The film was recorded across the ‘Running On Air’ tour’s 14 shows in what was the highest-selling local hip-hop tour of all time, with BnE performing to over 60,000 fans across the country. A full-time film crew followed Bliss n Eso for two months, hitting venues like Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion and Melbourne’s Festival Hall (two sold-out shows each) through to the Old Mt Gambier Gaol and Coffs Harbour Showground. Source: Bliss N Esso Youtube
Kobie Dee is back with the hard-hitting new single “Same Old Sh!t”.
True to form, Kobie elevates his latest track with the unflinching vision, effortless flow and signature narrative style we’ve come to expect from this exciting young artist.
Originally written over another beat, “Same Old Sh!t” is now backed by a hefty beat from Canberra production duo The Husssh, who have also written tracks for Aussie Hip Hop heavyweights B Wise and Turquoise Prince.
The autobiographical track details Kobie’s own struggles with addiction and mental health challenges as well as broader issues commonly experienced by his community.
Kobie says of the track: “At the time I wrote this track I was dealing with a lot of things, from addiction to my mental health. The only way I knew how to express what I was going through was through my music. Today, I’m able to look back and see the growth from then until now. So much has changed, from becoming a father to getting myself sober and working on my mental health.”
‘Same Old Sh!t” is the latest single in a growing catalogue of powerful tracks that have garnered over 7 million streams to date and firmly cemented Kobie as one of the most important voices in the Australian Hip Hop scene.
The video was shot around Kobie’s local area of Matraville by Maxed Out Films.
I’m so pumped about the Loose Ends premiere all i wanna do is go to the pub and get absolutely written off but everywhere is fkn locked down 😭😭😭 thanks for all the love, it’s out at midnight on all streaming services Also, the video premiere is on YouTube at 530pm (AEST) tomorrow here – https://illyal.lnk.to/LooseEndsv I’m going to be there for the watch along and jumping on the comments. Set a reminder and I’ll see you there. Love ya heaps x
Go to Illy – Loose Ends ft. G Flip.
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The latest video from Juice WRLD’s posthumous album, Legends Never Die has been released. The visual for “Come & Go” by Juice WRLD and Marshmello, directed, shot and edited by Steve Cannon, is out now. The highly anticipated new album Legends Never Die is available now (Grade A / Interscope Records).
This week also brought a special commemorative collaboration with gaming organization FaZe Clan. FaZe Adapt and many members of FaZe were close friends with Juice WRLD and the Grade A team sharing a common love for video games and paintball. Marked by a tribute game of “Team 999 vs Team FaZe Clan” last week, the limited-edition collection is available at www.juicewrldxfazeclan.com
In April, Juice’s mother Carmela Wallace announced the establishment of the Live Free 999 Fund, which will receive additional support via Grade A and Interscope Records. The Live Free 999 Fund will honor the legacy of her son by supporting young people in their battles and to do so with love, joy, and emotional honesty. For more information on the Live Free 999 Fund see HERE.
Listen to Legends Never Die here
Social Change have been a fixture of the Adelaide Hip Hop scene for over a decade now, working closely with producer Funkwig, SC have released projects such as The V High EP, The Phat Tape and the Coming Through EP.
Internationally, Social Change have collaborated with the likes of Del The Funky Homosapien, Inkswel, Pugs Atoms, Blu, and countless other Hip Hop heavyweights and have showcased some of these collabs on the ‘Change Got Collabs Mixtape‘ available exclusively via bandcamp.
Their latest track titled ‘Top 5’ marks the next journey in the SC legacy, swift raps backed by ‘bang it in ya jeep’ beats from Funkwig. It also begs the question, who is in your Top 5?
After making her long-awaited return earlier this year with the hard hitting ‘Rosie’, Melbourne rapper SOPHIYA is back for more this week with new single ‘Chief O’ Kief’. Originating from a freestyle recording she wrote last year, SOPHIYA pays tribute to her favourite recreational herb while also going deeper in her mission to personify self-empowerment with this latest single.
Over a deep, rumbling bass, she remains as formidable as ever on the mic as she effortlessly takes aim at Melbourne’s underground rap scene. Drawing inspiration from pioneering rapper Chief Keef, SOPHIYA explained, “Chief O’ Kief is an alter ego I created that runs the streets in the underground rap scene of Melbourne. The song pays tribute to my favourite recreational herb.”
Released alongside the song is another stellar visual from SOPHIYA, taking her on a wild trip down the rabbit hole thanks to a very welcome herbal surprise. “I thought it would be perfect to release a super chill music video during these uncertain times for everyone to enjoy and de-stress,” SOPHIYA said
SOPHIYA is always one to bring her community along with her, and this clip is no different. Teaming up with models Jassyyfizzle, Babygyal, Vanessa Librea and Iannah as well as linking up with formidable dancer Xavier Gibson once again, the ‘Chief O’Kief’ video also sees SOPHIYA work with previous collaborators 76m Films X Fun Films who she worked with on the ‘White Ivory’ video, as well as Johnny Yayo who directed the video for previous single ‘Rosie’. “I thought it would be dope to fuse their styles to bring together two of Melbourne’s best filmmakers.”
New single ‘Chief O’ Kief’ also sees SOPHIYA once again in the producer seat, working alongside rising Melbourne producer HAMLEY for added co-production flair. Also teaming up again with DOPAM!NE for mixing duties, ‘Chief O’ Kief’ is an exercise in SOPHIYA’s versatility, effortlessly switching up her flow without ever missing a beat. From the addictive hook that will be stuck in your head for days, to the playful, spitfire verses she lays down like it’s no big deal, ‘Chief O’ Kief’ puts her impressive lyrical prowess on full display.
From receiving love from triple j, triple j Unearthed and tastemakers Acclaim and Purple Sneakers, to unleashing a show-stopping freestyle for Red Bull’s 64 Bars series (which sits at 500K views and counting), SOPHIYA’s brand of empowered, bold and braggadocious hip hop continues to shake things up. And there’s still plenty more to come.
First Nations artist and Blak Visionary Jimblah stops us in our tracks with ‘About These Demons’.
‘About These Demons’ drives home the grief, loss and dispossession experienced by First Nations communities at the hands of colonisers. Speaking more directly, lyrics like ‘Balanda Balanda y’all need an intervention’ and ‘y’all missed the message when you fail to see what you inherit’ ask white Australia to stop pretending things are getting better when it’s still business as usual.
What more can I possibly say, I’m exhausted. Running since I was 12, since I started noticing that the world was a very different place for me compared to the other kids. Running with a target on my back.
What these songlines represent is, we as First Peoples don’t want to see this happening, the difference is we aren’t able to just turn our backs on it. We don’t have that option. So we have to be active about confronting these demons, we have to activate in a way that is working towards this healing of Country. So many people claim they love this Country, but the truth is – they love to exploit this Country. If they really loved this Country, they would love us, & we would be side by side battling these demons together.
We need every single person who stands on this sacred Country to be activated, not just on socials, but at the dinner table, at the march, at the workplace, on the stage, in the board rooms, at parliament – that’s what true reconciliation will look like – when we are actually working together on this healing and it’s not just on the First Peoples to rid this Country of its on-going genocide and our beautiful way of being”.
With gorgeous, soulful production, Jimblah’s vocals and heart are front and centre on ‘About These Demons’. The track builds on a string of powerful releases from 2019 that speak to race politics within Australia including ‘No Clapstick’, ‘Black Paint’ and ‘House N***er’, each offering crucial guidance on the journey to decolonisation and highlighting Jimblah’s essential voice.
Freesouls deliver yet another blow with the brand new music video from their recent single ‘Living Legend’. The film clip welcomes you into their South-West Sydney lifestyle when good times are ever present. Light hearted, homegrown and vibe friendly, Freesouls stay true to their music as it pays homage to their friends and family.
The video orchestrates that feeling you get when you just want to kiss your mum and say thanks after 3 beers. Dancing for a good time, drinking with your mates and getting up to date with happiness. Something we can all agree we have missed more than anything. The clip highlights what we are so eager to be a part of once again, making it so relatable.
From the moment it launches, you are instantly drawn in by the melodic hook that quickly paints a picture of gratitude of which is the group’s intention with ‘Living Legend“. World class production combined with varied but effortless vocals, makes for a great visual and a wave of nostalgia.
Living Legend is a special release for us as it’s an ode to those who have shared this journey with us from the beginning. Our family and day 1’s have been our biggest support.”
With proven versatility as a collective, together with their live show and recorded content, we are reminded that Freesouls are a group in love with their art and it’s hard to not get excited about the trajectory they are on, and with a debut EP slated for late this year, ‘Living Legend’ presents itself as the perfect breakthrough.