Interview: Pez – He Got Game

Pez returns to Australian stages for his first headline tour in more than 3 years. To highlight the important influence Pez has had on the local hip hop scene, you need only to look at the two supports from that 2009 tour – a little known rapper named 360 and an upcoming MC named Seth Sentry. We caught up with Pez discuss the year ahead. aahh: Lets start off easy. When did you first start rapping? Pez: I think I was about 19, even 20. I had been playing basketball which at that point, was all I wanted to do. You know, I had plans to go to … Continue reading Interview: Pez – He Got Game

Seth Sentry – Science, Shooters & SXSW

2012 was a massive year for Seth Sentry… three high-rotation singles, an album debuting at #6 on the ARIA charts, triple j’s feature album of the week and Channel [V]’s Oz Artist Of The Year award… but seeing as though he got to kick off 2013 by driving a DeLorean and currently on his North American Tour, this is already the year to beat.  aahh: How have the last few months been in comparison to this same time last year? Seth Sentry: Oh last year I was doing fuck all, struggling to write the album, smoking pot and playing a lot of video games, … Continue reading Seth Sentry – Science, Shooters & SXSW

Illy Interview: Back To Bring It.

The third studio album from Illy came in the form of Bring It Back. Described by the popular emcee as “a heart album“, the LP was not stylistically intended to follow-up from its predecessor The Chase. Reflective of the scene behind the genre, Bring it Back is largely a collaborative album, including all manner of vocal and production guests. aahh: After a bit of a break from recording, you’re back now with your latest LP titled ‘Bring It Back’. Tell us a bit about the new album? Illy: It’s a throwback to music I listened to coming up. It’s also an album that … Continue reading Illy Interview: Back To Bring It.

Spit Syndicate Interview: Sunday, One Day.

Sydney hip hop duo Spit Syndicate return in 2013 with third album Sunday Gentlemen. After the success of previous releases Towards The Light and Exile, a hungry fan base have been waiting anxiously for the next instalment from Spit Syndicate. We catch up with emcee Jimmy Nice of the Double S, on the eve of the Sunday Gentleman release, here’s what he had to say. aahh: What’s the first thing you guys plan to do on release day? Jimmy Nice: I’m actually working on release day. Release night will be a different story. I may hold off on full celebrations untill … Continue reading Spit Syndicate Interview: Sunday, One Day.

Mac Miller Australian Interview 2013

In a blossoming hip-hop hotbed of talent, Malcolm “Mac Miller” McCormick is next up out of Pittsburgh, PA. A graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School, Mac caught the eyes and ears of Rostrum Records, inking a deal in July 2010. A multi-talented musician who can play numerous instruments and a young novice of the freestyle/cipher/battle circuit of his hometown, Mac has been paving his way to superstardom in his blue-collar hometown for years. 2011 also showcased Mac’s selling potential as his debut Rostrum EP, On and On and Beyond, sold over 60,000 copies digitally alone. Mac has also sold over … Continue reading Mac Miller Australian Interview 2013

Seth Sentry – This Was Tomorrow

It’s been four years since Seth Sentry released his The Waiter Minute EP, that featured the huge hit single The Waitress Song. Seth is now ready to storm Australia with his debut LP This Was Tomorrow. Released today, Seth has already dropped two massive single’s from the album, in the form of My Scene and Float Away. Seth describes his anxiousness in getting the release in to the hands of his fans. “I’m feeling excited and nervous, the album’s finished now, so I just want to get it out there.” Describing the concept behind This Was Tomorrow, Seth explains “I guess the album is pretty random … Continue reading Seth Sentry – This Was Tomorrow

Interview: Jake Biz – Commercial Hell

It’s been many years in the brewing, now finally Brisbane underground hip hop legend Jake Biz’s debut album Commercial Hell is ready for the tasting. Riding off the back of his highly successful debut single, Deuce Deuce, Commercial Hell dropped through Karsniogenics and Obese Records Distribution. aahh: Your new LP Commercial Hell is out now. The album art and the title to the album both seem to be inspired by Run DMC’s album Raising Hell. Explain to us the concept behind that? Jake Biz: The title track itself wasn’t at all inspired by Run DMC, though the overall concept certainly was. I’m an enormous Run DMC fan, as is most my … Continue reading Interview: Jake Biz – Commercial Hell

Requiem – ‘Digital Blues’ Digital Interview

Minimal Aesthetics artist Requiem presents his answer to the Digital Era, his latest EP titled Digital Blues. The Northern Territory based artist, who use to call Melbourne home has released the EP as a free digital download. We catch up with Requiem to talk about his latest offering and discuss the changes the digital music age has brought about.  1) New EP released through Minimal Aesthetics titled Digital Blues, explain to us the concept behind this release? When making the EP I wrote a song called Digital Blues and as it was the strongest topic covered I named the EP after it. … Continue reading Requiem – ‘Digital Blues’ Digital Interview

Real Music Lasts Forever ‘This Is How We Never Die’ – Chasm Interview

This Is How We Never Die is the refreshingly on-point third instalment from prestigious Sydney producer Chasm. Joined by local and international artists; Chasm approaches beats like a learned artist with a brush, building on classic principles to create evolutionary new music.  aahh: This Is How We Never is the title to this absolute masterpiece of a production album. Explain to us the concept behind the title of the LP and what the you wanted to accomplish with this album? Chasm: The title is taken from a Currensy line I heard on one of his latest tapes, ‘Real music lasts forever, this … Continue reading Real Music Lasts Forever ‘This Is How We Never Die’ – Chasm Interview

Illy + M-Phazes: Friday Flips #3

Friday Flips is a collaboration between Illy and M-Phazes. Over the coming months, Friday Flips will see the boys release re-workings of well known current, and classic, tracks from all corners of the music world. As with everything Illy and Phizzle do, the supporters are the driving force behind Friday Flips. The result – each track will be built from songs suggested by you guys. On any Friday that the call is put out for track suggestions, hit them up with whatever track you’d like to see ‘Flipped‘. They’ll pick a track that day, flip it over the week, and release it the following Friday. As a thanks for the continued support … Continue reading Illy + M-Phazes: Friday Flips #3

Chance Waters: To Infinity & Beyond

Following the release of the title track from his soon to be released sophomore album, Infinity, Sydney hip-hop artist Chance Waters (formerly Phatchance) announces that he will hit the road for a series of East Coast shows this April and May. Infinity is produced by Adelaide artist-to-watchOne Above, who recently produced The Hilltop Hoods’ #1 Single ‘I Love It ft. Sia’ as well as numerous songs from Chance’s debut LP, Inkstains. Recently you have departed from the Phatchance title to perform under your real name Chance Waters. What was the reasoning behind the name change? Honestly it was a personal thing, when people asked me what I did and I explained to … Continue reading Chance Waters: To Infinity & Beyond

Tornts Interview: Tales Of Trauma

From the depths of Melbourne, the highly respected rapper and venomous author, Tornts, is back with his highly anticipated LP, Concrete Slang. Broken Tooth Entertainment’s most prolific MC returns with a hard-hitting dose of reality rap and imagery riddled visions of city life in 2012. Explain to us the concept behind the title of your new album Concrete Slang and how that relates to the tracks on the album? I set out to do an album that had a lot real life rap content and story type joints about living in Melbourne…so ‘Concrete Slang’ relates to what I’m rapping/writing about…life in the city … Continue reading Tornts Interview: Tales Of Trauma

Interview: Prime – Good Morning, Good Lord, Good God!

Good Morning. A simple greeting to signal the beginning of a new day. An invitation to wake the f**k up. A fitting introduction to Prime. Like the hazy light of dawn sneaking through the clouds over Hindmarsh Square. Prime’s unheralded arrival on the Australian hip-hop landscape has cast subtle but welcome shadows over a fan base hungry for a new approach. Some listeners might have caught a glimpse of the Adelaide emcee through his work with Pagen Elypsis, a Triple J Unearthed-winning six-piece whose minor hit One Way Ticket rattled radio speakers throughout 2010.  Others may recall Prime from his early but successful days on the … Continue reading Interview: Prime – Good Morning, Good Lord, Good God!

Vents – Marked For An ARIA

Congratulations go out to Golden Era Records artist Vents with news that his album Marked For Death snagged an ARIA nomination for ‘Best Urban Album’. Vents sophomore release Marked for Death was produced by Trials from The Funkoars, with the album featuring Golden Era label mates Hilltop Hoods, and Sesta from The Funkoars. Also big congratulations to Trials who not only produced Vents’ – Marked For Death but also primarily produced 7 time ARIA nominee Drapht’s – The Life Of Riley album, including the track, Rapunzel which was also nominated for Single Of The Year. We catch up with the man of the moment, Vents as he prepares to grace the official red carpet at the 2011 ARIA awards, or at least check it out on TV.  aahh: … Continue reading Vents – Marked For An ARIA

Brad Strut Interview: UK, Unfuckwithable, & Unkut Recordings

In 2001 Brad Strut released his debut long player The Authentic LP, an album which marked a turning point in local hip hop. allaussie hip hop catch up with Australian legend Brad Strut as he returns home from the UK. Not only does Strut talk about his upcoming release, we also delve head first with Strut into the other projects he has been working on include Ciecmate’s – Chess Sounds Vol. 1. aahh: After spending a few years over in the UK you’re back in Australia. How did you find the time spent in the UK and are you happy to … Continue reading Brad Strut Interview: UK, Unfuckwithable, & Unkut Recordings

Dailectrix – Rapper Tag #44

Rapper Tag continues to grown and build on early momentum with the latest tag from Melbourne emcee Dialectrix. Dialectrix drops Rapper Tag #44 with a crazy split screen video featuring DJ 2Buck on the decks with Versus Media behind the camera. Check out our most recent interview with Dialectrix regarding his Audio Projectile release from earlier in the year.  The unique synergy created between artists was a defining character in the creativity and success of hip hop during the 1990s. Hip hop crews were bound together by their ideas in the moment and this interaction, at times tense, marked an … Continue reading Dailectrix – Rapper Tag #44

Funkoars – The Quickening Interview

The Funkoars are back n’ badder than ever and are coming to a town near you with The Quickening Album Launch Tour, which will see them touring extensively throughout the country from September through November. We catch up with Trials as he recovers from a crazy Melbourne show late last week.  aahh: The Quickening is the 4th LP from The Funkoars, would you describe this as the most ‘Classic’ album to date from The Funkoars, in terms of sound and overall finished product? Trials: As far as OUR take on ‘classic’, yeah, I’d say this embodies everything that makes us … Continue reading Funkoars – The Quickening Interview

Fluent Form – Word Merchant LP: Riots, Raps & Religion

We catch up with Fluent Form fresh off the back of his Word Merchant LP drop to talk about all things regarding the album. Crate Cartel member and emcee heavyweight Fluent Form has not only been busy acting on the small screen he has also been making some great hip hop. Check out what he has to say regarding his recent Word Merchant release below. aahh: Your  LP release titled ‘Word Merchant’ dropped a few months ago. It’s had some time now to soak amongst the heads, what kind of reaction and feedback have you had for the album this time … Continue reading Fluent Form – Word Merchant LP: Riots, Raps & Religion

Dazed – Rest In Syn 7″ featuring Rinse and Grand Arkiteks.

It’s rare for the scene to be blessed with the release of a 7” in these often cynical times. Making music is an expensive habit, and there are a lot of broke artists languishing out there with stillborn plans. Melbourne based producer/MC Dazed has said fuck all that and gone ahead with a limited release, collectors edition vinyl featuring two tracks from Sydney based artists and his own inimitable production. Rest in Syn is a record by a man who still values the memories of flipping through magazines and freaking out on seeing new track produced by a favourite artist; … Continue reading Dazed – Rest In Syn 7″ featuring Rinse and Grand Arkiteks.

Thundamentals Interview: ThundaCats, Thoughts & Talent

Just over a week ago, Blue Mountains Crew Thundamentals dropped the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2009 Sleeping On Your Style release with the stunning LP Foreverlution. aahh catches up with Jeswon to talk all things album related, the recent KON Design comp and what’s shooting Thudamentals latest LP in to the CD players of thousands country-wide. Strap yourself in…blast off!! aahh: Fans of Thundamentals have been waiting since 2009 for a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Sleeping On Your Style LP release. What’s been the biggest change for you as a group since that release and how will Foreverlution build on that last album? Jeswon: I would have to … Continue reading Thundamentals Interview: ThundaCats, Thoughts & Talent

Bias B – Biaslife: Beginnings, Beats & Blessings Interview

Australian hip hop pioneer Bias B has announced his retirement after an extremely influential solo career. His last show in Melbourne at The Corner Hotel was true testament to his genre-defining reign as one of local hip hop’s original kings. The venue packed out with representatives from all corners of the industry showing their support. Here’s what fellow industry innovators Reason, Ciecmate and Pegz have to say about the legendary Melbourne emcee; “Being the first Melbourne based emcee I had ever heard, I’ve always drawn inspiration from Bias B. I have the esteemed honour of calling him a true friend, an honour I cherish. As an artist … Continue reading Bias B – Biaslife: Beginnings, Beats & Blessings Interview

Trem – For The Term Of His Natural Life: Hip Hop, Heads & History (Interview)

We catch up with Trem as he sets to release one of the most anticipated hip hop releases these shores have seen. The For The Term Of His Natural Life LP has been a long time coming and let us be the first to tell you…it’s nearly here. We catch up with the man from Unkut to talk about the Omega Man single, hip hop history and of course  everything album related.  The first single taken from the upcoming LP release ‘For The Term Of His Natural Life’ Omega Man has gone wild. The limited edition pack sold out across … Continue reading Trem – For The Term Of His Natural Life: Hip Hop, Heads & History (Interview)

Vegas Aces – Interview: Gambling, Gear & Generics

aahh: The history between Vegas Aces goes way back to the days when Cam was working with Publik Relationz and you (4th) were apart of Pure Product, are we right? 4th: Yeah, I started sourcing beats for the Pure Product album and got put in touch with Cam through Mr Hill and Seven (Publik Relationz) and was just blown away at his beats, even back then. At the time I think he was just 18 and had only just started making beats, so I knew he was going to be someone to watch out for. aahh: Fast forward to 2011. We … Continue reading Vegas Aces – Interview: Gambling, Gear & Generics

Vents – Marked For Death (May 13): Militarism, Alienation & Unhappiness

Golden Era Records artist Vents is set to release his highly anticipated second album Marked for Death which will be in stores and online on May 13, 2011. The first single History Of The World has already been released to a whirlwind response. We catch up with Vents below for a quick chat about his new LP, the release of the single and much more. You have just dropped the first single from the soon to be released sophmore LP titled ‘Marked For Death’. The first single ‘History Of The World’ is a cracker. Tell us a little bit about … Continue reading Vents – Marked For Death (May 13): Militarism, Alienation & Unhappiness

Class A MC Interview: Milkmen, Money & Music

aahh: 2010 saw the release of your debut LP Me, Me, Me & Him, The Secret Life of a Receptionist. What so far has been the highlight of this journey? Class A MC: The highlight of the journey was seeing it out and in JB Hi Fi. That was a big goal for me- to get it in stores. It was a very long and arduous journey and to see it finished, packaged and ready for sale was an amazing feeling. After the visit to JB, we then went and drank champagne and ate lots of dumplings to celebrate. The … Continue reading Class A MC Interview: Milkmen, Money & Music

Dialect Interview: The Vortex, Vinyl & Video Clips

aahh catches up with one of the hottest emcees in the country right now, emcee Dialect from Dialect & Despair. In the interview we talk all things Vortex related, digging, technology and how it affects our hip hop world plus much much more. Check it out. aahh: The Vortex has been out for a few months now and has been dubbed by many as one of the top albums of 2010, you’ve also toured and dropped two killer film clips. Can 2011 beat that? Dialect: We’ll have to wait and see! We are not out to rush anything we produce. … Continue reading Dialect Interview: The Vortex, Vinyl & Video Clips

Bigfoot Interview – Giant Steps: Imbeciles, Inoffensive Smooth Talking & Emo-Rhymers

aahh: After years and years of waiting, we’ve finally copped the debut LP from “giant” of the scene Bigfoot. Why has it taken so long for us all to see a full length Bigfoot solo album? Bigfoot: I spent a lot of time working on music for other people, doing shows, moving house a whole lot of times, paying bills & laying on my back in hospital.  I’ve never had somewhere stable to record everything, as evidenced by the number of different studios “Giant Steps” was recorded in, so I could never complete tracks to my satisfaction until recently.  I … Continue reading Bigfoot Interview – Giant Steps: Imbeciles, Inoffensive Smooth Talking & Emo-Rhymers

Dialectrix – Audio Projectiles, internet bullshit & a fluey Fluent

The unique synergy created between artists was a defining character in the creativity and success of hip hop during the 1990s. Hip hop crews were bound together by their ideas in the moment and this interaction, at times tense, marked an incredible era in the genre’s history. Dialectrix, along with Mercury Prize winner Plutonic Lab and prolific Sydney DJ 2buck have taken this historical approach to produce Audio Projectile, the second album from one of Australia’s most talented wordsmiths.  The album is the work of collaboration in the truest sense. Aiming to capture the vivid sounds of the classics, Audio Projectile is their enjoyment of the past, … Continue reading Dialectrix – Audio Projectiles, internet bullshit & a fluey Fluent

The Tongue – Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy is the title to your second full length LP dropping today. How are you feeling about the finished product? I feel like its my best work to date. I’m working with the best producers, I’m writing the best songs of my career, all the guests brought their A-game….I’m really proud of this album… It’s a slick-looking package for sure, is there any meaning behind the title Alternative Energy? The human race is headed for disaster….I don’t believe in that 2012 crap but all the signs suggest we need to change our ways. If we don’t find a better … Continue reading The Tongue – Alternative Energy

Syntax – The Musical

Early on in your rap career you were one third of Queensland mainstays Trace Elements –  featuring hip-hop producer  M-Phazes and also emcee Tactic One. Tell us a bit about how that crew came together? Myself and Tactic One were friends in high school, and we met M-Phazes through a mutual friend called Lee who worked at a local record store. He had heard about myself and Tactic through the grapevine and wanted to know if we were interested in meeting his friend M-Phazes. Being new to the whole music thing we were totally interested, and Lee played us a … Continue reading Syntax – The Musical