Illy – Then What – Official Music Video

‘Then What’ is out now:

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Director: Ryan Sauer
Produced by: HAUS PARTY
Cinematographer: Steven Abdilla
Production Designer: Nikki Barba
Editor: Ryan Sauer

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Premiere: Downsyde take a trip down ‘Memory Lane’ in their excellent, feel-good new video


The WA hip hop heroes have a few big shows coming up to round out the year.

Last year saw the release of Perth hip hop legends Downsyde’s much-loved latest album, ClassicILL, and today we’re stoked to close out the loop by premiering the new video from its last single, Memory Lane. As the title suggests, the song is a fun, ubpeat look back on their storied 20 year career in Australia hip hop, a time that’s seen five acclaimed albums, a heap of awards, huge tours…the lot. And the video serves that time justice, featuring plenty of archival footage of the group’s good times over the past couple of decades.

You can celebrate with the fellas this Friday when they play a HUGE show at Jack Rabbit Slim’s joined by a massive cast of mates, along with a few other upcoming shows to round out the year – check out the full run below:


Sat 13 Oct – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth w/ Chisenga, The Manhattan Project, Call The Coroner, Bluntfield, Penny Purr (EP Launch), Modern Day Crisis, Lucid Reality, LAYBL, Audacious & Richo Kidd

Sat 20 Oct – Noisy Healer Festival, Muswellbrook w/ WAAX, Hockey Dad + more

Fri 16 Nov – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (as part of SBX)

Sat 17 Nov – Zhivago, Adelaide (supporting Mad Child)

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Local rapper Optamus gives back through hip-op rehabilitation at Casuarina Prison

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Scott ‘Optamus’ Griffiths – his MC name is about the positive and he also likes the Transformers. Picture: Jon Hewson.

HIP hop is about the downtrodden.

Through that sentiment, a local hip hop artist has turned it into a rehabilitative force for good for some of the most downtrodden and discarded members of our society: inmates at Casuarina Prison.

Scott ‘Optamus’ Griffiths has run a hip hop program at Casuarina for 15 inmates since the start of the year.

It is an accredited Tafe course that’s proving to be a powerful and healing tool for the rehabilitation of inmates.

“It’s about reflecting diverse voices and about making that positive,” he said.

“It’s based around lyric writing, narratives, the journey in and out of the prison system, talking about emotions and the music.

“It covers everything: sound production, mixing, lyric writing and song composition.”

Each inmate is allowed to use a laptop and set of headphones to create their own hip hop tunes.

Held every Wednesday, classes are started with a freestyling session where inmates have to improvise around a speaker.

“It’s quite challenging to get up in front of others but that breaks down the fear of performance,” Griffiths said. “It also builds self-esteem and creates a bond between myself and the guys.”

Griffiths did not fear going to the maximum-security prison.

“As a rapper walking into a class – it’s the same as walking into a class anywhere – there has to be a bond with the class from the start,” he said.

Dubbing it ‘hip hop pedagogy’ Griffiths said it had become a worldwide movement for dealing with prisoners.

“There is a real therapeutic value to lyric writing and beat work is a proven therapy,” he said.

“Studies have shown that the repetition of beat works with trauma therapy, along with the low bass tones of hip hop.

“One key thing is prevention and taking a three- pronged approach.

“Prevention, rehabilitation and release/re-integration, so they don’t fall into recidivism.

“People think just about the crime committed; there is always a bigger picture and a lot has to do with childhood trauma.

“Then these (human) time bombs are created.

“In the sober light of day, these guys want to do the right thing and they are very, very remorseful.

“The program helps break down the walls they normally face and gives them common ground.

“And it’s about having fun.”

Griffiths is one of the founding members of Australian hip hop band Downsyde.

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Thundamentals – I Love Songs – Out Now

Hip-hop heavyweights Thundamentals – Tuka, Jeswon and DJ Morgs – bring you their fifth album, ‘I Love Songs’, their most progressive full-length yet. Fans of the group will be familiar with their frequent political commentary, but in the midst of an increasingly turbulent society, Thundamentals have decided to focus their album on what’s been lost amongst the chaos: Love. As a result, ‘I Love Songs’ is an intensely personal listen, focusing on love in its varying forms, and showing Thundamentals’ undeniable writing ability in a more intimate light. With the subject matter at hand, it’s no surprise that this is Thundamentals’ most effortless album, and their quickest to complete. ‘I Love Songs’ explores the isolation and broken romances that happen behind the scenes, away from the sold-out crowds and star-studded festivals. It’s an album of stark contrast, and brutally honest introspection that yearns for something more. Buy on iTunesAmazonEbay Get it on Google Play
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Royce da 5’9 Touring Australia

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Hip-Hop’s Legendary Detroit lyricist ROYCE 5’9” First Ever Australian Headline Shows!

No other rapper from Detroit has been as prolific as Royce 5’9″ when it comes to releasing music.  In addition to his solo work, over the span of his career, Royce has collaborated with long-time friend Eminem as a member of Bad Meets Evil, been a member of the lyrical assassins known as Slaughterhouse and DJ Premier as a member of PRhyme.


‘’Royce proved why he is Top 5 Dead or Alive. Incredible’’


‘’It was my first time seeing Royce perform, and the man nailed damn near every word in every verse he spit’’

Sypher Sights

’His flow is always great, and lyrically he’s one of the best out there’’


Royce always delivers: his technical ability — flow, breath control — lyrics and rhyming schemes remain impressive

University Observer


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21 Dec – Max Watts Melbourne View Tickets

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