Koolta’s new album Revolutions Per Minute will be independently released 25 March 2015. Koolta continues his DIY ethic handling all production, writing, recording and mixing on the new album. Koolta hails from Adelaide, South Australia. He has been awarded numerous accolades including 2015 Clipsal 500 Bands On Track Winner, 2012 JJJ Unearthed Parklife Winner and 2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative Winner. Koolta has self-produced his entire back catalogue as well as producing for the likes of Allday. He has supported some of the biggest hip hop artists in the country including the Hilltop Hoods, Mantra and Urthboy. Sonically, Koolta’s production on RPM varies greatly from song to song. From the … Continue reading Less Waiting/More Action Revolutions Per Minute
Hilltop Hoods and APRA AMCOS are teaming up once again to give one emerging Australian hip hop/soul artist or group $10,000. The initiative will help fund the costs associated with the manufacture, marketing and release of an album, legal advice from Media Arts Lawyers and a Zoo York prize pack will also be included. The initiative is open to artists around Australia who haven’t previously released an album professionally and who are members of APRA AMCOS. It will be judged by a panel of influential Australian hip hop figures and artists including Hau, Nish, Ran-Dee, Raph and Tommy Illfigga, one … Continue reading Hilltop Hoods $10,000 grant for emerging artists launches!
The ever talented Tommy Illfigga is back with a brand new track dubbed Yellow Bricks. The track was recorded awhile back but is only now seeing the light of day, we’re all very thankful! Yellow Bricks is a head nodding classic, with smooth soulful production provided by beat king Cam Bluff. Cam combines his signature drums and passion for samples, to form a perfect foundation for Tommy Ill to get let loose on. The track is available now as a free download. Be quick, we’re not sure how long it will be available for. Facebook || Twitter || Download Continue reading Tommy Illfigga Yellow Bricks Free Download
I AM D AKA Tom Daley is an artist in the truest sense, a man that is unwaveringly dedicated to his craft. The Daley Grind is a journey. The landscape is as diverse as the list of producers that created it, and the story is narrated vividly with D’s impressive lyricism. From the classic boom-bap feel of Mid Mid Life to the ambient/new wave vibe of U-God and the trap sounds of Fools And Kings, I AM D matches the world class production with a flow that is both comfortable and succinct. His talents on the mic haven’t gone unnoticed, … Continue reading I AM D – The Daley Grind EP
As the new year slowly kicks in, it is time once again for VC Clothing and Clockwork Records to bring you another instalment of the Fun Not Fame Mixtape – the 3rd volume to be precise! After the first 2 installments of the series heavily featured VC and Clockwork affiliated artists, they are now sharing the love and opening the 3rd volume up to the public to submit their own tracks, with 5 winners to be chosen to feature on the mixtape, along with some of the dopest MC’s from around Australia. Past releases have already featured heavyweights in the scene … Continue reading Fun Not Fame Mixtape Vol. 3
Melbourne born and bred and raised on a diet of traditional hip hop both local and abroad, Force has been steadily building as an artist since his 2009 debut album Clouded, which featured Maundz, Hunter (RIP), A-Diction and more. From there it was evident that a respect for the art form reigned true. It’s now 2013 and whilst nothing has changed in the respect for the pioneers, the sound Force is bringing certainly has. After forming Down For The Count Records and releasing a slew of crew products, Force has now teamed up with Jackie Onassis producer Zarkov (Raph) to … Continue reading Force – Force [Produced by Zarkov]
Brisbane’s Clockwork Records & Velvet Couch Clothing are proud to release the Fun Not Fame Mixtape Vol 2 featuring a massive lineup of local and international artists. The mixtape is released nationally via free download from VC Clothing. The huge lineup consists of local artists such as Tommy Illfigga, Dwizofoz, Rainman, Kel Timmons & Yuni Huzami, Fundamental Elements, Kryptamistik, Def Man Walking, Dunn D & many more, as well as US underground heavyweight Diabolic. VC Clothing || Clockwork Records || CR Twitter Continue reading Fun Not Fame Mixtape Vol. 2
Melbourne born and bred and raised on a diet of traditional hip hop both local and abroad, Force has been steadily building as an artist since his 2009 debut album Clouded, which featured Maundz, Hunter (RIP), A-diction and more. From there it was evident that arespect for the art form reigned true.
It’s now 2013 and whilst nothing has changed in the respect for the pioneers, the sound
Force is bringing certainly has. After forming Down For The Count Records and releasing a slew of crew products, Force has now teamed up with Jackie Onassis producer Zarkov (Raph) to release … Continue reading Music News: Force [Prod. Zarkov]
Enter Enough Rope. Two heads sharing their story and intrinsic thoughts through hip hop music. ER is made up of Skwid Roc, a b-boy who grew up breaking with the likes of Tommy Illfigga and the Skill at Will crew, aswell as Thomacide Daley, a skateboarder first and foremost drawn to hip hop, recognizable through his style of skateboarding and everyday life. This brand new duo from Brisbane met in 2009, developing a friendship which would turn rapship in 2011 where they began making their first recordings. Fast forward to Late 2012, the duo have released their debut self titled … Continue reading Enough Rope – Enough Rope Mixtape
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Realizm is an obscure lyricist and producer from Adelaide, Australia. After his debut verse on the original critically acclaimed Battlehoggs Official Mixtape Volume 1, Realizm has been steady on both the live circuit and in the studio. Performing alongside long time collaborator K21, he has shared the stage with acts such as Jedi Mind Tricks, Celph Titled, Ill Bill (Non Phixion), Evidence (Dilated Peoples), Brad Strut, Funkoars and more. Studio wise, the past 4 years have … Continue reading Realizm – Before You Seem Dead
Mention Rainman amongst the initiated and the respect attributed to his name is palpable. Recognised nationally as one of Queensland’s finest, Rainman’s list of collaborations, support slots and guest appearances reads like a who’s who of Australian hip hop. Rainman is poised to drop his second album Bigger Pictures, in stores Friday 4 May through Obese distribution. The album sees Sammsonite (The Optimen) return for the lion’s share of the production but also features some of Australia’s finest beat – smiths including the APRA and AIR Award winning, ARIA nominated Count Bounce (TZU/Urthboy), DJ Bonez, Mangohig (Sietta), Chasm (Astronomy Class), … Continue reading Rainman – Bigger Pictures
Mention Rainman amongst the initiated and the respect attributed to his name is palatable. Recognised nationally as one of Queensland’s finest, Rainman’s list of collaborations, support slots and guest appearances reads like a who’s who of local hip hop. Rainman is poised to drop his second album Bigger Pictures, in stores Friday 4 May through Obese Distribution. The album sees Sammsonite return for the lion’s share of the production but also features some of Australia’s finest beat – smiths including the APRA and AIR Award winning, ARIA nominated Count Bounce, DJ Bonez, Mangohig (Sietta), Chasm, Cam Bluff and Calski. Guest MCs … Continue reading Rainman Announces ‘Darlin’ & National Launch Dates
Calski first started producing jams in 1998, and has since worked with the likes of Impossible Odds, Rainman, Shawn Lov, Binge Thinkers and more. It is not uncommon to find Calski rocking his MPC at b-boy jams and comps all over Brisbane, representing with Elements Collective. Set to release his debut production album entitled Love Drive Commission through Obese Distribution next month, Calski describes the album as ‘sonically diverse’ with tinges of West Coast smooth, Detroit inspired grit, and New York drums. The LP will feature spots from Dialectrix, Rainman, Tommy Illfigga, DJ Butcher, Rinse and DJ 2Buck among others. Love Drive … Continue reading Calski – Love Drive Commission
Hailing from Adelaide, Australia, One Above (Andrew Burford, 24) is one of the finest upcoming hip hop producers in the country. His highly accessible, melody driven style fuses a unique blend of sampling and original composition with orchestral and grass roots elements. As both a song writer and beat maker, his ability to cross musical genres has garnered him interest from many in-demand artists. Currently working on the highly anticipated Hilltop Hoods album Drinking From The Sun, and producer of the first single I Love It feat. Sia, 2012 will see him brought to the attention of listeners nation wide. … Continue reading aahh spotlight on: One Above
From Brisbane’s urban jungle comes Tommy Illfigga with a sure-fire ripper of an album entitled Walk a Mile. Tommy Illfigga is a pure-blood hip hop native. Since ‘99 the wily emcee has been skulking the scene in many capacities, earning many accolades to his names (plural), together Tommy Illfigga and his alter ego Tom Thumb are taking the world by storm. Tommy’s aptitude is apparent not only through his exceptional word-harnessing abilities, but also in his proficiency as a respected producer, B-boy, graff writer and Beat Boxer. His first release The Unfiltered EP hit shelves in 2007, stirring the scene with … Continue reading Tommy Illfigga – Walk a Mile (August 12)
This is the first of many mixtape joints over jacked beats that Tommy Illfigga is releasing in the lead up to his debut album release in mid August.Tommy’s album Walk a Mile is dropping August 15th – Let your mothers know about this heat! Lyrics I spit in cyphers and I’m known to rock My rap songs are so smoking hot they could catch on to frozen blocks n liquid nitrogen The flow I drop is that strong you listen twice n its like a Tyson hit ya Slippin vicoden n dozing off I’m Wind atop a cliff if ya … Continue reading New Joint By Tommy Illfigga
aahh: The history between Vegas Aces goes way back to the days when Cam was working with Publik Relationz and you (4th) were apart of Pure Product, are we right? 4th: Yeah, I started sourcing beats for the Pure Product album and got put in touch with Cam through Mr Hill and Seven (Publik Relationz) and was just blown away at his beats, even back then. At the time I think he was just 18 and had only just started making beats, so I knew he was going to be someone to watch out for. aahh: Fast forward to 2011. We … Continue reading Vegas Aces – Interview: Gambling, Gear & Generics
DJ Butcher (born Alexander Steffan – 31/10/1987) is a long-time producer hailing from Beenleigh in Queensland Australia. Starting his hip hop career in 2000 in his parents garage freestyling with the likes of Toddy Montana and Truths he quickly equipped himself with a set of turntables, a computer and a stack of records.Through the early years, DJ Butcher had a knack for chopping breaks and samples from dusty records and inserting them into his own beats, giving him the nickname “The Butcher”. As time flew by the name stuck and now as a respected deejay he has honed the name … Continue reading Turntable Tag: DJ Butcher
This is the official film clip for This Is, the lead single off Prophet Rayza’s (QLD) debut EP Six Books. Released November 12th 2010 on Born Fresh Records and distributed nationally by MGM. For ten years now Prophet Rayza has been a stronghold in the Australian Hip Hop scene perfecting his talents across the four elements of Hip Hop as an emcee, breakdancer, graffiti artist and beatboxer.His passion for the art form stems from his first train trip from Brisbane to Melbourne at five years of age, when he first saw graffiti and told his mother when he grew up … Continue reading Prophet Rayza: “This Is” film clip [6 Books EP]
In anticipation for the debut Vegas Aces release V.A.ALL.DAY (Feb 4th) your good friends in VA and Born Fresh have decided to host a sexy little competition. Cam Bluff is fast becoming a new go-to-guy for production (Spit Syndicate, The Tongue, The Optimen, Pure Product, Raven etc) and we want you to put him to the test. Basically we want you to submit a sample/sound for Cam to flip and make an exclusive beat out of. The sample can be anything – an old or new song of whatever genre, ad music, movie score, a beatboxing parrot, whatever you think would … Continue reading The Super-Sample-Flip-Comp – Vegas Aces
One of the hardest workers in the business has just posted a his latest releases The Greenhouse up for FREE! K21, South Australian emcee and mic destoryer has decided to end the year with a gift for all you hip hop heads. To get the Greenhouse for free all you have to do is read on below. Look out for K21 in 2011. It’s bound to be a big year for him. Check the message from K21 below: What’s The Feel?! I’m hoping everyone has enjoyed their Xmas celebrations and are looking forward to the New Year and the festivities! … Continue reading What’s The Feel?! K21 – Greenhouse [Available Free]
Following the enormous success of The Spits and Pieces Mixtape (moving ALL 5,000 units within two months of its release, and over 650 downloads to date) Prophet Rayza returns with his latest offering 6 Books on Born Fresh Records. Comprising of 6 original tracks composed by 6 different producers, 6 Books is themed around 6 being a perfect number mathematically, hence the writing of 6 Books depicting the ways of the world as seen through the eyes and pen of a Prophet. The first single This Is, produced by Cam Bluff is your classic boom-bap drum driven hip hop anthem … Continue reading Prophet Rayza – 6 Books (Nov 12th)
After dropping DJ Skae’s Guestlist about a year ago, DJ Skae is back with another killer compilation album, DJ Skae’s A-List. This time Skae has chosen artists from around the country to submit songs for this compilation and Australia’s finest hip hop artists have delivered some heat. With artists from each state, Fluent Form (VIC), Draz (TAS) , D’Opus & Ro’Shambo (ACT), Torcha & B-Don (NSW), Tommy Illfigga (QLD), Chase (SA) and Hunter (WA) to name a few, this compilation album showcases the hottest hip hop from around the country. This album also features international collaborations with the likes of … Continue reading DJ Skae’s – A-List [Coming Soon]
This month the Judy Breaks Competition teams up with Brisbane’s Hip Hop labels Born Fresh Records and Red Tape Entertainment to bring together a collective of Queensland bred emcees, turtablists, beat boxers, DJ and beat makers. Taking place during Valley Fiesta, this FREE event includes some of Brissie’s best. Performing on the night will be: The Optiment Eloquence and Truths Prue Product Seven Vegas Aces Prophet Rayza Hosted by The Crate Creeps. Set Times: 4:00 Prophet Rayza 4:30 Seven 5:00 Vegas Aces 5:30 Eloquence and Truths 6:00 Tommy Illfigga/Crate Creeps 6:30 Pure Product 7:00 The Optimen In celebration of this … Continue reading Massive ‘Born Renegades’ Show + Free Mixtape DL
The Album is quite a party, your hosts the Adroit Effusive crew. The South Australian massive are set to launch their LP The Album, after years of waiting from eager fans at HQ September 10. Adroit Effusive have been around for years now and many in the scene will recognise the names of one of Adelaide’s hip hop legacies. AE consist of Beats, Conseps, Patti, Blockade, Ad-Fu, Motion, Bornski and Dev…did we miss anyone? The Album is a massive body of work from the past 6 years, so the variety offered here is as vast as central Australia. Ranging from … Continue reading Adroit Effusive – The Album (Review)
This is the first clip taken from the Crate Creeps debut album – It’s About That Time. The track titled Where Do I Begin features Tommy Ill on the mic. Have you been waiting for that real head nod hip hop and banging beats paired with some of the highest calibre emcees Australia has to offer? Well then wait no longer because It’s About That Time! Born Fresh Records presents the debut album from Brisbane’s own production duo the Crate Creeps (DJ Butcher and Tommy Illfigga.) Featuring a stellar line-up and hard-hitting beats It’s About That Time is guaranteed to … Continue reading Crate Creeps – Where Do I Begin feat. Tommy Illfigga
Crate Creeps – Its About That Time out through Born Fresh Records July 9th featuring: Suffa MC (Hilltop Hoods), Trials (The Funkoars), Pure Product, Mantra, Tommy Illfigga, DJ Adfu, Rhyme Asylum (UK), Mata n Must, The Optimen, Kings Koneted, Rezadent, Verbal Kent (Chicago), Terntable Jediz, Thundamentals, Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples), Robby Balboa & Haunts (Choose Mics), Clinic & Proclaim (The Archetypes), Pie Emc3e, Adverse, Ill-legitamate Crew (Canada), Yuin Huzami (The Coalition Crew) & Rainman. BAM! Continue reading Crate Creeps – Its About That Time Sampler – July 9th
All tracks mixed by Crate Creeps at The Bloody Abbetoir All vocals recorded at The Bloody Abbetoir unless stated All cuts by DJ Butcher unless stated Mastered by Ricardo Guiterrez at the Grandmasters NYC Distributed By MGM Track Listing: 1. Introduction Ft. Suffa MC (Hilltop Hoods) Produced by Crate Creeps Vocals recorded by Suffa 2. Time Trials Ft. Trials (The Funkoars) Produced by Dj Butcher Vocals mixed and recorded by Dj Adfu at Sniper Spot Studios 3. Walk On By Ft. Pure Product Written by Fourth Degree, Marvel and Tendancee Produced by Tommy Illfigga Bass by Max Voltage 4. Jeans … Continue reading The Crate Creeps – Its About That Time – July 9th 2010 Release – Guestlist finally announced!
A vision manifested is the most apt way to describe Born Fresh Records. Spawned by the need for a label which supplies management and promotion of quality music within the Australian Hip Hop scene Born Fresh came into being. The label itself was the brainchild of four like-minded established artists who recognised the need for a vessel that could carry and cater to the volume of rising artists within Australia’s flourishing Hip Hop scene. Recently organising MGM distribution for all Born Fresh release’s and booking in several Australia wide tours, expect to hear big things from all Born Fresh artists … Continue reading allaussie hip hop’s spotlight on: Born Fresh Records (Part 1)
Dwizofoz has indeed been building quite a name for himself starting way back in 2003 when he first met Ghosty and started working on tracks with him. In 2004 the duo created the group Ozalians and almost immediately began performing on stages all around Brisbane. After nearly 5 years of performing and having supported and worked with such artists as Muph n Plutonic, Hyjak n Torcha, Bias B, Optimen and Tommy Illfigga, Justice n Kaos (to name a few), Ozalians decided to part ways to work on different projects. The end of 2007 saw Dwizofoz begin to really focus on his music as a solo … Continue reading Dwizofoz – Baked Not Fried EP