Featuring DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Pharoahe Monch, M.O.P., Celph Titled, Locksmith & More Apathy may be more than 20 years into his career, but the Connecticut native has never sounded better. To say he’s revitalized would mean he’s slowed down at … Continue reading Apathy’s Sixth Studio LP, ‘The Widow’s Son’ Has Arrived!
Pharoahe Monch, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, M.O.P., Nottz, Buckwild & More Join Apathy on Sixth Studio LP, ‘The Widow’s Son’ Apathy may be more than 20 years into his career, but the Connecticut native has never sounded better. To say … Continue reading Apathy The Widow’s Son LP
Australia and New Zealand, ‘Get the fuck up’, Grammy Award winning New York MC Pharoahe Monch returns this September for a seven date tour. Returning for the first time since 2014 the lauded MC brings his faithful DJ Boogie Blind and irreverent hypeman Cam … Continue reading Pharoahe Monch announces Australia and New Zealand tour
Since releasing their debut EP in 2015, Coda Conduct have been turning heads across Australia. They’ve been chosen as triple j Unearthed Feature Artists, appeared on triple j Breakfast, played Groovin The Moo in Canberra, and received airplay across the country. Originally from Canberra, they now reside in Sydney, and continue to win fans with their high energy performances. Recent gigs have included supports for Citizen Kay, Charli 2Na, Pharoahe Monch, Tkay Maidza, Joelistics, Briggs, Mantra, Remi and more. With a dexterous flow, meticulously considered lyrics, and a tongue-in-cheek brand of humour, Coda Conduct are quickly gaining a name as an … Continue reading Coda Conduct Click Clack (Front N Back)
This one is strictly for the producers and beat-heads. Part 3 of Marco Polo’s ongoing “Making Of The Beats” series. This one breaks down how he made “The Jungle” for Pharoahe Monch off his P.T.S.D. album. Also, the drums and … Continue reading Marco Polo Making The Beats Pt. 3 (Pharoahe Monch’s “The Jungle”)
Archaeological Logic The West Coast’s premiere political poet is back, Ras Kass spits razor sharp reflections over fast rising Detroit producer Apollo Brown’s most buttery beats. Special guest Pharoahe Monch grabs the mic and digs into his memory to extract … Continue reading Apollo Brown & Ras Kass H20 feat. Pharoahe Monch & Rakaa Iriscience
You know the Briggs story, indigenous kid from regional Australia (Victoria). if not, let me refresh your memory, from the moment Briggs dropped his self-released debut EP, the brilliant and ground breaking Homemade Bombs (2009), it was obvious to everyone that this marked the arrival of a powerful and unique voice on the scene. His indigenous roots and his rural upbringing in the small country town of Shepparton (Victoria) gave him a perspective like no one else. Powered by a rapid-fire, melodic, direct approach, Briggs was as funny as he was deep. It was this rare combination of characteristics that lead … Continue reading Briggs Sheplife
Coalmine Records is turning ten, and in celebration of their decade long run, they are pleased to roll out the promotional campaign for our long awaited compilation album, Unearthed. Set to be released as a double disc set on May 13th containing both a mixed version, arranged by DJ Revolution of The World Famous Wake Up Show, and an Untagged Deluxe Edition, which includes three bonus cuts, Unearthed, epitomises our commitment to delivering quality Hip-Hop. The tracklist serves as a who’s who of today’s independent Hip-Hop scene, packed with features from both veteran and burgeoning emcees such as Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, … Continue reading Pharoahe Monch feat. DJ Revolution Get Down (Prod. M-Phazes)
M-Phazes will be releasing a compilation album featuring some of his all-time favourite collaborative moments from his back catalogue. This sort after collection of production mastery is aptly entitled The Works. Back in twenty-ten M-Phazes released his ARIA award winning album Good Gracious, which featured an all-star lineup of local Hip Hop artists. With the release of The Works in 2013, M-Phazes will be displaying his international connections, featuring some of Hip Hop’s most elite, and sort after vocalists over his now world famous beats. Boasting pre-released tracks from Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch feat. Jill Scott, Slaughterhouse and CL Smooth … Continue reading M-Phazes – The Works
At just sixteen years of age, Soliloquy has accomplished more than most young aspiring rappers can even dream of, let alone will ever achieve. His debut performance was in front of a sold out venue, making a guest appearance on stage with New York Hip-Hop legend Pharoahe Monch. In July of 2011, Soliloquy released his debut EP The Unveiling, receiving much acclaim from industry figures and the general public alike. He spent the following year honing his craft, working on new material and performing around Melbourne. 2012 brought yet another rebirth for Soliloquy, as he has matured lyrically and experientially. His second release … Continue reading Soliloquy – Double Sided
New Jeru rap veteran Rah Digga joins forces with Australia’s go-to producer M-Phazes for the Maxi-Single Never Back Down. Consisting of two versions, the original mix featuring Fresno’s Fashawn and Beantown’s REKS, in addition to the previously leaked remix featuring the Michigan born, Florida raised and now NYC transplant Nitty Scott, MC, Never Back Down showcases top notch lyricism and wordplay over M-Phazes fusion of glitched-out dubstep and gritty guitar riffs. This title is now available via Coalmine Records and is bundled for sale with both the main and clean edit passes of both versions, along with the instrumental and acapella … Continue reading Rah Digga (feat. Fashawn & REKS) – “Never Back Down” (prod. by M-Phazes)
International collaborations are rare enough, but rarely does the world get a chance to admire the creative output of two such overbearing characters as M-Phazes (Australia) and Emilio Rojas (US). Together they are Phaze One, a throwback to the days of hip hop group collaborations that produced a single pioneering sound; a collaborative effort that follows in the footsteps of DangerDoom, Jaylib and the masterful relationship of the Foreign Exchange. After two years of prophetically crafting their imminent self-titled release, in 2011 the stage was finally set for the two artists to throw back the curtain and reveal the fruits of … Continue reading Phaze One – Out Now
2011 heralds the release of a trailblazing new collaboration between Australia’s production extraordinaire M-Phazes and dexterous US word-slinger Emilio Rojas. Combined, the pioneering duo is Phaze One. With an indisputably fortuitous future ahead of them, Rojas and Phazes have forged their self-titled release over two years of to-ing and flowing across the Pacific. Paying homage to the likes of DangerDoom, Jaylib and the masterful relationship of the Foreign Exchange, Phaze One has found synergism fusing vintage influences with modern approach. Emilio’s toughly executed social commentary emerges through tracks like Tic Toc, The Survivalist and Still Talk, whilst a lighter approach … Continue reading Phaze One – M-Phazes & Emilio Rojas
Hip Hop Flood Relief with Pharoahe Monch and Boogie Blind, this Friday night at The Corner Hotel. It’s been a devastating week for Queenslanders, so New York and local Hip Hop artists have rallied together with Mistrust Music to raise money for the flood victims. Just recently on our shores, Pharoahe Monch is back with his mind blowing technical skills and lyrical mastery. Joining him is Boogie Blind from the legendary X-Ecutioners plus a host of Aussie talent. More acts to be announced soon! Pharoahe Monch, Boogie Blind, Promoe (Looptroop), Briggs, Tourettes & Young Lean, Mantra, Prequel, Thief & Wolfgram … Continue reading Hip Hop Flood Relief – Briggs, M-Phazes and more!
Briggs new single So Dangerous is out now on iTunes. Not only does Trials of the Funkoars contribute vocals to So Dangerous he also put together a remix exclusively for the single release. A filmclip for the single will follow in February, until then you can get So Dangerous by clicking here. From the moment Briggs dropped his self-released debut EP, the brilliant and groundbreaking Homemade Bombs (2009), it was obvious to everyone that this marked the arrival of a powerful and unique voice on the scene. His indigenous roots and his rural upbringing in the small country town of … Continue reading Briggs – So Dangerous EP feat. Trials OUT NOW!
Part Two: Trials (Funkoars) interviews Briggs about his debut album The Blacklist, out now through Golden Era Records. Since exploding onto the national scene a little over a year ago, the incomparable force that is Briggs immediately established himself as a formidable new presence in the Australian Hip Hop scene. From the moment Briggs dropped his self-released debut EP, the brilliant and groundbreaking Homemade Bombs(2009), it was obvious to everyone that this marked the arrival on the scene, of an emcee with a melodic rapid-fire approach, and a powerful and unique voice. It was this rare combination of characteristics that lead to him being embraced … Continue reading Briggs V Trials (Artist On Artist Part 2)
Dialect & Despair – The Vortex Review 6 on the St is a film project that takes an intimate look at 12 Adelaide artists in a series of six-minute documentaries. Next guest in the line-up of local talent: Dialect & Despair Dialect began rhyming at the tender age of 12, inspired by his eldest brothers collection of classic 80’s/90’s era Hip Hop. Entering his first freestyle battle at the age of 13 Dialect took it out and went on to win countless more battles making him a force to be reckoned with on the mic at an early age. Well … Continue reading 6 on the St | Episode 5 | Dialect & Despair
Briggs set to release forthcoming single & album through Golden Era Records. Since exploding onto the national scene a little over a year ago, the incomparable force that is Briggs immediately established himself as a formidable new presence in the Australian Hip Hop scene. From the moment Briggs dropped his self-released debut EP, the brilliant and groundbreaking Homemade Bombs (2009), it was obvious to everyone that this marked the arrival on the scene, of an emcee with a melodic rapid-fire approach, and a powerful and unique voice. It was this rare combination of characteristics that lead to him being embraced … Continue reading Briggs – The Blacklist (Sept. 24)
M-Phazes is the perfect example of a diamond in the rough. Born and raised in the Gold Coast of Australia and relatively isolated from Hip-Hop culture, M-Phazes has carved a strong niche for himself that has allowed his production to be heard on a global scale. Drawing inspiration from legendary producers such as Battlecat, Pete Rock and the late J-Dilla, M-Phazes has has formulated his own sound over the years that can be defined by soulful melodies coupled with loose, smacking drums. Landing his first U.S. placement in 2005 on Supastition’s “Chain Letters”, M-Phazes has been on a steady climb and … Continue reading M-Phazes – Good Gracious! New Album (Feb 26)
For the last big week of AusMusic month, rage has invited aussie hip hop kings the Hilltop Hoods to guest program with a playlist including all their favs like Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Sia, Jay-Z, Sigur Ros, Brother Ali, Jungle Brothers and great stories about first meeting their influences. The Hilltop Hoods are on rage from 10.00am Saturday morning on ABC1 (if you sleep in, never fear, you can catch the repeat on ABC2 at 5.00pm) then they are sticking around into the wee small hours with you starting from 11.25pm Saturday night on ABC1. The full program list is … Continue reading Hilltop Hoods guest Program Rage
Three of NSW premier acts are teaming up to see 2009 off with a massive night of aussie hip-hop and reggae-infused jams. On Friday December 18 @ the Oxford Art Factory, Spit Syndicate, The Tongue and Chasm & Vida Sunshyne hit the stage for what is sure to be one of the biggest nights on the local music calendar. After bursting onto the aussie hip hop scene last year with an ARIA-nominated album and two national tours, Sydney wonderkids Spit Syndicate have been relatively quiet in 2009 as they prepare their sophomore record. They are breaking their 12-month hiatus with … Continue reading Spit Syndicate, The Tongue, Chasm & Vida Concert
Here we have a little track by track run down of the fulll State Of The Art album. The run down is done by all three members of the Hilltop Hoods, Suffa, Debris and Pressure. It’s a great read and we’d like to see more groups do the same. Read on… 1. The Return SUFFA: We wanted the opener to be a punch in the face. I think we’ve achieved that. PRESSURE: Very much so. We wanted to come back heavy and aggressive and we’ve definitely done that. It’s a big slap in the face. SUFFA: It’s three years … Continue reading State Of The Art – Track By Track
Be sure to grab you free copy of Onion Mag and Rip It Up Magazine this week. As we see the Hilltop Hoods, grace both covers in a special double cover edition. We also see an interview from Nina Bertok, talking to the guys about their new album, State Of The Art, touring and working with Pharoahe Monch. On a side note the cover pic was taken by Benon Koebsch. Continue reading HILLTOP HOODS – Double Cover
Hosting their own little party at Sydney’s 301 Studios, MCs Suffa, Pressure and DJ Debris sampled select tracks from the new record to a small contingent of eager music types. “Some of our closest friends haven’t even heard this stuff yet,” a slightly awkward Suffa told the crowd with a smile. Three years in the making, State of the Art is the follow-up to the Hoods’ #1 album The Hard Road and their first in a new deal between their label Golden Era and Universal Records. They kicked off the sneak peek with album opener The Return, an angry scratch-heavy … Continue reading STATE OF THE ART – Album preview