Grime music has gained increased international attention in recent years through the significant mainstream successes from the likes of the UK’s Skepta, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Stormzy. Talented Grime artist Fraksha has taken his UK-developed Grime skills down under to Australia and has helped to significantly spread the international interest for Grime, which is developing rapidly at the moment worldwide.
Fraksha himself has come a long way since growing up on the outskirts of SE London around raves and pirate radio, recording his first mixtape with his group Nine High in his kitchen flat in England. Living in Melbourne since 2006, Fraksha has been responsible for the development of Grime more than anyone else in Australasia over the last decade-plus.
Fraksha has long established himself through consistent quality output and an exceptional live show as the go-to artist when it comes to Grime in the wider Asia-Pacific region, which is a testament to his unwavering song-writing ability and work ethic. He has helped to develop and usher in a generation of Grime artists including Diem, Murky (RIP), Scotty Hinds, Alex Jones, Sarm, Nerve, Wombat, Hazrd, Mitchos and Shadow.
He’s released albums/mixtapes/singles as a solo artist, with his groups Nine High and Smash Brothers and now calls esteemed independent label Broken Tooth Entertainment home. His Grime skills have translated seamlessly to a talented club/party emcee with the multiple award-winning Melbourne 3181 crew. Fraksha was responsible for the first grime release in Australia as well developed the first grime group in the country, ran the first grime radio show and first club grime night 50/50, all significantly expanding and developing Grime and what music can sound like to the entire wider region.
He has performed across the UK, New Zealand and Australia extensively with the likes of Ice Cube, The Game, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Dizzee Rascal, Dead Prez, Wiley, Stormzy, Rodney P, Skinnyman and Skepta. Grime has never been as big internationally as it is now charting widely, and is a testament to those artists teetering on breaking out of the underground after many years of hard work like Fraksha as much as it is to those who have had significant mainstream success like Skepta and Stormzy of late for the development of the entire genre.