Hidden Tracks In Hip Hop

Everyone loves a good hidden track, but there’s huge debate between artists and listeners about where they should be placed.

Selekt Few (WA) recently went through this same argument, how should it be done on their release? Well, the majority won out, it went at the end of CD with a 10 minute silence.


The only things that alluded to it’s existence were:
The credits hidden in the dirt of the inside cover (digital + physical)
The 2 extra seemingly silent tracks on the CD (physical only)
The method Selekt Few used caused a number of annoying issues when enjoying the CD as a whole, the major of which is there’s a big 10 minute silence where it doesn’t really finish and loop back to the start.

Real hidden tracks are usually hidden between index 0 and track 1 and you get to them by rewinding backwards from track 1. They don’t interrupt the flow of play and they’re stumbled onto “by accident”.

A good example of this style of hidden track in the local Hip Hop arena include:
Drapht – The Life of Riley (A hidden track Layla called Lost The Plot)
Funkoars – The Hangover (A hidden track called Dirty Old Man)
Funkoars – The Quickening (A skit on sampling)
Hilltop Hoods – Left Foot, Right Foot (Afternoon Group Session)
Hilltop Hoods – The Calling (A hidden track called “Stay The Fuck Away Because I Spilt When I’m Talking”)
Hilltop Hoods – The Hard Road (A hidden track called “Ya Feel Big?”)

What nobody does (that we are aware of anyway), is hidden tracks in digital releases, they’re usually just bonus tracks. UNTIL NOW.

If you purchased Selekt Few’s album on bandcamp, there’s a hidden track stashed in that zip you downloaded somewhere. Stay tuned for how to find and open that track, or get adventurous and work it out yourself! Can you name any other crews who have released hidden tracks local or international? Let us know in the comment section below.