Lil snapshot of my NYC trip. Hermitude world tour announce (who’s coming?!); caught up with a lad I’ve wanted to kick it with for ever Nelson Dialect; Central Park show feat Hermy, A.B Original and my man Jayteehazard with the mad talent Mojo Juju, the phenomenal Tkay Maidza; writing session today with Kimbra and Clams Casino.. back soon fam
Adelaide’s own journeyman delivers his best work to date.
Spirit Kitchen Recordings is proud to release the debut album by Adelaide emcee, Conseps, entitled ‘Full Circle’. The project features guest appearances from Adelaide emcees Patti, Beats, Alerts, Social Change, Evolve, Subliminal and others. The album is produced by local hitmaker Ash Wednesday and features beats by Gas Gangrene, Conseps and Simplex, with DJ Dymes on the cuts.
Conseps got his feet wet performing various live shows and radio appearances around Adelaide in the 2000s. He featured on two 12-inch records with the crew Adroit Effusive (‘Part A’ and ‘Part E’) and had success on local radio with heavy-rotation of the track ‘Moeshzilla & King Kongseps’, alongside fellow Adroit Effusive crew member, Motion. Since then Conseps has released the underground classic ‘The Ice Breaker’ with friends Patti and DJ Kansel and featured heavily on the debut LP ‘The Album’ with long-time crew Adroit Effusive. Conseps has gone on to record and perform alongside some of Australia’s best underground emcees.
Full Circle features the banging tracks ‘SoufLyfe’, ‘Trust The Process’, ‘Knock Knock’ and the soon-to-be classic posse cut ‘Deadly Dose’. Atop hard-hitting beats with a mix of dark and upbeat production, Conseps tackles various subjects, with often topical rhymes, touching on personal issues, life and death, with a good blend of introspection drawn from everyday experiences. Without a doubt, Conseps is back representing Adelaide to the fullest.
For the previous ten years, THE AUSSIE BBQ event has been bringing the cream of new Australian music to new international and American audiences, with this year’s free marque showcase event to be held at SummerStage in NYC for the very first time. Among the acts this year include the Zimbabwean-born Tkay Maidza (worked with Killer Mike of Run The Jewels, Duckwrth, French super-producer Martin Solveig), rap duo A. B. Original (first US show) as well as production duo Hermitude and will be the first time this signature event is held in NYC since 2015.
The electric Tkay Maidza was born in Zimbabwe before moving to Australia with her family when she was 5-years- old. Living throughout Western Australian and South Australia before settling in Adelaide, she graduated from high school two years early at 16 and like a young Ice Cube, studied architecture at university before concentrating full-time on music.
Tkay Maidza story is an intriguing one and one that demonstrates just how much she has achieved already and most certainly has a very bright future ahead of her. She recently scored a BET Awards nomination for Best New International Act, catapulting the 23-year-old further onto the world stage and capping off an impressive and rapid rise over the last couple of years. Tkay was the second Australian to be nominated for a BET award after Iggy Azalea, and received a hearty glowing endorsement from a then stranger in Killer Mike last year during a lecture at MIT, in reference to Tkay being the female rapper that Americans should know about instead of Iggy.
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 through a traditional sound away from the fashion of today. The ironic title of the album, Reclaim Australia, strikes a strong accord locally in Australia as there is a small, misinformed group protesting immigration to Australia also called Reclaim Australia (a group fearful that “their” country is being taken away from them which is satirical, to say the least when understanding British colonialization history of Indigenous Australia).
A.B. Original provide a very much needed refreshing, traditional hip hop sound in Australia that has largely been missing from recent years within a more commercially geared hip hop market of today. Their live show with DJ Total Eclipse of The X-Ecutioners has taken the all-around package to another level nationwide.
Head on down to Central Park this Saturday to catch a glimpse of what hip hop from Australia has to offer from 2 pm.
We start playing new songs in the set for the first time in a couple years tomorrow. Pretty psyched to start rolling it all out over the next few months. Here’s what’s been happening since last album cycle finished. PS it was 73 shows, but who’s counting.