The Stoops are a 3-piece outfit from Perth, WA, who have been making golden era inspired hip hop for going on 10 years. But after a monumental transition in the group’s dynamic (beginning with the departure of emcee Coin Banks and vocalist Natalie Mei, the inclusion of Sarah Pellicano, and a complete shift in production techniques), The Stoops have not only embraced change… they have mastered it.
The three core members; DJ – Arms In Motion and emcees – Roc Walla and Pronto, have spent the majority of the last few years tweaking and evolving their soul- fueled, ego-free signature sound in preparation for what could now be almost regarded as a Debut release (although it is their third). The EP, titled “Milk & Bread”, is an entirely self produced project which earmarks yet another solid direction for the Perth hip hop outfit.
The first single from Milk & Bread, titled “Middle of a Riot” is a tongue in cheek song that paints/reflects our modern day ‘keyboard warriors’. In fact it hammers them. Being self centred and ignorant are two symptoms of the privileged first-world lifestyle.
The song takes our first world problems, and jams along to them in such positive fashion that it’s like the Western World throwing a summer festival for its own funeral, under the magnifying glass of global warming.
As the lyrics become more intriguing, spilling a thick toxic array of social commentary down the pipeline of a prevalent Stoop ideology and feel-good vibe, the song blatantly belies its real premise. However, this is anything but preachy, as the emcees go on to name-checking themselves as being part of the problem. It’s this kind of self deprecation that makes the track so appealing. Recently shortlisted in the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, Middle of a Riot emerged from a pool of 3,400 entries from 17 countries, to ascend into the top 50.
The single release coincides with a brilliant debut video that confidently steps into the world of visual arts. Ice cream vans, exploding letterboxes, and a subtle cameo of a certain prime minister are just a few of the left field ideas that ensure this clip is not just another hip hop video.
‘Middle Of A Riot’ signifies a new-found maturity in The Stoops’ sound, exposing both a unified ideology and personality to the group. As MOAR sets the tone, The Milk & Bread EP is sure to be a rich and substantial meal for any hungry hip hop connoisseur.