Applications are now open for the 2013 Hilltop Hoods Initiative! The Hilltop Hoods and APRA are teaming up again to give a career changing $10K to the most impressive emerging Hip Hop/Soul act in Australia. Aimed at helping fund the manufacturing and marketing of an album release, the grant is open to any act that hasn’t had a previous professional commercial release. For application instructions and terms log on here. Applications close on Tuesday 26th February and the grant recipient will be announced on Thursday 28th March. Good Luck! More Information || APRA / AMCOS || Hilltop Hoods Continue reading 2013 Hilltop Hoods Initiative
Hip Hop music will be used to raise awareness on social issues. And Fijian Australian hip-hop artist and community worker Thelma Thomas aka MC Trey has recently volunteered her time to assist members of FemLINKPacific’s Generation Next Project. For five days, MC Trey worked with Generation Next to co-write and produce music around the theme: Enhancing women’s participation for conflict prevention. “I will present free lyric writing, beat-making and digital storytelling workshops for Suva-based young women, on behalf of Fiji Youth Initiative (FYI),” she said in a statement. “A collaborative group song will be created which reflects and comments on social issues. … Continue reading MC Trey lends a hand in Fiji
South Australian emcee Dialect has been picked as this weeks Triple J Unearthed feature artist. As a part of the whole deal, Triple J threw a few q’s Dialects way. You can check that out below. Also, make sure you head over to Dialects unearthed page here, and download some new tracks plus leave a review. 1. Tell us about your music – How did you develop your flow and sound? I make straight up Hip Hop music with a focus on heavy beats and true lyricism inspired by my life experience, passion for record collecting and that 90’s New … Continue reading Dialect – JJJ unearthed feature artist
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
It seems that Obese Records has officially signed Broken Tooth Entertainment and it catalogure for national distribution. This is great news for artists and fans alike. Here is the official word from Obese: Obese Records is proud to announce the signing of Broken Tooth Entertainment and its catalogue for national distribution. As one of Australia’s most loved hip hop labels, Broken Tooth Entertainment is home to the likes of Ceicmate, Newsense, Tornts, Bigfoot, and Hospice Crew – building a reputation as one of the hardest hitting hip hop labels in the country. Now joining the Obese family, Broken Tooth releases … Continue reading Obese Distribution – Broken Tooth Entertainment
Sydney artist Urthboy (Elefant Traks) aka Tim Levinson has been nominated to join the shortlist for this year’s Australian music award, The Amps, for his new album, Spitshine. Urthboy, also known for his work with The Herd, worked on the new album with fellow stable mates Hermitude. Levinson makes up one of the nine artists on the shortlist for the Australian Music Prize for outstanding album of 2009, the second time he’s been nominated after The Signal made the cut in 2007. Now in its fifth year, the music prize is not just the most reputable of the gongs handed … Continue reading Urthboy nominated for an Australian Music Award
This year the category of Engineer of the Year rounded out with two equal winners who worked with very different genres of music. Hilltop Hoods member, DJ Debris (Barry Francis) has been recognised for his work on State Of The Art, the follow up to the Hilltop Hoods 2006 ARIA Award winning album, The Hard Road. Greg Wales who engineered and produced for You Am I, was the other winner. The 23rd Annual ARIA Awards will be held Thursday, November 26 at Acer Arena. Continue reading DJ Debris Wins ARIA for Best Engineering
An interesting article was posted on the ABC news website a few hours ago here, regarding the new measures the NSW Government are putting in place in part of a graffiti crackdown. Children could be imprisoned for up to six months if they are caught carrying cans of spray paint without a legitimate reason. Elva Darnell wrote the following story: Children in New South Wales could be imprisoned for up to six months if they are caught carrying cans of spray paint without a legitimate reason. The new measures are part of a crackdown on graffiti. The State Government will … Continue reading Children to face jail for carrying a spray can?
Aussie Hip Hop Artist N’fa Forster-Jones, best know for his work with 1200 Techniques, and also a boyhood friend of Heath Ledger, has released a music video Heath directed shortly before his death. N’fa posted the 3 minute, 31 second-clip for his song Cause An Effect on his YouTube and MySpace pages on Thursday, along with a video in which he explains how the project came about. Ledger, the celebrity-shy star of Batman blockbuster, “The Dark Night,” and the posthumously released “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” shot a handful of videos for low-profile artists he liked. Ledger died aged 28 … Continue reading Heath Ledger directed N’Fa clip released
Pez got a nice little review in J-Mag this month. You can check it out below. Make sure you catch Pez at the Onebyone Summer Launch gig. You can find details on that in a previous post here. Continue reading Pez in J-Mag
Broken Tooth Entertainments newsletter will be hitting your inbox soon. The guys use this opportunity to dispel some of the rumors around Shogun Distribution. Here’s what they had to say: With a thousand and one rumours currently doing the rounds in regards to Shogun Distribution, Broken Tooth Entertainment would like to assure their fans that a new chapter is being written. We are working diligently to secure a new home for Australia’s most consistent label, and would like you all to stay safe in the knowledge you will still be able to find all our new albums and back catalogue … Continue reading A New Chapter in the BTE Story is Being Written…
Phatchance, is making waves with his brand of aussie hip hop, as Triple J Unearthed announce him as the feature artist. The lead single off his upcoming album, Inkstains (title track) has already had a few plays on Triple J and has been well received by all, we recommend you check it out. If you get a free moment head over to Phatchance’s Unearthed page here, and have a listen, you should also drop by his official webpage here. Get ready for Inkstains – Out November 27. Continue reading Phatchance Triple J Unearthed – Feature Artist
The ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) nominations came out today and there were a lot of well deserved aussie hip hop nominations. These include: Astronomy Class (Pursuit of Happiness) Horrorshow (The Grey Space) Pez (A Mind of My Own) Phrase (Clockwork) (A well deserved birthday present!!) Hilltop Hoods (State Of The Art), received six nominations. Best Group Best Urban Release Single of the Year Highest Selling Album Engineer of the Year (Debris) Producer of the Year (Suffa) Not only is this great for us, it’s great for Australian Hip Hop. Thanks to everyone that’s helped make this such an amazing … Continue reading Aussie Hip Hop Aria Nominations 2009
Obese Records is proud to announce the signing of Melbourne’s Mantra to the family. Mantra is known for his pivotal role as part of local outfit Illzilla, whose 2008 debut full length Wasteland, received both critical and commercial reception (the single “Cut Feet” featured prominently on Triple J). Now part of the new breed of Obese Records artist, Mantra will release Power of the Spoken in early 2010 and will join young artists like Illy, Skryptcha, Dialectrix, Thundamentals, and Spit Syndicate in bringing Australian hip hop forward in the years to come. Obese Records owner and artist Pegz has said … Continue reading Mantra confirmed as Obese Records latest!
The moment that some would say, changed Mantra’s life forever. That’s right ladies and gentleman Melbourne emcee, Mantra has officially signed with Obese Records. Obese were hinting at the new signing all day on Twitter and even released this photo of the contract signing itself. Obese have signed some great talent as of late and we’re sure that they have got themselves another keeper with Mantra. You may remember Mantra from Equills (Mantra, Whisper, and DJ Wax Vandal) with their release The New Threat. The New Threat was a solid album, with some stand out tracks like You Get Down, … Continue reading Mantra Signs To Obese Records
The Herd have officially pulled out of the Coal To Coast Festival after a shit storm of criticism. Ozi Batla appeared on Triple J’s Hack this afternoon defending The Herds position on pulling out of the festival. The band were scheduled to headline the event near Mackay tonight but pulled out at the last minute due to conflicting interests with the coal industry sponsors. How can a band/group come under fire for trying to spread their message to a larger audience. Having grown up in a mining town, I have seen first hand the negative effects that mining has not … Continue reading Ozi Batla Vs Young Libral (Triple J Hack)