctuated by Stevie’s unique vocal additions–best experienced on headphones. “With the first EP, I started with a novelty song in ‘Well Endowed’, a speed rap in ‘Pan to the Man’ and a collaboration with Kabuto the Python on ‘Sydney to Saigon’ before really showing it’s hand.’ Notes Stevie. “Since this new EP was like a new take on the first one (three years later), I thought I’d enlist Kabuto’s new incarnation (as Jewish rapper Swagberg). I basically wanted to do a “part 2” of our track, three years on. “While on the surface the song seems to be complaint rap about shitty music, it’s really a statement to myself that if I’m going to do songs without a lot of substance to them, I’ve got to make sure they are as fun and well executed as they possibly can be.”
The other song in this vein is Move, a collaboration that saw rappers from New Port News, West Virginia; Melbourne; and Charlotte, North Carolina joining Stevie over a banging T-Rifik club beat. “I had an older version of this song with Melbourne rapper, the Ranger, giving me a great verse but I hadn’t released it. I decided to rewrite it and ask T-Rifik if he would rap on it. He’s a producer I’ve worked with a bunch for the album and I had wanted to get him on a verse for a while.”

For the last guest, I thought Mikal kHill would add an interesting perspective to a club song. I was a fan of the album ‘Cold Winter’ (available through Strange Famous), and he was able to come through and complete a song I think is a lot of fun.”

The last song written for the EP was Typecast, a dance track about receiving ideas from the collective consciousness. “I was down to the last 2 days before my mixing deadline, with nothing written at all for this song, when the chorus just came into my head, completed. This concept of being ‘Typecast,’ by others or ourselves, and breaking out into a new role appealed to me.” Says Stevie. “I sent the song to one of my favorite producers Untested Methods from New Orleans a guy I consider a kind of digital Mozart. Not even two hours later, he sent me an amazing remix that I think has ended up as the best song overall.” 

Stevie finishes, “The Typecast remix is a long way from bogan rap but what I’ve always aimed for is Hip Hop that goes in all sorts of different directions and styles and doesn’t just settle into one groove.” Stevie Kincade vs Authority is out now.

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