Hilltop Hoods Initiative is Back Again!

The 2012 Hilltop Hoods Initiative is now open for applications. The Hilltop Hoods Initiative is a $10,000 grant funded by Hilltop Hoods and APRA to help emerginglocal Hip Hop artists to manufacture, market and release an album. In past years the grant was restricted to South Australian residents but since 2009 the guys have made the grant available to applicants Australia-wide. In addition to the $10,000 in funding, the winner will receive legal advice courtesy of David Vodika and Media Arts Lawyers which can be used for general legal or specific career advice, plus a Shure Microphone prize pack. To … Continue reading Hilltop Hoods Initiative is Back Again!

Zarkov – Australian Hip Hop: Are We Having Fun Yet (Out Now)

Zarkov is a 23 year old hip-hop producer from Sydney, Australia. His beats are heavy and electronic with influences ranging from Dub-Step across Wonky, Dirty South and Boom Bap. Zarkov is a member of the Tape Death collective: A group of beatsmiths on the vanguard of tomorrow’s Hip-Hop. Australian Hip Hop: Are We Having Fun Yet showcases some of his remix work from the past 3 years of a varied assortment of Australian and UK MCs. You will be able to hear more of Zarkov’s work on Purpose – If The City Had A Voice II release (out March 17). … Continue reading Zarkov – Australian Hip Hop: Are We Having Fun Yet (Out Now)

Funkoars release Who’s Your Step Daddy? Re-Release & Instrumental version on iTunes

In 2003, four of Adelaide’s rawest mother f’ers released their debut full length album entitled Who’s Your Step Daddy to critical ridicule from pop culture and received ZERO commercial radio play. Why?…..Well when you combine a group of filthy blokes, a whole lot of alcohol, various ilicit substances, a gaggle of dirty birds and then translate that into the form Who’s Your Step Daddy, the reaction from the public could only be that of utter disgust. But somehow, this LP containing a dirty dozen of the rawest joints you ever heard in your life became an Aussie Hip-Hop classic and … Continue reading Funkoars release Who’s Your Step Daddy? Re-Release & Instrumental version on iTunes

Mind Over Matter with DJ Ilz – Just Like Fireworks Album Tour with Coptic Soldier & Johnny Utah

Launching their sophomore album Just Like Fireworks, Sydney’s Mind Over Matter announce their national Just Like Fireworks album tour through April/May. Following a massive single tour at the end of 2010, Mind Over Matter will be returning to the stage with a whole new live set and special guests including Coptic Soldier and Johnny Utah. Set for release on March 18th, Just Like Fireworks will be released through new label partners Other Tongues. With almost two albums worth of tracks on the one seventeen track long player, Just Like Fireworks is a generous offering from local Sydney duo MCs Willow … Continue reading Mind Over Matter with DJ Ilz – Just Like Fireworks Album Tour with Coptic Soldier & Johnny Utah

Push Over 2011

Victoria’s longest-running all ages live music festival Push Over returns with a killer line-up of upcoming Aussie talent, the freshest young Victorian acts, some of the country’s most fast and furious hardcore and metal bands and a full arena of bouncing hip hop music and break dance! Firing thriller beats across four sound stages will be Melbourne’s: Anchors, Children Collide, Deez Nuts, Dream On Dreamer, Hopeless, House Vs Hurricane, Trainwreck, Metals, Oh Mercy, Owl Eyes and 2econds, plus Howl and Gold Fields from Ballarat, I Exist from Canberra, Brisbane’s Violent Soho and Last Dinosaurs, Gisbourne’s Stonefield, The Storm Picturesque from … Continue reading Push Over 2011

The Herd Mark 10 Years With New Single & Tour

Celebrating 10 years since their debut, The Herd perform their first live shows in two years this autumn. Their first single Sum Of It All drops in March from their fifth album, due August 2011. The Herd are a culturally diverse expression of modern Australia, but they bring with them that grand Aussie tradition of storytellers ready and willing to question authority. If you’ve seen them live, you’ll also be familiar with their ability to laugh at themselves and bring the whole crowd together. Witness the heart of Elefant Traks live on stage this April. The Herd will be joined by special … Continue reading The Herd Mark 10 Years With New Single & Tour

Rappertag #20 & 21 – Tuka and Drapht

This is the 20th and 21st installment of rappertag featuring Tuka and Drapht So far it’s been: 1). 360 2). Urthboy 3.) Brad Strut 4.) Fraksha 5.) Bias B 6.) Newsense 7.) Briggs 8.) Hunter 9.) The Master 10.) Hau 11.) Nay 12.) Lotek 13.) 1/6 14.) Suffa 15.) Headlock 16.) Lazy Grey 17.) BVA 18.) Class A MC 19.) The Tongue To Come: Sesta – Funkoars Drapht’s Latest Single – Rapunzel Tuka’s – Will Rap For Tuka – Free Track & Release Info Continue reading Rappertag #20 & 21 – Tuka and Drapht

Drapht Rapunzel Tour

It’s been a long time between drinks for west coast emcee and wordsmith Drapht. Having had a massive 08 and 09, most of 2010 has been spent teaming up with Brothers Grimm producer Trials working on the follow up. Drapht has been holed up in a home studio writing, crossing out, rewriting, cutting, pasting, cutting again, deleting, occasionally banging his head against a wall and then finally kicking back and smiling. The success of 2008’s Brothers Grimm, which spawned the massive radio hits Jimmy Recard and Falling (Jimmy Recard was the #2 most played track on JJJ in 08 and … Continue reading Drapht Rapunzel Tour

Wildside Tour feat. The Tongue + Spit Syndicate Supported by Class A

For those of you who have been following The Tongue saga we’re relieved to let you know he has been released and is free to tour Australia in November. His touring partners, Spit Syndicate, covered his legal expenses (hello, record label?) and we caught the big moment where they met up on tape above. If you need a refresher on the infamous ‘press conference’ that got The Tongue into trouble, you can see the video here. The Wildside Tour heads around the country throughout November, co-headlined by Spit Syndicate with support from Class A. Tickets are available now from elefanttraks.oztix.com.au … Continue reading Wildside Tour feat. The Tongue + Spit Syndicate Supported by Class A

Funkoars – Tour Diary Pt. 3

Funkoars hit the snow recently for some shows with Ash Grunwald on his album Launch Tour. Alot of driving and partying was done before they headed back to Adelaide to prepare for The Ultimate Hangover show at HQ on 10th September. After a string of sold out tours and festivals, the Funkoars have been taking a well earned sabbatical from what was essentially a two year long hangover. Now after some serious stomach pumping and quality time in rehab, The ‘Oars are ready to deliver their last Adelaide show for 2010. Not only will this mark their final hometown show … Continue reading Funkoars – Tour Diary Pt. 3

Horrorshow: Walk You Home Tour

Elefant Traks is pleased to announce Horrorshow’s Walk You Home Tour with 8 shows nationwide this August/September. The horse that is Horrorshow’s live reputation has bolted! Their Inside Story tour earlier this year was a smashing success playing to over 4000 people including 2 sellout Sydney shows (the first selling out 3 weeks in advance) at the Factory. The buzz around Horrorshow keeps growing: their evocative, ego-free hip-hop continues to strike a chord with a diverse and growing legion of devoted fans. They were recently featured in J-MAG for the tattoos fans have made out of their lyrics. After appearances … Continue reading Horrorshow: Walk You Home Tour

360 – Take Off (Sky Is Falling) Doco

Step behind the scenes with 360 as he discusses the inspiration and recording process for Take Off (Sky Is Falling), the first official preview track from his upcoming album Falling & Flying (Soulmate/EMI). Features live studio footage and a cameo from track producer Styalz Fuego. Filmed & edited by Hamish McCormick for Carnival Cinema, June 2010. Album should be out September. Take Off (Sky Is Falling) Continue reading 360 – Take Off (Sky Is Falling) Doco

Capri Theatre – Classic Movie Screenings

Have you ever wanted to catch Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece, Pulp Fiction on the big screen? Well, an Adelaide icon theatre with charm, friendly service and five-star elegant old-world atmosphere now gives you the chance. Presenting movies and music, special events and functions. Experience the comfort and elegance of this unique theatre. The Capri Theatre is owned and operated by the Theatre Organ Society of Australia (South Australian Division) Inc, which is a not-for-profit music society. Built in 1941, The Capri is heritage listed and houses the Society’s world class theatre pipe organ. What: Classic Double Feature Pulp Fiction + A … Continue reading Capri Theatre – Classic Movie Screenings

Jake Biz – Purgatory EP Free Download

750 Rebels & Karsniogenics in association with http://www.runroyal.com present for free download: Jake Biz – Purgatory EP After a decade deeply entrenched in Brisbane’s underground hiphop scene, 750 Rebels and Towndrunxxx key member Jake Biz is primed and ready for the release of his upcoming solo debut Commercial Hell. In preparation for the album’s long-awaited release, Karsniogenics is proud to present  Purgatory, the unofficial EP prelude from Jake Biz. Only available via FREE download, Purgatory marks five exclusive tracks  recorded in and around the Commercial Hell sessions, featuring production from fellow label cohorts Lazy Grey, Bigfoot, Sean B, and Chubbadubbed … Continue reading Jake Biz – Purgatory EP Free Download

Mata Of Fact- Show a must see

For one night only, the cream of the crop of Melbourne’s Hip Hop scene will come together to perform on Saturday May 15 at the Central Club Hotel in Richmond. Mata & Must will headline a jam-packed night of Australian Hip Hop supported by Mr Nobody himself Maundz plus Dekoda and Vince Van Go. Kicking off the night will be the man himself Vince Van Go, who last year dropped his highly anticipated debut EP under the name SlipryTips. After months in his laboratory Vince Van Go will be debuting his new tracks. Following Vince Van Go will be the … Continue reading Mata Of Fact- Show a must see

M-Phazes/Triple J Unearthed MC comp

Emcees are you ready to spit some fire, download a beat and show the nation what you got? Triple J Unearthed is teaming up with internationally renowned hip hop producer M-Phazes to create a track with an exclusive M-Phazes beat, and an Triple J Unearthed emcees rhymes. To enter, all you have to do is download the beat here and re-upload it with your rhymes on top. The best emcee as chosen by Triple J Hip Hop show host Hau Latukefu and M-Phazes will have the track properly produced by the man himself! And if M-Phazes comes to your town … Continue reading M-Phazes/Triple J Unearthed MC comp

Elgen & Johnny Utah win the Triple J Unearthed Groovin’ The Moo Competition

Elgen & Johnny Utah have just won the Triple J Unearthed Groovin’ The Moo competition – the two brothers from Port Stephens will be performing at the massive Maitland festival alongside mainstays Silverchair, Empire Of The Sun, Muph N Plutonic, The Funkoars and more Their track When The Rain Hits is now on rotation at Triple J and available for free download from Triple J Unearthed here. The guys are currently working on their full LP release after dropping  TheWelcoming Party EP back in Feb 09. All production will be handled by Elgen with Johnny Utah jumping up on the … Continue reading Elgen & Johnny Utah win the Triple J Unearthed Groovin’ The Moo Competition

Torcha and B-Don – Frozen State album launch

After much anticipation, Frozen State by Torcha and B-Don, was recently released in stores Australia-wide and online internationally. To celebrate Torcha & B-Don will be performing this Friday March 26 @ The Beach Rd Hotel, Bondi @ 10pm. The line-up includes: Def Wish Cast Torcha & B-Don feat. SQZ Mike Who and DJ Ability This is a free event so make sure you get down and show your love. You can add Torcha and B-Don on Facebook here. Be sure to grab Frozen State, you can get that here. Continue reading Torcha and B-Don – Frozen State album launch

Gully Platoon hit Sydney

Basic Equipment/Joint adventure proudly present: Pegz, Dialectrix and Joe New are Gully Platoon, Obese Records hip hop heavy weights will hit Sydney soon to celebrate their amazing album The Great Divide. If you missed them at the Block Party, here is your chance. Supported by some of Sydney’s finest emcees and DJ’s. You know this will be a show not to miss. Full line up includes: Gully Platoon (Pegz, Dialectrix, Joe New and the legendary DJ 2Buck) Scott Burns and DJ Mathmatics (Lookup) Herb Rock (celebrating the release of the Morning Sun EP), more TBA soon. April 30th – Sydney, … Continue reading Gully Platoon hit Sydney

Decked Out TV

There has been a few changes to the line up schedule for Decked Out TV. Due to a lack of funding, they guys have decided to run 3 live shows instead of 5, and put all our headline act’s on the 3. On the last show we saw Mystro headline with the Indigenous Intrudaz. Below you can check out some of the Decked Out TV highlights plus the promo vid. The next show penciled in for April 9, will feature some of Queensland’s finest. On the line up we have DJ Sanchez (SA), PJ, Pure Product, Sneaky T, Rainman and … Continue reading Decked Out TV

P.R – Pre Heated (Free Download)

After 7 months in the making, the very hard-working Sydney producer P.R has completed the much-anticipated mixtape Pre-Heated hosted by the world-famous New York based DJ/Producer extraordinaire ‘Statik Selektah’. Pre-Heated is a sample based Hip-Hop project, which brings forth a clash between a range of different genre/styles, fusing Soul and Jazz into production that would make the gods smile. What makes this project so unique is that each track has its own vibe and sound, such as one track gives listeners a gritty raw underground feel, while another track gives the listeners a relaxed soulful feel to just kick and … Continue reading P.R – Pre Heated (Free Download)

Wax Museum Records – Monthly Jam feat M-Phazes

Wax Museum Records, Blank TM, The Heist and Top Billin present Melbourne’s premier hip-hop night. The Wax Museum crew and friends return to kick off 2010 with another big one night of hip-hop! M-PHAZES, one of the illest producers in the game currently, will be joining the party to jump on the 1’s and 2’s and bring the heat. 563 who moved over from the UK a few years back now. A connoisseur for 90’s east coast hip-hop and of course his native UK scene, expect to hear plenty of classic jams but also some rare gems thrown into the … Continue reading Wax Museum Records – Monthly Jam feat M-Phazes

Whisper – Free Download

The track is called, ‘Stand Up’, and the beat was produced by M-Phazes, featuring Lee Sissing on the hook. It also features a whole bunch of the Obese Records fam. Here’s a bit of what Whisper had to say about his latest work. ‘Stand Up’ is the first single off my upcoming free-album, ‘In Good Company’. Which will feature a heap of collabs with some amazing local emcees, vocalists and producers. Check out the ‘Stand Up’ clip on a earlier post here. Whisper is the triple threat. He’s an experienced emcee and producer, plus, the boy can sing! Whisper has … Continue reading Whisper – Free Download

Vote for Aussie Hip Hop in Triple J’s Hottest 100

The idea is pretty straight forward: ask Australians everywhere to vote for their favourite song of the year and tell us why. triple j then collates the results and plays the countdown on Australia Day – but the end result is much more. By voting you are taking part in the world’s biggest musical democracy. You’re also joining a world-wide party as listeners in Australia and ex-pats everywhere get together, crank up the radio and party to the best songs of 2009. Voting is now open and closes at midnight (AEST) Sunday 17th January 2010. You can vote for up … Continue reading Vote for Aussie Hip Hop in Triple J’s Hottest 100

CLASS-A ‘New single- So Bad’

Based in the Melbourne, Class-A is an office chick by day who just happens to moonlight as an underground rap star. Voted Best Female MC in the OzHipHop.Com Awards in 2008 is currently completing work on her official debut release entitled Me, Me, Me, and Him: The Secret Life of a Receptionist. The cheeky lyricist now offers up a brand new single ‘So Bad’ produced by one of Australia’s biggest names in hip-hop production, M-Phazes. Class A had this to say about ‘So Bad’ and her upcoming EP: This is off my EP titled – ‘Me me me me and … Continue reading CLASS-A ‘New single- So Bad’

Calling all hip hop DJ + Producers

Reckon you’ve got what it takes to play to 80,000 people? SPIN DJ COMP is back in 2010 looking for Adelaide’s hottest DJ talent to hit the decks at the Adelaide Fringe Opening Night Party on 19 February, 2010. Now in its fourth year, SPIN DJ COMP has been the springboard for talents such as Track Team (2007), Carter Bros (2008) and DJ Well Being (2009). SPIN DJ COMP will open for entries on Thursday 3 December and is encouraging DJs of all levels of experience to send in a mix… you never know – you might be the one … Continue reading Calling all hip hop DJ + Producers

The Kick Kick Snare Producer Battle – SA

Adelaide is holding its first ever Producer Battle – tonight. The Kick Kick Snare Producer Battle is a coming together of some of the finest established and up and coming producers Adelaide has to offer. This is an opportunity for these musical prophets to display their skills in a competitive environment and be recognised for their endless hours of effort in refining the classic art of Hip Hop production.” This is a first for Adelaide and its about time that the masterminds behind the music get a chance to flex their skills. The battle format will be similar to a … Continue reading The Kick Kick Snare Producer Battle – SA