A relative new name to locla hip-hop fans, duo MDMA consists of acclaimed Tasmanian producer Mdusu (MD) and renowned Adelaide battle MC Manaz Ill. Having each gained notoriety in their respective fields, the duo formed in 2012 through a shared passion and drive for music. After the briefest of introductions, they immediately commenced working on a debut EP, which has since grown into a full-length album.
In the short time since the group’s inception, the duo have shared stages with local heavyweights among the likes of Rates, Mr. Grevis, Mr. Hill, Kings Konekted, Lazy Grey, Maundz, Known Associates and Fatty Phew, while still actively maintaining their solo endeavours. In early 2013 both MD and Manaz were recognised for their hard work around the country in the 10th annual Ozhiphop.com awards, with MD taking out the prize for ‘Best Beat’ category for his production on K21’s single ‘Won’t Stop’, and Manaz winning the award for ‘Best Battle MC’.
Now, armed with a steady building buzz and years of experience, MDMA have released their much anticipated debut album What It Look Like. The album contains 13 tracks all produced by MD, who has created a diverse soundscape that mixes the best elements of the old and the new; where analogue instruments meet futuristic synthesizers & timeless vinyl samples. Lyrically, What It Look Like offers an insight into the daily struggles faced in modern society, covering topics such as drug abuse, lost love, social awareness and knowledge of self, all the meanwhile showcasing Manaz’s versatility.
Featuring collaborations with Tommy Illfigga, Prime, Cortext and Dunn D, the album has something for everyone, highlighting the group’s varying influences. For those who haven’t heard of either MD or Manaz through their solo projects, the album serves as a solid introduction to the pare, complete with a well-rounded and refined sound. Catch MDMA performing live around the country on their What It Look Like tour along with Rates, Greeley and Mistress Of Ceremony. MDMA What It Look Like out now through LMR and Obese Records.
Hobart Friday 10th at Hotel Soho
Launceston Saturday 11th at Hotel New York
Adelaide Friday 17th at Rhino Room
Port Lincoln Saturday 18th Pier Hotel
Perth Saturday 25th Civic Hotel
Brisbane May 30th at the Prince of Wales