Pez – The Game

Pez is not like other hip-hop artists. With his laid-back nature and ever-present smile, the Melburnian instantly distinguishes himself from others of the genre with his lack of pretence and genuine demeanour. But once his music – rich with soul-searching honesty, gritty melody and traditional hip-hop ethics – is heard, the distinction is even clearer. Pez rose from obscurity late in 2008 with his debut single The Festival Song. This ode to the Aussie summer music festival was ubiquitous across Australian radio all summer, achieving constant rotation on triple j and Nova and charting prominently on the Austereo Hot 30 … Continue reading Pez – The Game

Syntax – The Musical (August 23)

Who is Syntax? The name might not immediately ring a bell, but if you’ve been familiar with Australia’s burgeoning hip-hop-scene long enough, you’ve more than likely had subconscious exposure to the Gold Coast veteran’s not inconsiderable talents. With an apprenticeship served as one third of Queensland mainstays Trace Elements – the crew that birthed this country’s most preeminent hip-hop producer, M-Phazes – and time spent on the road with such luminaries as Bliss N Eso, Phrase and US emcee Supastition, there’s no doubt that Syntax has put paid to that old hip-hop notion of “paying dues”. What’s most surprising about … Continue reading Syntax – The Musical (August 23)