Interview: Kings Konekted – Class, Corruption & The Campaign

Kings Konekted garnered a cult following among fans and hip hop luminaries alike with their 2009 pre-album release Trails to the Underlair. Looming at the edge of the underworld’s shadow, Kings Konekted are now passing off copies of their debut EP The Campaign under a jacketed arm: six tracks of street corner discussions and heavyweight production by Stricknine, Prowla and Trem. aahh: The Campaign is a relentless 6 track appetiser to the highly anticipated full length album Corrupted Citizens, due later in the year. Did you think it was important to get some new music in to the hands of the … Continue reading Interview: Kings Konekted – Class, Corruption & The Campaign

Kings Konekted – The Campaign

Looming at the edge of the underworld’s shadow, Kings Konekted pass off copies of their debut EP The Campaign under a jacketed arm: six tracks of street corner discussions and heavyweight production by Stricknine (Thirstin Howl, Tim Dog, KRS One), Prowla  and Trem. These are tales of treachery, trust and hidden malefactions conducted in broad daylight. Partners in crime from an early age, Indigenous Australian/Italian Dontez and Serbian/Australian Culprit forged their bond through exposure to the self-perpetuating cycle of violence and crime devouring the western suburbs of Brisbane. Bearing witness to a crumbling community, Kings Konekted illuminate the visceral, ugly … Continue reading Kings Konekted – The Campaign

Johnny Idem & Ron Rugged

Johnny “Idem” Crates & Ron “Madhat” Rugged originally 2/3 of the 1990 Melbourne Hip-Hop crew Positive Direction. Idem was about to release an album with Trem in 1995 but was never completed but produced 3 tracks on Prowla’s first tape in 1994 and produced Raise’s album – The Essence in 1996 for Nuff Said Records.  Also releasing 10 breaks samples LP’s out on vinyl which went worldwide. In 1992 Ron made a link with Shan Frenzie for a multitude of live shows and tracks. The two later joined with Melbourne’s own Code of Ethics (MC Pluto and his producer Blackout), to create … Continue reading Johnny Idem & Ron Rugged

Xidus Pain (UK) & Johnny Crates (AUS) – Crates of Pain LP

Crates Of Pain is a raw uncut hip hop album entirely produced by Melbourne’s Johnny Crates, starring the premium writing abilities of Xidus Painfrom the UK. Featuring guest spots from songstress Renee Soul on Know The Way and cuts by Peterborough DJ, beatboxer and producer Shure Fya, who blesses the album with some prime cuts on Pen Play, Play Pen as well as Game Genie. The track Game Genie is a packed with countless double entendres and metaphors over smooth hypnotic beats. The concept of the track is based around the old school game Genie Converters for Sega Mega (Genesis). … Continue reading Xidus Pain (UK) & Johnny Crates (AUS) – Crates of Pain LP

Trem – For The Term Of His Natural Life (Official Listening Party)

In a time capsule unearthed in an overgrown train yard on the outskirts of Melbourne, archaeologists discover a dirt encrusted artefact, a codex of the art and science of hip hop based on a blueprint etched in concrete during a period of innovation. It bears the marks of the late 1980s and early 90s when the elemental standards were laid down by a small elite. The artefact in question is For The Term of His Natural Life, the debut solo LP from Australia’s finest lyrical craftsman, Trem One. To say début is misleading, though. With a small but revered discography including two sought after vinyl EPs and his … Continue reading Trem – For The Term Of His Natural Life (Official Listening Party)

Trem – For The Term Of His Natural Life

In a time capsule unearthed in an overgrown train yard on the outskirts of Melbourne, archaeologists discover a dirt encrusted artifact, a codex of the art and science of hip hop based on a blueprint etched in concrete during a period of innovation. It bears the marks of the late 1980s and early 90s when the elemental standards were laid down by a small elite. The artifact in question is For The Term of His Natural Life, the debut solo LP from Australia’s finest lyrical craftsman, Trem One. To say debut is misleading, though. With a small but revered discography including … Continue reading Trem – For The Term Of His Natural Life

allaussie hip hop spotlight on: Motion

Motion’s involvement in hip-hop began when he hit the scene as a B-boy in 2000. Once realising his skills in freestyling and lyricism, he entered the battle circuit and won virtually every battle held in Adelaide over a 2 year period, winning SA’s MC Battle For Supremacy and ending up as a runner up nationally in 2005. Motion is a part of Adelaide favourites Adroit Effusive, an 8 man crew that has been active since the early 2000s. He released a demo with fellow Adroit member Bornski called Introducing in 2003, and Adroit soon followed up by releasing the 2 … Continue reading allaussie hip hop spotlight on: Motion

Trem – Omega Man Video

Trem from Lyrical Commission has just dropped his new single from his forthcoming For The Term Of His Natural Life. Trem released the underground classic Sheer Talent EP in 1998 but put out no more solo efforts since, making this new album Trem’s debut LP. “We from a lost land, where the clock’s hands is stopped, before the rot set in, before they shot Scott La Rock, before the shops stocked rap in a section called urban, and every third person’s thinking they’re word surgeons.” If one man in Australia embodies the mantra of quality over quantity, it’s Melbourne emcee … Continue reading Trem – Omega Man Video

Trem One – Omega Man [Single artwork]

Born and raised in inner west Sydney till the age of 13 before re-locating south to the boon-docks of G-Town, an hour south west of Melbourne, Trem, like most in his age bracket and on this part of the planet, gained his first look at hip hop through movies such as Beat Street and books like Subway Art in the early eighties. Instantly falling in love with the phenomenon he dabbled in floor moves before turning his hand to graff. As a member of the Australian leg of a worldwide graffiti crew Run For Kover (originating in the U.K), Trem … Continue reading Trem One – Omega Man [Single artwork]

Kings Konekted – Trails to the Underlair: The Prequel

I have to say we have slept a bit on this release.  So to make up for it were giving you a bit of a post from the guys myspace page. There has been a great response from everyone who has peeped this album and for a mixtape release, we think it’s a huge effort. The buzz on ozhiphop.com has been huge and some big head including 360 think these guys are ‘fucking good’. If your well familar with Kings Konekted you can catch the guys in Fortitude Valley, Queensland, at the Junilee Hotel October 24th. Prue Product, Vapor Ink … Continue reading Kings Konekted – Trails to the Underlair: The Prequel

D. E. L. T. A. – The Second Story

The Second Story, Delta tells with help from old friends and new: Mark B, Mojo, The Dap-Kings, Psycho Les, Milano, Prowla and M-Phazes and more. The art apparent on The Lostralian is elevated and polished to perfection. The record excels: darker and more insightful, but at the same time more playful, with verses that have the listener reaching for rewind. In addition, it boasts a production aesthetic that evokes, but never attempts to emulate, the records that originally made hip hop such a powerful force in popular culture. It’s a sound unheard from the southern hemisphere. With The Second Story … Continue reading D. E. L. T. A. – The Second Story