The Lesson w/ DJ Sanchez – The Source http://thesource.com Latest in Hip Hop, Entertainment, Sports and Film Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 YG Takes ‘Stay Dangerous Tour’ To Australia and New Zealand http://thesource.com/2018/08/14/yg-takes-stay-dangerous-tour-to-australia-and-new-zealand/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/14/yg-takes-stay-dangerous-tour-to-australia-and-new-zealand/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:05:09 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=459410 Compton-based award-winning rapper YG has recently announced that he will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for his second solo tour following the release of his successful third album Stay Dangerous on 4 Hunnid Records x CTE World x Def Jam Recordings earlier this month. YG is set to tour again through all major cities in Australia […]

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Compton-based award-winning rapper YG has recently announced that he will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for his second solo tour following the release of his successful third album Stay Dangerous on 4 Hunnid Records x CTE World x Def Jam Recordings earlier this month. YG is set to tour again through all major cities in Australia on the East Coast playing solo headline shows, a major festival as well as stopping off to hit Auckland in New Zealand. YG has proved hugely popular down under, with three singles and all three albums charting in Australia making it his strongest international market bar neighboring Canada.

His new 15-track album features the likes of long-time collaborator DJ Mustard, YoungBoy NBA, Quavo of the Migos, Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky plus more and debuted at #5 on the US Billboard 200 charts. Stay Dangerous is also his first release to crack the Top 20 in Australia at #15 and currently sits at #21 in New Zealand too.

Melbourne
Friday 16 November, Festival Hall

Auckland
Wednesday 21 November, Logan Campbell Centre

Sydney
Friday 23 November, Hordern Pavilion

Brisbane
Sunday 25 November, Eatons Hill Hotel

After working with the likes of Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle, Big K.R.I.T., Kurupt, Young Jeezy, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik and E-40, Stay Dangerous solidifies YG in his place in hip-hop currently as one of the leading forces from the West Coast going international.

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King Of The Dot Reaches Ten Years in the Battle Rap Community http://thesource.com/2018/08/13/king-of-the-dot-reaches-ten-years-in-the-battle-rap-community/ http://thesource.com/2018/08/13/king-of-the-dot-reaches-ten-years-in-the-battle-rap-community/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:25:05 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=459030 Canada’s premiere battle rap platform, King Of The Dot Entertainment or simply KOTD, celebrates its 10th birthday this week since its first event on 8/8/2008 in Toronto when it was founded by host Organik and RyanPVP. Developing in a grassroots manner like most other major battle rap platforms, KOTD started out physically in the streets […]

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Canada’s premiere battle rap platform, King Of The Dot Entertainment or simply KOTD, celebrates its 10th birthday this week since its first event on 8/8/2008 in Toronto when it was founded by host Organik and RyanPVP. Developing in a grassroots manner like most other major battle rap platforms, KOTD started out physically in the streets and has developed to now being staged in large venues across Toronto, California, Calgary, Arizona, Vancouver, Michigan and more. Globally second only to the influential and groundbreaking SMACK / URLTV battle rap platform, KOTD has been particularly influential in the continued proliferation of battle rap internationally through its World Domination events as well as recent forays into the UK with Chalked Out. It has attracted the leading battlers from across North America, England, South Africa, The Philippines, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Scotland.

KOTD has hosted major battles with industry superstars Canibus, Madchild, 360, Conceited and Cassidy, is heavily co-signed by Drake and has seen many of the best from America and beyond head north to take on Canada’s best. Stars born out of KOTD include Charron (Wild ‘N’ Out, BET), Pat Stay, Bender (RIP) as well as many more who developed from the WRC / Grind Time era. Co-hosted battles include from the likes of The Alchemist, Drake, DJ Skee, Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man, MC Hammer, Too $hort, E-40, Sticky Fingaz of Onyx, Maestro Fresh Wes. These have helped contribute to KOTD amassing an impressive 1000+ battles with 708k subscribers and 202 million views on YouTube since 17 August 2018, only behind URL with 841k subscribers and 401 million views since 26 Oct 2009 in English.

KOTD has the highest viewed battle in English language, with LA’s Dizaster vs. Russia’s Oxxxymiron already at 11.8 million views – a figure only surpassed by Filipino and Russian language battles. Led by Organik, Gully TK, Bishop Brigante and Avi Rex, KOTD has pushed both battle rap and hip-hop measurably. Here’s hoping to another decade of battle on KOTD – hopefully captured expertly by Avocado.

Stay tuned for our of Top 10 KOTD battles of the first decade coming soon.

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Rare Breed Entertainment Presents ‘Stacked Rare Breeds’ http://thesource.com/2018/07/29/rare-breed-entertainment-presents-stacked-rare-breeds/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/29/rare-breed-entertainment-presents-stacked-rare-breeds/#respond Mon, 30 Jul 2018 03:23:12 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=455717 Rare Breed Entertainment presents the stacked Rare Breeds card on Saturday 18th August from 1pm at Club Drom (85 Avenue, Manhattan NYC). The stacked bill includes the much-anticipated return to battle rap for Murda Mook. Full card is; Murda Mook vs. Aye Verb King Los vs. Head Ice (changed from Daylyt ) Iron Solomon vs. […]

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Rare Breed Entertainment presents the stacked Rare Breeds card on Saturday 18th August from 1pm at Club Drom (85 Avenue, Manhattan NYC). The stacked bill includes the much-anticipated return to battle rap for Murda Mook. Full card is;

Murda Mook vs. Aye Verb

King Los vs. Head Ice (changed from Daylyt )

Iron Solomon vs. Bigg K

Pat Stay vs. Danny Myers

Ill Will vs. Big T

Swave Sevah vs. B Dot

Spanish Harlem vs. Top Ten (ISK)

Live pay per view at www.rearebreedent.com 

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The Art Of The Production Album http://thesource.com/2018/07/29/the-art-of-the-production-album/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/29/the-art-of-the-production-album/#respond Mon, 30 Jul 2018 02:23:02 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=455715 The Nas classic Illmatic showed how you can hand pick an all-star line up of producers to craft a soundscape that can perfectly fit the picture that the lyricist is trying to make. But what happens when a producer tries to do the same and assemble a line up of different rappers to make their […]

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The Nas classic Illmatic showed how you can hand pick an all-star line up of producers to craft a soundscape that can perfectly fit the picture that the lyricist is trying to make. But what happens when a producer tries to do the same and assemble a line up of different rappers to make their point over his beats and then try to shape that into an album? Hit or miss is usually the general consensus and for whatever reason, it’s tough for a producer to make the same kind of noise whilst essentially playing the same game. A lot of the time they fail when it comes to consistency and employing rappers based on name value rather than what they can contribute to the vision. Here are five of the top albums that follow this mold:

The Alchemist1st Infantry: The 2004 solo debut by The Alchemist had a guest list that both underground and more mainstream fans would salivate over. While the hip-hop world was certainly no stranger to the man that had laced beats for Defari, Terror Squad, Pharoahe Monch, Capone-N-Noreaga, Dilated Peoples, Mobb Deep, Nas and Ghostface Killah among others before dropped his first attempt at a solo album. 1st Infantry boasted more of the same gritty street level, good quality hip-hop music from his usual collaborators. The chemistry between ALC and the MC’s chosen for the record was so organic and natural that the record really did feel like a collaborative album with everyone on the same page, rather than a handful of songs that happen to all have the same beat maker.

Statik SelektahExtended Play: While this wasn’t his first crack at making a production album it is definitely a fan favorite. Dropping 12 years after he first hit the scene with fellow Boston native Reks the thing that sets this record apart from a lot of other production albums is the fact that it merges several eras seamlessly with collaborations like the Raekwon, Joey Bada$$ and Black Thought laced “Birds Eye View” and Smiff N Wessun teaming up with Flatbush Zombies on “Camouflage Dons”. A near perfect ode to the soulful and hard-hitting essence of East Coast Hip-hop.

Pete RockSoul Survivor: The soul brother Pete Rock dropped his first solo effort in 1998, 4 years after The Main Ingredient with C.L. Smooth to quench our thirst for the laid back minimalistic jazzy hip-hop that was seemingly lacking in the late 90’s. Whilst sprinkling his own vocals on a handful of songs, an all-star consisting of Kurupt, Kool G Rap, Big Pun, Prodigy, Tragedy and several Wu-Tang Clan members also joined him throughout the release to make sure things stayed fresh but consistent.

Jake OneWhite Van Music: While Jake One wasn’t a household name, he had contributed to albums from the likes of 50 Cent, Evidence, De La Soul, G Unit, and Mix Master Mike before the release of his 2008 production album White Van Music. The Rhymesayers release was a brilliant blend of backpacker purist favorites like Slug of Atmosphere, Little Brother and two separate MF DOOM tracks and the hardcore styling of artists like M.O.P., Freeway, and Busta Rhymes. Since then he has continued to walk that same tightrope having provided audio backdrops for J. Cole, Drake and The Weeknd.

DJ SkizzHigh Powered: Although he’s been around for over a decade DJ Skizz’s name has really come to light as the producer behind the mysterious Your Old Droog whom you may remember from the Nas alter ego rumors that were circling around his self-titled debut (which is quite the flattering comparison). This year he dropped a short production album of just 7 tracks, which seems to be the thing to do at this point in time. While people will check this out due to the Westside Gunn, Conway and Freeway track ‘Dead Wrong’ and the hard body title track that features Vinnie Paz, Lil Fame and Jakk Frost there are certainly hidden gems from YL and Starker, DITC’s Milano and Nems, Willie Da Kid, Planet Asia and Crimeapple and the ever respected Detroit veteran Ty Farris. This is certainly worth checking out for those interested in a little something old and a little something new. It is certainly proven that chemistry and artistic vision is far more important than name recognition when it comes to crafting the perfect compilation album.

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What’s Beef? How Far Is Too Far When It Comes to Hip-Hop http://thesource.com/2018/07/23/hip-hop-beefs-debate/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/23/hip-hop-beefs-debate/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:55:41 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=452580 Pusha T sent the Hip-Hop world into a frenzy when he proved he was playing cerebral chess by dropping “The Story Of Adidon” — good luck Google searching that and not getting a picture of Drake in Blackface! —  acting as a reply to Drake’s cheeky “Duppy Freestyle.” It wasn’t without its critics, though. For […]

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Pusha T sent the Hip-Hop world into a frenzy when he proved he was playing cerebral chess by dropping “The Story Of Adidon” — good luck Google searching that and not getting a picture of Drake in Blackface! —  acting as a reply to Drake’s cheeky “Duppy Freestyle.” It wasn’t without its critics, though. For those of us that were around when 2Pac dropped “Hit Em Up,” or sat back and watched the Jay-Z vs. Nas saga unfold, King Push probably didn’t appear to say anything too savage. A lot has changed in regards to what is and isn’t acceptable verbal conduct in society since the late ’90s and early ’00s, and some people are criticizing Pusha for crossing the line with some of his angles.

Over the three-minute track that utilizes Jay-Z’s “The Story of OJ” instrumental, Pusha touches on ex-label royalties, identity confusion, Drake’s un-wed mother, a child and baby mother that had been hidden from the public spotlight and, lastly, an eerie reminder to Drake’s friend and producer 40 that his terminal illness exists.

The sport of battle rap has always been a part of Hip-Hop culture and more often than not it is two MCs going bar-for-bar in terms of skills, flexing their best braggadocio styles at each other. In the worst case scenario, we get the tension built to the point that two opposing coasts from an entire country picked sides that ultimately ended the lives of two of the greatest artists all time, ending far prematurely.

There have been a handful of cases that well-known rappers have gone “no holds barred” on wax, as was the case in 1991 when Ice Cube broke down some record label back-end economics for Dr. Dre and NWA on “No Vaseline,” and the same year Tim Dog dropped “Fuck Compton” putting the spotlight on Dr. Dre’s domestic violence rumors. In 1996, Mobb Deep released Hell On Earth with the scathing “Drop A Gem On ‘Em” that featured lyrics alluding to 2Pac being sexually assaulted in prison, and no words need be typed about the reply track, “Hit Em Up,” that has quite possibly the most abrasive introduction and outro of all time. During his 2001 war of words with Nas, Jay-Z took it to the next level with claims of leaving used condoms in the car seat of Nas’ daughter on the track “Super Ugly,” and a rapper’s offspring was again brought into the picture on Ja Rule’s 2003 track “Loose Change,” which in retrospect was more of a career suicide mission against Eminem, D12 and G Unit.

So this begs the question: how far is too far?

The only correct answer depends on the artist’s own moral playing field and the purpose of the track. Is it to prove that one rapper is skillfully superior, or is there a bigger picture? Is it trying to expose the recipient and snatch the respect that their fans have for them right out of their hands? Like any debate or argument, there are usually three sides to the story – rapper A, rapper B and then there’s the truth. While it is arguably one of the most entertaining elements of Hip-Hop music, we must remember that egos are fragile and stakes can rise very quickly. With all that said, let’s get ready to rumble!

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SMACK / URLTV Presents Summer Madness 7 In Las Vegas http://thesource.com/2018/07/22/smack-urltv-presents-summer-madness-7-in-las-vegas/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/22/smack-urltv-presents-summer-madness-7-in-las-vegas/#respond Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:23:22 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=453936 The recently announced SMACK / URLTV Summer Madness 7 is taking place on Saturday 11 August in Las Vegas. The massive battle, promising to be the battle event of the year, line up includes; Hitman Holla vs. Tay Roc T-Rex vs. Reed Dollaz Tsu Surf vs. Iron Solomon DNA vs. Nu Jerzey Twork Math Hoffa […]

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The recently announced SMACK / URLTV Summer Madness 7 is taking place on Saturday 11 August in Las Vegas. The massive battle, promising to be the battle event of the year, line up includes;

Hitman Holla vs. Tay Roc

T-Rex vs. Reed Dollaz

Tsu Surf vs. Iron Solomon

DNA vs. Nu Jerzey Twork

Math Hoffa vs. Ave

Ill Will vs. O-Red

Shotgun Suge vs. Geechhi Gotti

VIP is already sold out, with GA tickets still available at tickets@urltv.tv and watchbattlelive.com and is sponsored by Al Capone Cigarillos. Stay tuned to The Source over the coming weeks as we take a closer look at SM7 and all things battle rap.

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Drake, Post Malone And Hilltop Hoods Dominate Single Charts In Australia http://thesource.com/2018/07/22/drake-post-malone-and-hilltop-hoods-dominate-single-charts-in-australia/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/22/drake-post-malone-and-hilltop-hoods-dominate-single-charts-in-australia/#respond Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:13:34 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=453939 Drake continues to dominate the music charts down in Australia, with an impressive twelve singles in the Top 40 of the local Urban Singles charts. Ten of these are with him as the lead artist, with his recent collaborations with both BlocBoy JB and Lil Baby also landing on the charts. Post Malone currently has […]

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Drake continues to dominate the music charts down in Australia, with an impressive twelve singles in the Top 40 of the local Urban Singles charts. Ten of these are with him as the lead artist, with his recent collaborations with both BlocBoy JB and Lil Baby also landing on the charts.

Post Malone currently has six songs in the Top 40 Urban Singles chart, with five of the Platinum or better. Many of his singles have remained in the charts throughout the year, proving his lasting reach continues to diversify through collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign, 21 Savage and Nicki Minaj all charting well.

Hilltop Hoods’ latest single is currently the only hip-hop song from Australia in the Top 40 Urban Single chart, debuting at #20 and projected to increase over the coming weeks. The single “Clark Griswold” feat. Adrian Eagle debuted as the #1 hip-hop track from an Australia artist this week, currently sitting at #7 overall in Australian Artist Single charts and #48 on the overall Single charts.

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Ironlak Reign as Graffiti Kings Stems from Australia http://thesource.com/2018/07/16/ironlak-graffiti-kings/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/16/ironlak-graffiti-kings/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:51:44 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=452584 Australia as a country is isolated from the rest of the world. Because of this, the “Land Down Under” has always taken a little longer to catch on to whatever is the wave in pop culture. This is especially true  before household Internet was a thing and pre-smartphone. It was also a place where anything […]

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Australia as a country is isolated from the rest of the world.

Because of this, the “Land Down Under” has always taken a little longer to catch on to whatever is the wave in pop culture. This is especially true  before household Internet was a thing and pre-smartphone. It was also a place where anything with an “import” sticker on it, also came with a hefty import fee.  From CDs to movies to games people paid way more in Australia than any other place. But in consideration of the four elements of Hip-Hop (Djaying, rap, dancing and graffiti), some imports were more valuable than others.  Which one? You guessed it – paint.

For over two decades graffiti artists in Australia had to cough up the money or make do with whatever they had.  Seems to be an almost impossible challenge… but it was not. They make do with what was available and they did it very well. They created their own industry to support their own graph culture. They did so by starting spray can shops.

Starting an aerosol paint company seems like such a hefty task that it didn’t register as an option to anyone, anyone except Levi Ramsey that is.

In 2002, Levi decided that enough was enough when it came to $17 cans of paint and decided to jump in the deep end. It took 2 years of study, meetings, knockbacks, more study, more meetings, more knockbacks and so on for Levi and his brother Heath to get a can on the shelf.

Now, around 15 years later, Ironak is one of the premier brands around the world, made by writers for writers.

Having successfully expanding into the United States, Asia and now Europe the company has spent over a decade putting in the research and development for several product lines such as “Lak” gloss acrylic, “Sugar” the worlds first water and alcohol hybrid based acrylic, the thick covering and built to last “Yard Master,” the large “Reload” high pressure gloss, the all-weather black and white “Tar” paint and the budget “Kolour” line in 16 basic colors but that is far from all.

With the flagship line boasting around 150 colors and ever-evolving, the fine people from the Ironlak ideas room have also added pens, textas, copics, charcoals, paint pens, sketchbooks, gloves, watercolour pencils, clothing and even a craft beer collaboration to their repertoire.

The thing about Ironlak isn’t just the product. It’s the culture and community that they have managed to help cultivate over the years.  The business has helped several artists make the leap from misguided vandal (not that there is anything wrong with that) to a respectable artist. One of the main tools for this was the video “Limitless” that featured the artwork of Sofles, Fintan Magee, Treas and Quench with the time lapse camera work of Selina Miles which resulted in a viral video with over 12 million views and probably the same amount of jaws dropped around the world.

As mentioned earlier, their latest venture is a partnership with Australian craft beer company East 9th Brewing, in which the guys at Ironlak have helped narrow down the exact Pantone color match for beer to be patented in the same vein as “Cadbury Purple” or “Jay-Z Blue.” Curating collaborations between artists of various mediums over several continents, Team Ironlak is really pushing boundaries and creating new levels of standards for graffiti worldwide.

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Indigenous-Language Australian Rapper Baker Boy Taking His Important Messages Worldwide http://thesource.com/2018/07/12/indigenous-language-australian-rapper-baker-boy-taking-his-important-messages-worldwide/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/12/indigenous-language-australian-rapper-baker-boy-taking-his-important-messages-worldwide/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 03:12:23 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=451717 Indigenous Australian rapper/dancer/actor Baker Boy has taken the Australian musical landscape by storm and is now taking his music worldwide – currently on tour in Europe. Born in Darwin and raised in the remote Northern Territorian communities Yurrwi (formerly known as Milingimbi and Maningrida), the young Baker Boy is known locally in Arnhem Land and […]

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Indigenous Australian rapper/dancer/actor Baker Boy has taken the Australian musical landscape by storm and is now taking his music worldwide – currently on tour in Europe. Born in Darwin and raised in the remote Northern Territorian communities Yurrwi (formerly known as Milingimbi and Maningrida), the young Baker Boy is known locally in Arnhem Land and beyond as the “Fresh New Prince” – the freshest new Yolngu hip-hop talent from the Top End. Young, strong and proud Baker Boy is the first rapper to break through to the mainstream to rap in his Yolngu Matha language representing his Arnhem Land bloodlines, as well as partially in the English language too. Baker Boy is known as a multi-talented artist, working across rap, dance, acting, and graffiti, inspiring younger generations to embrace their culture and become leaders in their communities.

Baker Boy rose to national prominence after winning the National Indigenous Music Award and released the two massive singles “Cloud 9” and “Marryuna” that both landed in the national end of year Top 100 all genres music countdown, in at #76 and #17. This makes Baker Boy the second-highest ever-ranking Indigenous artists in the Hottest 100 countdown history in Australia, narrowly behind A.B. Original’s excellent politically charged “January 26” in 2017. Baker Boy’s “Marryuna” was the first song ever to place in the Top 20 that was performed in an Indigenous language.

Marryuna was the second highly anticipated single from Arnhem Land’s ascending hip-hop star Baker Boy. Marryuna – pronounced Mar/re/ooh/na; verb; meaning – Let’s Dance. In Yolngu, culture dance plays a pivotal role. There’s ceremonial dance, celebratory dance and then there’s Marryuna; to dance with no shame, to freestyle for the sheer elation of dancing.

Baker Boy has just finished his solo Australian tour, is on tour to Europe next month before returning to Australia to play the domestic festival circuit – capping off an impressive past year which saw him supporting Dizzee Rascal, 50 Cent and touring extensively solo and on the festival circuit. His debut album is set for release later this year, stay tuned.

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Obie Trice Celebrates 15 Years Since Debut Album ‘Cheers’ http://thesource.com/2018/07/10/obie-trice-celebrates-15-years-since-debut-album-cheers/ http://thesource.com/2018/07/10/obie-trice-celebrates-15-years-since-debut-album-cheers/#respond Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:52:43 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=451313 Multi-platinum Detroit rapper Obie Trice is heading back down to Australian and New Zealand this week for the 15th year anniversary of his debut album Cheers on Shady Records with Swift McVay of D12. With seven shows in Australian and a further three in New Zealand over a fortnight, it will be Obie’s first time […]

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Multi-platinum Detroit rapper Obie Trice is heading back down to Australian and New Zealand this week for the 15th year anniversary of his debut album Cheers on Shady Records with Swift McVay of D12. With seven shows in Australian and a further three in New Zealand over a fortnight, it will be Obie’s first time back to Australia since his debut headline 2013 tour – having also toured in 2012 for Heatwave Festival and back in 2003 with 50 Cent and G-Unit.

Obie’s critically acclaimed debut album Cheers proved hugely successful, selling almost three million copies to date and peaking at #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The 19-track, 75-minute offering has a who’s who of features stacked throughout including from Eminem, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Timbaland, Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, D12, DJ Muggs, DJ Green Lantern, Jeff Bass and Tony Yayo. It spawned two internationally successful singles in “Got Some Teeth” and “The Setup (You Don’t Know) feat. Nate Dogg”, charting widely with the former going Gold in Australia alone. Obie would go on to work additionally with Akon, Trey Songz, 9th Wonder, MoSS, Daz Dillinger, Statik Selektah, Young Buck, DMX and Planet Asia predominately in the early to mid-2000s.

Obie Trice has released four solo albums, with the first two on Shady Records x Interscope, with his two most recent albums on his own Black Market Entertainment label. Obie has also released a further four mixtapes, firstly with DJ Green Lantern and the latter three with the prolific DJ Whoo Kidd. Obie would go on to work additionally with Akon, Trey Songz, 9th Wonder, Statik Selektah, Young Buck, DMX and Planet Asia predominately in the early to mid-2000s.

Swifty McVay is a long-time member of D12, a cornerstone of the multi-platinum group that released the hugely successful albums “Devil’s Night” (2001) and “D12 World” (2004) on Shady Records x Interscope. They would go on to release five mixtapes and Swifty dropped nine solo albums, with the most recent being “Grey Blood” early last year featuring Guilty Simpson, Slum Village, Crooked I, Maestro Fresh-Wes and D12.

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SMACK / URLTV’s NOME 8 Full Battle Card Announced http://thesource.com/2018/06/15/urltv-nome-8-full-battle-card-announced/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:41:11 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=445846 For the first time ever, SMACK/URLTV heads down to Texas for the action-packed card containing six battles for NOME 8 – one of battle rap’s biggest nights for the year in this historical event. It all goes down next Saturday (June 23) at The Ballroom at Warehouse Live, with only “General Admission/ Standing Room Only” […]

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For the first time ever, SMACK/URLTV heads down to Texas for the action-packed card containing six battles for NOME 8 – one of battle rap’s biggest nights for the year in this historical event. It all goes down next Saturday (June 23) at The Ballroom at Warehouse Live, with only “General Admission/ Standing Room Only” tickets still available for purchase to witness the world’s premiere battle rap platform live and direct.

The stacked full card announced for NOME 8 is:

Tay Roc vs. Goodz

Charlie Clips vs. Brizz Rawsteen

T-Top vs. Ill Will

Tsu Surf vs. Rum Nitty (The Source #273 “Unsigned Hype”)

Shotgun Suge vs. Nu Jerzey Twork

DNA vs. JC

If you can’t get down to The Warehouse, order the real-time HD Live Pay-Per-View worldwide at www.watchbattlelive.com 

Event proudly sponsored by Al Capone Premium Cigarillos, Yakman and US Beauty Bazaar.

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Kanye West’s ‘ye’ Top Charts in Australia http://thesource.com/2018/06/14/kanye-west-ye-austrailia/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:46:15 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=446641 Kanye’s 7-track ye release has debuted at #1 on the Australia ARIA Charts in both the Urban Album and Overall Album categories, knocking off Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys, which currently holds second place in both of these categories. ye also propelled Kanye’s Australian-Platinum selling My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album from #151 to #31 […]

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Kanye’s 7-track ye release has debuted at #1 on the Australia ARIA Charts in both the Urban Album and Overall Album categories, knocking off Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys, which currently holds second place in both of these categories. ye also propelled Kanye’s Australian-Platinum selling My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album from #151 to #31 while fellow G.O.O.D Music x Def Jam Recordings label mate Pusha T is currently sitting at #9 with Daytona. It appears Kanye’s recent comments on TMZ claiming “slavery was a choice,” continually publically backing President Trump and distancing himself from Jay-Z have done little to reduce the thirst of his Australian fans if they are even aware of such events.

American artists continue to dominate the Australian Top Urban Album Chart, with over half of the artists in the Top 40 coming from the US. Canada, represented through The Weeknd and Drake, make up a further handful. Male solo artists are charting higher and stronger than anyone else, with the only two females to crack the Top 40 currently being Cardi B at #3 with Invasion of Privacy and SZA’s Ctrl still at #38.

The only two local releases in the Australian Top 40 currently are the Hilltop Hoods platinum-selling last release in 2016’s reprise Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung at #30 and Bliss N Eso’s 2017 Gold-Selling album Off The Grid, which re-enters the Top 40 following the release of their new film clip to “Tear The Roof Off” feat. Watsky.

Kanye’s 7-track, 24-minute release featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Cudi, Irv Gotti, Jeremih has also gone #1 in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, and America. Ye has charted Top 10 in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland as well as significantly further throughout Europe. This new release also marks Kanye’s record-equalling eighth consecutive album to debut at #1 on the US Billboard 200, seemingly an unstoppable force no matter what for consumers.

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Five Places Kendrick Lamar Should Visit On His Australian Tour http://thesource.com/2018/06/11/five-places-kendrick-lamar-should-visit-on-his-australian-tour/ Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:48:29 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=445836 Kendrick Lamar will be playing seven shows over two weeks in the land Down Under this coming July in support of his critically acclaimed, quadruple platinum-selling album DAMN. Having previously made the trip in 2012 with his own good kid, m.A.A.d. city promotional tour, Kung Fu Kenny is definitely no stranger to touring overseas. In […]

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Kendrick Lamar will be playing seven shows over two weeks in the land Down Under this coming July in support of his critically acclaimed, quadruple platinum-selling album DAMN.

Having previously made the trip in 2012 with his own good kid, m.A.A.d. city promotional tour, Kung Fu Kenny is definitely no stranger to touring overseas. In addition to rolling through in 2014 as part of the Rapture tour alongside Eminem and J.Cole, his most trip to Australia came in 2016 on the Byron Bay Bluesfest line up that included two stadium shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

 

 

Here’s our list of five spots Lamar should hit up while traveling the sunburnt country — that is, if he’s not experiencing the beaches or petting the local wildlife:

 

1. Triple J Hip-Hop Show

The first stop is Australia’s premier national Hip-Hop radio show hosted by Hau, who took over the reigns a decade ago from Maya Jupiter. The program has been an integral part of breaking foreign and local rap music to the Australian audience. Airing on Thursday nights from 10 PM until 1 AM, Australians would love to hear Kenny shoot the breeze. The audience collectively voted “HUMBLE” as the number one song in the country for 2017, so he would be a perfect fit here. Perhaps the Thursday of June 26, after his second arena performance in Sydney?

2. HQ Complex Nightclub

The perfect afterparty spot for his Adelaide show. Relocated to Hindley Street, the center of the party district, the multi-level nightclub has been home to countless international artists such as Raekwon, M.O.P., KRS-One (seen below), Jedi Mind Tricks, Mobb Deep and Cypress Hill to name a few. Afterparty on Sunday, July 15?

3. Takeaway Studios

The home studio of Australian Hip-Hop kings Hilltop Hoods. This state-of-the-art recording facility is owned and operated by audiophile and technology connoisseur DJ Debris, who’s mixed and tweaked verses by Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought of The Roots, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 and Brother Alias well as vocalists Sia and Maverick Sabre within the studio’s walls. Word on the street is that the multiplatinum Australian rappers are knee-deep in a new record, and we can only imagine the results of Kendrick stopping by and taking in the flagship Australian Hip-Hop aura for a day.

4. Hardcore Classic Radio

Legendary Australian Hip-Hop radio show Hardcore Classic was established in 1996 by Sydney rap fiend Thomas Rock, and has proven through the test of time to be one of the staples of Hip-Hop in the broader Pacific region. Hardcore Classic has been on air across a number of stations in Sydney throughout the years, and now calls 2SER 107.3 home every Friday night starting at 8 PM. Set it up for Friday (July 27) if Kendrick is still in Sydney after his second and final arena show.

5. Broken Lock

Located in Melbourne, Broken Lock is the go-to custom jeweler. Having worked on pieces for rapper and personality Briggs, Indigenous record label Bad Apples and footwear stalwart Vans among others, Broken Lock offers custom chains, pendants and grills to the public. Come on down, Kenny!

 

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Listen to Blackalicious Member Gift Of Gab’s New EP ‘Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again!’ http://thesource.com/2018/06/10/gift-of-gab-blackalicious-new-ep-rejoice-rappers-are-rapping-again/ Sun, 10 Jun 2018 14:59:00 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=444411 Gift of Gab has dropped his first project since the 2015 Blackalicious effort Imani Volume 1, hitting us with a powerful seven-track offering entitled Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again.   Proving a kidney failure in 2012 wasn’t about to hinder his output, the Bay Area wordsmith has always been known for his surgical-like flow and […]

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Gift of Gab has dropped his first project since the 2015 Blackalicious effort Imani Volume 1, hitting us with a powerful seven-track offering entitled Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again.

 

Proving a kidney failure in 2012 wasn’t about to hinder his output, the Bay Area wordsmith has always been known for his surgical-like flow and verbal precision — this project shows no change in skills. With Gab flexing his tongue-lashing delivery on tracks like “Bowling Pins” and the 1960’s Batman theme song flip “Gabman” (shoutout to the “comic book kid” in all of us!) Rejoice! brings us nostalgia from all angles.  The only guests on the EP come in with the track “Freedom Form Flowing” (seen above) by way of newcomer A.F.R.O. and underground veteran R.A. the Rugged Man, a former “Hip-Hop Quotable” star from The Source #203 (10/06). The trio make it a lighthearted vocal-sparring session, and the result is a far shot from anything considered  “mumble rap.”

As the project progresses, each track offers more than just lyrical bicep curls. One of the standout songs,“The Gentrification Song,” needs no explanation when it comes to content: “The city lost its soul and gained a lot of hipsters/ But does that really make it better or a little weirder?/ And will the idea of America come to fruition?/ Or is to push the poor away really the real agenda?” Gab explains the frustrations of a situation that is becoming more and more common around the world — more and more frustrating for the people who once called these places home.

Gab has always been a lyricist’s lyricist, and while this EP probably won’t place him next to the Drakes and the Tekashi 6ix9ines of the world when it comes to popularity, Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! was never aimed to get that type of reaction. Gift of Gab is well aware of his lane and is happily syllable sideswiping his way around, whether you come along for the ride or not.

 

Listen to Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! by Gift of Gab right now on all streaming platforms, including Spotify.

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Cam’ron Pays Homage to King James in Instagram Tribute http://thesource.com/2018/05/29/camron-pays-homage-to-king-james-in-instagram-tribute/ Tue, 29 May 2018 14:00:18 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=443750 On May 29, Harlem veteran rapper Cam’ron took to Instagram and delivered a thorough and heartwarming tribute to LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Prior to the tribute, the Dipset chief commander predicted that LeBron would make it to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. His prediction would prove to be a successful one, with the […]

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On May 29, Harlem veteran rapper Cam’ron took to Instagram and delivered a thorough and heartwarming tribute to LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Prior to the tribute, the Dipset chief commander predicted that LeBron would make it to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. His prediction would prove to be a successful one, with the Cavs defeating the Boston Celtics on their home fortress 101 – 92. Cam is no stranger to the game of basketball. He is able to tell stories of one-on-one bouts up against great streetballers such as Stephon Marbury and God Shammgod of whom are are of legendary status in the streetball game.

Killa Cam may have never officially put on an NBA jersey, but fair to say, he would’ve certainly had the opportunity to step toe to toe with LeBron if his talent for the ball was as imminent as it is in the booth. James will have his chance for redemption when the Cavs face off with the Golden State Warriors for the fourth time in a row, starting June 1st!

I’ve been lucky enough to watch Micheal Jordan play. And it was nothing like it. I mean swag, finesse, determination, smartness, etc. I would never put anyone above him. With that said..what lebron James has done this season has been unmatched!! 33yrs old, played all 82 regular season games, just about no supporting cast… has been amazing to watch. I tip my hat to him for not short changing us (the fans) but brining professionalism to the game. Along with turning himself and his close friends into great business men. I lived in Ohio when he was in high school and to watch him @mavcarter and the gang from 11th grade to today…has been amazing. There aren’t enough words to explain what he’s done this season. salute to da king!! #EastCoastKing @kingjames

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Curren$y and Harry Fraud Set to Release ‘The Marina’ EP http://thesource.com/2018/05/24/curreny-and-harry-fraud-all-set-for-release-of-the-marina-ep/ Thu, 24 May 2018 17:47:19 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=443175 The next chapter to Curren$y’s already jam-packed 2018 schedule is about to arrives on May 30th. This time he teams up with highly acclaimed record producer and composer out of New York City Harry Fraud. Together they are set to release their second project together entitled The Marina, the first being an EP back in 2012 […]

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The next chapter to Curren$y’s already jam-packed 2018 schedule is about to arrives on May 30th. This time he teams up with highly acclaimed record producer and composer out of New York City Harry Fraud. Together they are set to release their second project together entitled The Marina, the first being an EP back in 2012 entitled Cigarette Boats. The Marina will be released via Jet Life Recordings, the enterprise built solely by the self-confessed Mary Jane connoisseur.

The New Orleans rapper recently took to Instagram unveiling some fresh new artwork, as well a release date for the EP. This will serve as the fourth project of the year already for Curren$y, with The Spring Collection, Parking Lot Music, and the Air Freshna EP all dropping in February, March, and April. While a tracklist remains unknown at this stage, we can only assume it be packed with silky smooth beats, catchy rhymes/hooks, and dope vibes.

Harry Fraud was first discovered by French Montana back in 2009 and since then has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the biz including Rick Ro$$, Wiz Khalifa, Talib Kweli, Pusha T and Action Bronson. With the announcement of The Marina, it doesn’t appear to shed any new light upon Spitta’s Back At Burnies, however, it should certainly be enough to keep fans happy for the time being.

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Australia’s Current Top Five Hip-Hop Artists http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/australias-top-five/ Tue, 22 May 2018 16:58:28 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442839 *Article from print edition #273 of The Source – out now. With the continued international popularity of hip-hop music worldwide; we take a look at five of the most popular hip-hop artists currently from Australia – who are moving beyond their domestic market and receiving increasing international popularity throughout America, Canada, and Europe. Hip-hop has […]

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*Article from print edition #273 of The Source – out now.

With the continued international popularity of hip-hop music worldwide; we take a look at five of the most popular hip-hop artists currently from Australia – who are moving beyond their domestic market and receiving increasing international popularity throughout America, Canada, and Europe.

Hip-hop has a long, proud history since it was first absorbed by locals down under in the early 1980s with breaking and graffiti proving immensely popular since its inception, while Australian DJs have been punching above their weight internationally for decades now. Hugely influential Australian recording artists from the late 1980s to mid-2000s such as AKA Brothers, Def Wish Cast, Prowla, Dedlee, Bias B, Lazy Grey, Resin Dogs, Lyrical Commission, 1200 Techniques, Koolism, Downsyde, The Herd, Delta, Brad Strut, Trem, Pegz and Maya Jupiter all paved the way for the current successes of hip-hop in Australia now experienced domestically as well as verging on breaking even further into the international markets.

Hilltop Hoods

Hilltop Hoods have shown and proved to be the number 1 hip-hop group to emerge out of Australia thus far. Consisting of MC Suffa, MC Pressure and DJ Debris they have undoubtedly changed the musical landscape in Australia for the better through a series of now-classic albums sold out tours and ability to connect with a wide variety of fans. They released their debut album, A Matter of Time, in 1999 and have since released six studio albums and two “restrung” albums that were accompanied by a full orchestra. Five of their last six albums have all reached number one on the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) charts, and five singles have also made it inside the Top 10.

Since the industry breakthrough single “The Nosebleed Section” in 2003 on their critically acclaimed third album The Calling (which was also the first hip-hop album from Australia to be certified Gold), the Hilltop Hoods have gone from strength to strength while pioneering new territory. With an already strong fan base Australia wide, “The Nosebleed Section” capitulated them into the ears of an even wider audience and they have never looked back.

Both Suffa and Pressure have proven themselves to be two of Australia’s best, most versatile, lyrical emcees, consistently releasing innovating hip-hop music. DJ Debris‘ skills behind the turntables and production boards have helped place the Hilltop Hoods as one of the most influential and well-rounded musical groups to emerge from Australia. With an extensive back catalogue of music, the Hoods appeal to a wide demographic and have one of the largest fan bases in all music in Australia, winning seven ARIA awards and earning numerous multiple platinum singles and albums.

The Hilltop Hoods have collaborated with the likes of Brother Ali, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Maverick Sabre, Sia, Black Thought of The Roots, Pharoahe Monch and have toured extensively throughout US, Canada and Europe. Founders of Golden Era Records which is also home to The Funkoars, Briggs, K21, Purpose, A. B. Original and Vents, their label has recently co-released Royce Da 5’9”s new album Layers and they have just completed their largely sold-out tour of America and Canada with Plutonic Lab and DJ Total Eclipse (of NYC’s The X-Ecutioners). Watch out for an announcement on their next studio album and more international tours.

Bliss n Eso

Bliss n Eso are a diverse multi-platinum, award-winning hip-hop group based in Sydney consisting of American-Australian MC Bliss, MC Eso and Moroccan-Australian DJ Izm. Their most recent, sixth studio album Off the Grid is their third number 1 album in a row and features R&B superstar Mario, Dizzy Wright, Watsky and soul legend Lee Fields. Bliss n Eso has recently returned back to Australia after largely sold out New Zealand and Canadian tours, building upon the success of their 30-date domestic tour which managed to also largely sell out almost every show.

Bliss n Eso released their debut album Flowers in the Pavement on pioneering but now defunct Australian hip-hop label Obese Records in 2003. Their second album Day of the Dog was released in 2006 and was the first locally produced hip-hop album to chart upon release. Their next three albums, 2008’s Flying Colours, 2010’s ARIA award-winning Running on Air and 2013’s Circus in the Sky, all went Platinum and resulted in progressively larger sold-out national tours and extensive festival appearances covering most corners of Australia. Bliss n Eso also had the unique privilege of playing a series of intimate concerts in Afghanistan in liaison with the Australia Defence Forces for those troops serving in the Middle East.

Bliss n Eso have developed their strong international connection having worked with Nas, Ceekay Jones, Xzibit, RZA, Illmaculate, DJ Hoppa, Jehst (UK) and extensively with esteemed Australian producer M-Phazes. The third single from their late April 2017 released Off The Grid album features their currently highest charting single to date in the Platinum-selling Moments (feat. Gavin James), which recently also won a 2017 ARIA for Best Video.

Bliss n Eso have been instrumental in achieving many firsts for hip-hop in Australia, breaking down barriers and paving the way for future groups. With multiple Gold and Platinum singles under their belt and the strong successes of their most recent music, Bliss n Eso have regained their momentum and look set to dominate hip-hop both in Australia as well as exporting their unique Australian sound to all corners of the globe in years to come.

A. B. Original

A. B. Original consists of emcee Briggs, a Yorta Yorta man from Shepparton in regional Victoria, and rapper/producer Trials, a Ngarrindjeri man from the country along the Murray River in South Australia. The socially conscious Indigenous-Australian duo released their debut album Reclaim Australia on Bad Apples Music x Golden Era Records in late 2016 to widespread acclaim and recently won ARIA awards for Best Independent Release and Best Urban Album.

The A. B. Original sound has been described as rough and tough around the edges, deliberately brash and aggressive, somewhat in the spirit of N.W.A. and Westside Connection, providing a much needed honest account of race relations in Australia today as well as delving into Australia’s dark colonial past. The ironic title of the album, Reclaim Australia, strikes a strong accord locally in Australia as there is a small, misinformed yet vocal group protesting immigration to Australia also called Reclaim Australia (a group fearful “their” country is being taken away from them which is satirical, to say the least when understanding the history of British colonialization in Australia was formalized on 26 January 1788). Check A. B. Original’s song January 26 for an honest, thought-provoking account on why Australia’s national holiday should not continue to be held on such a historically insensitive day.

Trials has cemented himself as one of the finest emcee/producer combinations to emerge from Australia and has produced everything from Hollywood films, TV shows to creative adverts. Through his unique upbringing, he has a compelling and captivating story to tell has been widely co-signed from Australia’s best to Ice Cube. In recent times, Briggs has made the welcomed transition into political commentary on race relations in Australia and acting, and does so in the same objective and comedic manner that has made him one of Australia’s favourite recording artists and personalities. Whether Briggs is on beat, on screen or in between, he brings a high level of artistic integrity, talent, and combined with his unique background, an interesting and compelling story. Reclaim Australia is the album Australia needed and A. B. Original was the group required, driving much of the discussion on important issues relevant to Australia’s Indigenous peoples and wider Australian society.

Kerser

Coming up to such remarkable national prominence with little-to-no mainstream radio play, the independent Kerser is the most successful rapper in Australia that has built a legion of fans organically primarily throughout social media, battle rap and live performances. His most recent album released last month, Engraved In The Game, is his seventh in seven years and went #1 widely on the domestic charts. This gives Kerser his sixth number one album in a row as he powers towards his ambitious goal of ten albums in ten years.

Born and bred in Campbelltown in South-Western Sydney, Kerser started rapping at 11 and began recording when he has 18. He began by pressing up his own independent mixtapes, gaining notoriety locally and developing his quick wit and skills in south-west Sydney battle rap before taking the national battle rap scene by storm and exploding from there, most notably through his battles with Australian artist 360 and battle legend Illmaculate.

His success has continued on the up since releasing his first four albums from 2011-2014 with producer Nebs, Kerser has shown no sign of slowing down. Through ADA Warner Music Australia, in 2015 Kerser developed his own record label ABK Recordswhich has also released his brother and longtime collaborator Rates’ Untold album earlier last year as well as Jay UF’s Final Notice earlier this year. Musically, Kerser has also evolved, partnering up with US-based producer Sinima on 2015’s Next Step and 2016’s Tradition albums before teaming up with German beatmaker Allrounda for the most recent Engraved in the Game release. Kerser has left the door open for a return to battle rap, but one feels it will take quite the opponent to lure him back into the battle rap world now that his albums and tours are proving to be so successful – perhaps a KOTD or URL appearance are the only platforms suitable for Kerser in the future.

Kerser is also Australia’s Highest Viewed YouTube rapper, highlighting his incredible popularity for an independent artist with YouTube views now exceeding 80 million. He recently released one of the largest collaboration in Australian hip-hop to date, working with Future and Young Buck on the Ghosts In The Room produced Total Concentration.

Kerser’s music touches on a different side of Australian society that much of the commercially accessible locally made hip hop fails to address – the lower and underclass, the often downtrodden, pigeon-holed as hopeless suburbanites littered throughout Australia’s middle and outer suburbs. His self-described street rap brings a very different tale away from the dominant mainstream and he has managed to craft his own lane for independent artists when previously there largely was not one.

360

Three and a half years since dropping his #2 charting previous album Utopia, Melbourne-based rapper 360 is back in action with his recently released fourth studio album, Vintage Modern (Forthwrite / EMI Records) and finds himself back towards the top of the charts yet again. It has been an interesting period for one of Australia’s biggest solo rappers with his widely documented struggles with depression and addiction in recent years. But 360 has utilized his trying personal experiences as inspiration for much of his new album Vintage Modern, and a more refined, mature 360 has emerged that has found him back selling out shows nationwide to critical acclaim and speaking out publically on such difficult issues he faced.

Drawing on diverse influences ranging from Big L to Kanye West to The Beatles, 360 has developed his own unique style over the last decade-plus. A successful period battling from before his first album (2008’s What You See Is What You Get) to after the release of his hugely successful second album saw 360 amass millions of views, battle internationally and infamously share the memorable battle with Sydney’s aforementioned Kerser, helping springboard them both to wider audiences.

In 2011, 360 released his double platinum second album Falling and Flying which produced four charting singles, with “Boys Like You” certified as 4x Platinum, “Run Alone” as Platinum, “Child” and “Just Got Started” as both Gold as well as winning a prestigious ARIA award as best Breakthrough Artist with the release. These successes and accolades established 360 as one of Australia’s biggest musical acts and led him to touring America and Canada himself before domestically sharing the stage with Eminem, Hopsin, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. His successful third studio album Utopia went Gold, spawning the Platinum-selling singles “Price of Fame” (featuring Gossling) and “Live It Up” (featuring Pez).

360 has collaborated with internationally renowned Australian producer M-Phazes, N’fa Jones of 1200 Techniques (Australia’s first hip-hop group to win an ARIA national award), Daniel Johns of Silverchair, Lunar C (UK), Bliss N Eso and early on with Trem One of Lyrical Commission / Unkut Recordings. His unique ability to connect with his legions of fans through sharing intimate personal stories has resulted in himself being able to establish and sustain a fiercely loyal fan base that has allowed him to be able to be him, which is working for 360 now better than ever before.

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Beat Butcha – 15 Years Of Producing With The Best http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/beat-butcha-15-years-of-producing-with-the-best/ Tue, 22 May 2018 16:09:03 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442832 For a young Hip-Hop fan in the United Kingdom, the dream of working with some of the most well-known and talented artists in America seems like just that, a dream. Beat Butcha, however, studied the history and worked on his craft in the English scene originally a DJ at 16-years-old that then led to him […]

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For a young Hip-Hop fan in the United Kingdom, the dream of working with some of the most well-known and talented artists in America seems like just that, a dream. Beat Butcha, however, studied the history and worked on his craft in the English scene originally a DJ at 16-years-old that then led to him producing for hometown favorites Jehst, Braintax, Terra Firma, Sonny Jim and more. His first notable work to hit the U.S. was the 12” exclusive from Stig of the Dump that featured renown underground lyricist and self-proclaimed problematic personality, R.A. The Rugged Man.

After a chance meeting with late Brooklyn MC, Pumpkinhead, to whom he ended up sending a handful of beats, Pumpkinhead happened to turn one of those beats into “Battering Bars” which featured the late Sean Price. A week later, Sean reached out directly for more beats that led to Beat Butcha being involved in a couple of songs on the critically acclaimed Mic Tyson album. It’s this kind of organic networking that creates the most authentic music and with over 15 years of constant production and grinding, Beat Butcha has become a go-to guy for the boom-bap street sound.

Since then he has worked with Big Boi of Outkast, Mac Miller, Schoolboy Q, Jadakiss, Danny Brown, Rick Ross, Xzibit, La Coka Nostra, Tony Yayo, Canibus, Juelz Santana and Australian cornerstones Trem, Brad Strut and Tornts, the latter of which has three albums that feature Butcha’s handiwork. His heavy involvement in four of Lloyd Banks’s latest projects have been a driving force in his name becoming synonymous with the gritty street soundtracks and also the demand for his “Steroid Pack” sample kits for aspiring producers.

What may be the most sentimental of achievements came in the form of his contributions to The Infamous Mobb Deep with the track “Timeless” and Prodigy’s 2017 solo album The Hegelian Dialect (The Book Of Revelation) that Butcha has three production credits for “Broken Rappers,” “Snakes” and “Spiritual War.” For anyone that had The Infamous as the soundtrack to their younger years which, let’s be honest is most of us, this is indeed a dream come true.

Butcha has also put his beat making talents on display for the Internet with his own episode on Mass Appeal, Rhythm Roulette series in which notable beatmakers blindly choose their 3 sample records and are presented the on-the-spot challenge of making a beat out of them from scratch. Next to names like Large Professor, 9th Wonder, El-P, Just Blaze and araabMUZIK it really shows he is in the top tier of the industry when it comes to sample chopping and pad smashing.

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Dumbfoundead is in the Battle For Koreatown and Beyond http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/dumbfoundead-the-battle-for-koreatown-and-beyond/ Tue, 22 May 2018 16:05:31 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442837 The 32-year-old MC’s story begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he and his sister were born and then smuggled up through Mexico by their mother, eventually settling in Koreatown, California. Jonathan Park aka Dumbfoundead quickly took to the freestyle element of the hip-hop culture through workshops and nights like Project Blowed, which was founded by […]

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The 32-year-old MC’s story begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he and his sister were born and then smuggled up through Mexico by their mother, eventually settling in Koreatown, California. Jonathan Park aka Dumbfoundead quickly took to the freestyle element of the hip-hop culture through workshops and nights like Project Blowed, which was founded by Aceyalone of Freestyle Fellowship. At a time when Gangsta Rap dominated the west coast, Freestyle Fellowship and Project Blowed helped popularize an alternative scene based around the original elements of the culture.

After sharpening his freestyle sword, he eventually turned to the art of battle rap to get his name out and especially in the emerging Internet-televised battle scene that blew up with the Jumpoff World Rap Championships in 2007. With a strong showing appearing in 12 different battles throughout the day against the likes of The Saurus, Illmaculate, and Nocando, he had the entire battle worlds eyes on him. His first taste of viral Internet fame came with a battle against Tantrum, another talented MC of Asian descent, in which the two go back and forth lyrically playing on stereotypes and poking fun at each other. That battle has nearly accumulated 2.5 million views on YouTube. To show he wasn’t just a gimmick, Dumbfoundead took on battles against battle rap legends The Saurus and the late Pumpkinhead aka PH cementing his place as one of the modern era’s greats.

His biggest battle to date was at the Drake and OVO sponsored King Of The Dot Blackout 5 event in Canada against Wild N Out personality Conceited that is sitting on an enormous 8 million views at the time of this article. At a press conference surrounding the event, Drake was quoted as saying “For me, you know, for me a big thing is Dumbfoundead” the megastar went on to give even more props “To see him come back and just bless us with (his) presence at this event is insane.” Dumb took one more battle in his career with the man that took on both Canibus and Cassidy to critical acclaim, fellow west coast wordsmith, Dizaster.

But Dumb is no one trick pony, having released four albums and two EPs since 2011 and proven that his songwriting is just as good as his battle artillery. In 2016, he released the song and video “Safe,” which is a creative and entertaining piece of social commentary intended to draw attention to the lack of Asian and Asian-American actors at the Oscars and their underrepresentation in Hollywood. Some of his finest underground work stemmed from his frequent collaborations with Anderson .Paak under his pseudonym Breezy LoveJoy, in which the two displayed a natural and soulful chemistry on tracks such as “Cellphone,” “Fck It” and the metaphorical “Wine.” Another stand out track is the humorous “Korean Jesus” where Dumb drops bars like “Baptized with water in the glass bong, turned water into soju, got your facts wrong” over a progressive stripped back instrumental. DFD’s music seems to have no rulesets or boundaries when it comes to content or production and there is definitely no stencil being followed as he paints his pictures.

While Dumbfoundead is no up and comer and he is certainly on the worldwide radar with more than a handful of songs viewed over a million times, he hasn’t fully been embraced by the masses at large yet, but he absolutely possesses the potential with the skills, personality and story to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue very soon. Get familiar.

Photo courtesy of Dumbfounded’s Facebook

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Rapper Briggs Heads From Australia to Springfield With New Netflix Series By Matt Groening http://thesource.com/2018/05/10/from-australia-to-springfield-rapper-briggs-collaborates-with-the-simpsons-creator-matt-groening/ Thu, 10 May 2018 14:08:55 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=440878 Australian rapper, activist, TV star and record label CEO Adam Briggs — better known as just Briggs — is also a walking encyclopedia when it comes to The Simpsons. The party trick is so on point, in fact, that he’s taking those talents to America to help the show’s creator Matt Groening on his new Netflix series Disenchantment. […]

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Australian rapper, activist, TV star and record label CEO Adam Briggs — better known as just Briggs — is also a walking encyclopedia when it comes to The Simpsons. The party trick is so on point, in fact, that he’s taking those talents to America to help the show’s creator Matt Groening on his new Netflix series Disenchantment.

 

 

Briggs, who started building his name on the Australian Hip-Hop circuit, was the first signee to the Hilltop Hoods-established Golden Era Records, releasing two solo LPs since first signing, and also dropping the record-breaking Reclaim Australia record with A.B. Original. Briggs also started his own label, Bad Apples, and has been finding his footing in the world of television for a while now. His harsh-yet-accurate humor has been felt on the sets of Get Krack!n, The Other Guy, The Weekly With Charlie Pickering, Spin Out, Cleverman, Black Comedy and most recently Tough Conversations with Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins.

 

 

However, for a man with a Krusty the Clown tattoo, working with Groening and other Simpsons mainstays Josh Weinstein and Bill Oakley may just be the one gig to top them all. Groening has described the adult-themed animation’s focus as one of “life and death, love and sex and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering idiots, despite with the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.” So far, we know the show’s premise follows a boozy princess around a medieval kingdom called Dreamland as she navigates “ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses and lots of human trolls.” We also know the show will bare the distinct animation style that generations have grown up on with The Simpsons and Futurama, especially with word that Rough Draft Studios will be on board for the visual work.

 

 

Slated for 20 episodes —  Netflix will release it as two separate 10-episode bundles across 2018 and 2019 —Disenchantment is sure to bring us the comedic appeal that we’ve known and loved so far from the boy Briggs. Keep your eyes and ears open because you won’t want to miss this brilliance.

 

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