The undisputed underground and death rap king Necro is back to brutalize Australian and New Zealand shores for the first time in six years. Having played sold out tours in 2007 and 2009 Necro embarks on his biggest run of dates yet and is set to shock fans after many thought he may be banned from playing here again! Brooklyn born and raised rapper Necro started off by playing guitar in bands until 1990. 1991 saw Necro receive recognition for his craft, when he won a demo contest on the infamous Stretch and Bobbito Radio Show in NYC. This appearance and … Continue reading Necro At The Espy!
Touring Australia & New Zealand December 2014 The return to Australasia of one of the most iconic hip-hop artists of our time, Ghostface Killah from The Wu Tang Clan will blaze up Australia and New Zealand this summer! Dennis Coles (born May 9, 1970), better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper and prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan. After the group achieved breakthrough success in the aftermath of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the members went on to pursue solo careers to varying levels of success. Ghostface Killah debuted his solo-career with Ironman in 1996, … Continue reading Ghostface Killah At The Espy
In news sure to thrill hip hop fans, hip hop heavyweight Xzibit is returning to our shores next month. Xzibit marks his return to Australia after almost three years with a whirlwind tour that sees him cover 9 venues in 2 countries in a just over a fortnight. Alongside capital cities, X will grace Broome & Port Moresby for the first time ever. Recognised as a true West Coast stalwart and ‘one of the most respected rappers in the game’ (Rolling Stone), Xzibit first came to public attention in the late ’90s with his debut album ‘At The Speed of … Continue reading Xzibit Heads To The Espy
Hailing from NZ and the Young Gifted & Broke collective which also features the likes of Home Brew and Team Dynamite, @Peace bring their brand new album to Melbourne with an exclusive show at The Espy in St.Kilda. Five dudes that can’t shave who spent the majority of science class in the dean’s office have come together to make an album about determinism, singularity and other things they don’t know how to spell. Their first EP was about monoism or some hippie shit like that, then they did a whole load of broken ass love songs about polygamy. They must … Continue reading @Peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony Live at The Espy
Ben Chijioke, better known as British rapper Ty, is taking over the Espy front bar for a killer free entry show on Thursday 13th February. With a reputation built on his original style and refusal to hop on any industry bandwagon, Ty is best known for his lyrical frankness and honest portrayals of everyday life, setting him aside from many mainstream hip hop acts and allowing him complete artistic independence. After gaining notoriety on the London underground scene Ty signed to Big Dada records in 2001, the same year his mighty debut album ‘Awkward’ was released. The union between the … Continue reading Ty Hits The Espy For Free Gig!
World renowned UK rap legend, Blak Twang, will hit The Espy on Friday 14th February for a free entry show! Twang is synonymous with the British hip hop scene and has earned international recognition, including the MOBO award, a nomination in the USA’s prestigious Source magazine awards for ‘Best International Hip Hop Act’ and a nomination for Best British Hip Hop Artist in BET’s Awards. His formative years were spent playing football and listening to the “golden age” rap sounds. He started to seriously consider pursuing his rhyming abilities when he heard the London Posse’s epochal single ‘Money Mad’, and discovered … Continue reading Blak Twang To Play At The Espy
Since his groundbreaking debut as Black Star with Mos Def in 1998, Talib Kweli has kept coming up with the gold. Now, ten albums deep and with another release on its way, Kweli continues to forge a unique career as a respected underground star with appeal in the mainstream. The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in hip hop history. Kweli’s dynamic ‘Prisoner Of Conscious’ AKA ‘P.O.C.’, released in May 2013 signaled the start of the next chapter of Kweli’s remarkable career. The album was a three-year journey … Continue reading Talib Kweli Returns To The Espy
One of the hip-hop scene’s earliest pioneers & best-loved artists, DJ Jazzy Jeff is commercially best known for his chart-topping collaborations with Will Smith – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. The duo shot to worldwide acclaim through multi-platinum hits such as ‘Summertime’, ‘Boom! Shake The Room’ & ‘Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble’. In 1988, the duo gained the honour of being awarded the first ever Grammy for a hip hop/rap song (for Parents Just Don’t Understand). Worldwide TV acclaim soon followed courtesy of seminal US Sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’– with Will Smith playing the lead and … Continue reading DJ Jazzy Jeff & MC Skillz to play at The Espy
The Espy is pleased to announce that it is once again opening its doors up to a night of all local hip hop. Raise The Roof IV picks up from where 3 left off, a colossal lineup showcasing the finest in established and emerging local hip hop. The first 3 instalments of Raise The Roof were a raging success, volume 4 is shaping up to be bigger then ever. Featuring Funkoars, Lowrider, Vents, Def Wish Cast, Briggs, Mase & Mattic, Purpose, Death Stars, DJ Reflux, Remi, Eloquor, Soliloquy, Mu-Gen, Prequel, Slap618 and DJ Flagrant’s Aussie Hip Hop video show. Hosted … Continue reading Raise The Roof IV
After recently supporting Ghostface Killah at the Espy, Mata & Must are set to set the stage on fire, for their highly anticipated album launch. Founding their own label Pang Productions in 2003, and celebrating their tenth release, this duo has a lot to be proud of. Mata & Must (along with DJ Bogues) launch their long-awaited CD Paradox Of Minds, Friday July 31 at Revolver Upstairs. The guys bring a huge supporting line-up including Raven, Geko, Fluent Form, Discourse, Maggot Mouf & Dekoda, No Name Nathan and Paypercutts. Their debut album Paradox Of Minds was completely self-produced and is out now … Continue reading MATA & MUST – Paradox Of Minds