KOBIE DEE RELEASES HIS NEW SINGLE “STILL STANDING” FEATURING LIYAH KNIGHT

Gamilaroi artist Kobie Dee shares his latest single “Still Standing” ft Liyah Knight. The highly anticipated track comes on the heels of his viral single “Jody”, which has accumulated over 2 million streams to date.

The 22-year-old MC has captured audiences across Australia with his effortless flows, precise delivery, and an uncanny knack for storytelling that connects deeply with his listeners. In his short time on the scene, Kobie has quickly become one of the most important voices in Australian hip hop.

Kobie Dee’s latest offering is a heartfelt and profoundly moving track about the hard-hitting topics of the Stolen Generation, January 26th, and challenges experienced by Aboriginal people. Kobie says of his latest track:

“The first verse I actually wrote in 2016 after invasion day, and the second I finished at the beginning of this year. The song is about the Stolen Generation and some of the issues that we face as Aboriginal people. My great grandfather was taken from his parents in Wreck Bay. I personally couldn’t imagine how much that would have hurt to be taken from your parents and away from your culture. It is something that makes me sad when I look at my daughter because I couldn’t live if I had her taken from me.”

The song was produced by Ascent Beats and features the rising singer/songwriter Liyah Knight, whose tender vocals play the perfect counterpart to the rawness of Kobie’s lyrics.

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Australia’s Top 10 in 2019

With another year come and gone full of great releases, we take a quick look back at the year for hip-hop down under in Australia. It proved to be an exceptionally strong one and perhaps the year that hip hop from Australia truly broke out to significant mainstream recognition internationally. Below are ten of the biggest film clips from ten artists who left their mark on hip hop from Australia in 2019.

HP Boyz (Melbourne)

Hooligan Hefs (Sydney)

LISI (Brisbane)

ChillinIT (Sydney)

Kerser (Sydney)

Youngn Lipz (Sydney)

Complete (Perth)

Mitchos Da Menace (Sydney)

That Kid Kearve (Sydney)

Wombat (Tasmania)

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Australia’s Bmike Independently Releases “No Fakes” Featuring Dax

Hip-hop’s definitely reach around the world and back in the last four decades, birthing variations bound by culture. For South African-born, Australian-raised artist Bmike, studying the greats of the 90s and early 00s gave him the blueprint and the hustle to build a loyal fanbase.

After 13 million views on YouTube for his latest single “Anxiety,” Bmike has found himself thriving in a fanbase without the press and returning with his latest single, “No Fakes,” alongside Dax.

Born and raised in South Africa, reared by Australia and flexing his skills to American audiences. Bmike is displaying what has taken him across the world several times and partnered him with all audiences. His work has displayed storytelling, an understanding of culture, and being able to tap into the world while representing Black Heart Gang. Black Heart Gang is a theme that his music fits into while doubling as a platform for other artists.

Mike grew up in South Africa and studied The Source, using it as a blueprint for his own releases.  His latest is “No Fakes,” detailing that he can do it on his own, without a machine and being the point guard of his own situation. The release partners him with Dax, providing a cinematic experience you can experience from a Netflix production.

You can see the video for the Tunna Beatz produced track below.

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Digable Planets Set For Debut Australian Tour

Legendary Hip-Hop trio Digable Planets make their way down to Australia and New Zealand for the very time next month for a string of highly anticipated shows.

Consisting of Butter Fly, Ladybug Mecca, and Doodlebug, Digable Planets are of course most notable for the two classic albums they released in the 90s – the successful crossover debut Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) in early 1993 on  Pendulum/Elektra Records and Blowout Comb in late 1994. Their heavily jazz inspired debut album was initially self-produced in-house by Butter Fly clocking in just shy of an hour. It featured no guest appearances and their debut single “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” released in late 1992 would go on to win a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

Both the album and lead single charted well internationally, and both went Gold in America. The group went on a hiatus the year after, with all going on to work on various projects individually.

Digable Planets followed up their successful debut with the critically acclaimed yet ultimately not as commercially successful “Blowout Comb”. The release featured notable appearances from the late Guru of Gang Starr, Jeru The Damaja and DJ Jazzy Joyce amongst significant original music credits. While the album both the singles from the album “9th Wonder (Blackitolism)” and “Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies)” failed to attract widespread mainstream success at the time, the release has go on to be a widely considered classic and seminal mid-90s album which captured a certain vibe of Brooklyn at the time.

The group reformed in 2005 and released the compilation album Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles, a remastered best-of album largely with the notable addition of two new tracks and remixes. Creative differences led to a break in late 2012 for the group, before again reforming in 2015 and embarking on a series of tours and releasing a live album in 2017. Now 25 years since the release of Blowout Comb, Australian and New Zealand fans have the opportunity to witness the Digable Planets experience live and direct with a full band as they take in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland just before Christmas.

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NOOKY DROPS DEBUT EP ‘JUNCTION COURT’

NOOKY DROPS DEBUT EP ‘JUNCTION COURT’

Friday October 11

“The white cockatoo, Nyalwal flew through the fire and was badly hurt, injured & burned… but he made it out the other side. As he was flying over the river he noticed his reflection and was horrified at what he saw, but when he returned to his community, the people celebrated him. He went through the fire and experienced all that pain but he came out wiser, stronger, bigger, faster and matured. He was badly scarred, but he was a better version of himself. Junction Court is based on this story; it’s me going through the fire. It starts and ends with the same track, because I haven’t made it out yet. I’m still dealing with things.” 

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Today, Yuin MC and esteemed Australian rapper Nooky shares his debut EP Junction Court, out on October 11 via Bad Apples Music. The 7-track journey stems from moments of heartache and loss to the personal trials and tribulations that have followed, delivered through the lens of his political eye, complex wordplay and rich Indigenous pride.

Paying tribute to his hometown stomping ground by name, Junction Court brings to light the frustration and helplessness faced at a time of grievous loss, meanwhile drawing attention to the everyday battles experienced by fellow First Nations People. Nooky claws for survival amid all-consuming struggles from past and present, grappling with ongoing social, political and personal turmoil to deliver a snapshot of life in its rawest form through his most refined sound and honest rhymes yet. Balancing between heated energy and softer moments, the series of tracks leave no stone unturned as he delves into his own introspection while facing paradoxes between feeling incomplete and belonging to a broader community binded in heritage.

The black cockatoo creation story (mentioned above) lends lessons in hardship, lasting wounds and resilience and seep into the foundation of opening track “Nowa Nowa pt.1 Selway”. A poignant eulogy, Nooky confides in a lost mentor and loved one, with stings laid bare as his voice breaks beneath weights of hurt, while the chorus recognises strength in the fire and smoke that transformed the white cockatoo into the majestic blackness.

“Charged Up” pulls Nooky into a new legion of his own, capped with world class production matching the natural vocal ferocity he comes alive in. Fuelled in fury and vice, Nooky bares explosive emotion culminating in a fierce call out to the birthplace that has shaped him. “PS2” pokes fun with cheeky humour upfront, before unleashing a pungent metaphor for life’s games. Returning single “Numb” next steps to the plate, broadening Nooky’s unapologetic attitude while taking another step back from signature fiery lyrics to honest words, dips in trap production and a gripping insight into first-hand facets of addiction. Unpacking moments at the brink of emotion when substances are used for numbing the pains within, Nooky draws attention to the blessings of the medicine that’s turned to.

The hard-hitting beats and layered vocals of “Liberty City” pay respect to the cities he’s called home and the independence they’ve bestowed (while giving a shout out to classic Grand Theft Auto), before “CUZN” channels intricate wordplay with a profound expression, highlighting the trials and tribulations of being a young, misunderstood Indigenous Australian. Calling out issues of youth incarceration and taking swings at injustice while speaking to his own lost cousin, Nooky shines a light on the cultural bonds that stand behind the track’s title term for kinship.

Drawing to a close, “Nowa Nowa pt.2 Lucas” completes the last stanzas of his eloquent poem, signing off a tribute to another lost friend who’s bond ties back to his early days in Nowra. While seeking out the moments one gets lost on a strayed pathway, Nooky rests in his state of no resolution unsure of where to go next, while screeches of birds and haunting sirens chase his words.

Accompanying the release is a powerful extended visual for the EP’s opening and closing tracks “Nowa Nowa pt. 1 Selway” and “Nowa Nowa pt. 2 Lucas”, as well as news of upcoming EP launch shows. Nooky will first hit Melbourne’s Grace Darling on Sunday, October 20 before firing up the walls of Waywards in Sydney on Friday, October 25 and taking to his hometown for a very special performance at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on Saturday, November 16.

Nooky first burst onto the music scene in 2010 when he moved from coastal hometown Nowra to Sydney and quickly gained attention for his unmatched rhymes and technical rap style. After receiving international recognition following a chance meeting with Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, he next took home the Australia Council’s Dreaming Prize for young Indigenous artists in 2016 before going on to release his debut solo single “Black Future” on Bad Apples Music in 2018. Nooky has appeared on tracks with B Wise, P Smurf, Birdz, Manu Crooks and more, plus featured his second solo track “Blackfellas” on 2019’s Deadly Hearts 2 compilation album alongside Dan Sultan, Electric Fields, Tia Gostelow and more. Also an esteemed producer, he has curated the behind the scenes on tracks from Birdz, Caiti Baker and Tasman Keith. Nooky’s initial EP singles “Numb”, premiered on triple j, and “CUZN” have been met with widespread praise from FilterZine, Acclaim, Pilerats and more, setting the scene for a compelling collection in store.

Outside of the studio, Nooky’s name has been built on the energetic shows he delivers alive and proud in his blackness while firm in every word’s ferocity. Across his career, Nooky has shaken the stage with multiple high profile Australian artists, opening for UrthboyA.B. OriginalJimblahThe Daily Meds, as well as touring consistently alongside his mentor Briggs. A fierce advocate for championing black excellence, Nooky has positioned his music and voice at the forefront of conversations around changing the date and educating others on the Nation’s true history.

Set apart in style and raw substance, Junction Court steps into a junction of life to shine a light on the unspoken toils of the human experience. Glimpsing into a certain long-standing legacy in the making, don’t miss tuning into Junction Court today.

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JUNCTION COURT TRACKLIST
1. Nowa Nowa pt. 1 Selway
2. Charged Up
3. PS2
4. Numb
5. Liberty City
6. CUZN
7. Nowa Nowa pt. 2 Lucas

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NOOKY PULLS NO PUNCHES WITH NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “CUZN”

“CUZN” sees the proud Yuin man channel his intricate wordplay with a profound expression, highlighting the trials and tribulations of being a young, misunderstood Indigenous Australian. Calling out issues of youth incarceration and injustice, Nooky shines a light on the cultural bonds that stand behind the track’s title term for kinship. Directed by JÁEN, the accompanying video features Nooky unapologetically laying down his fiery, politically-charged lyrics before a meeting of family, friends and peers as he ignites their shared passion for the causes being brought to light.

Originally from the New South Wales coastal town of Nowra, Nooky first burst onto the music scene in 2010 when he moved gained attention for his unmatched rhymes and technical rap style. After receiving international recognition following a chance meeting with Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, he next took home the Australia Council’s Dreaming Prize for young Indigenous artists in 2016 before going on to release his debut solo single “Black Future” on Bad Apples Music in 2018. Nooky has appeared on tracks with B Wise, P Smurf, Birdz, Sonboy, Manu Crooks and more, plus featured his second solo track “Blackfellas” on 2019’s Deadly Hearts 2 compilation album alongside Dan Sultan, Electric Fields, Busby Marou, Tia Gostelow and more. Not slowing down there, he is also an esteemed producer, having curated the behind the scenes on tracks from Birdz, Caiti Baker and Tasman Keith. Nooky’s latest release “Numb”, premiered on triple j, was met with widespread praise from FilterZine, Acclaim and more, paving the way for exciting music to come.

Outside of the studio, Nooky’s name has been built on the energetic shows he delivers alive and proud in his blackness while firm in every word’s ferocity. Across his career, Nooky has shaken the stage with multiple high profile Australian artists, opening for UrthboyA.B. OriginalJimblahThe Daily Meds, as well as touring consistently alongside his mentor Briggs. A fierce advocate for championing black excellence, Nooky has positioned his music and voice at the forefront of conversations around changing the date and educating others on the Nation’s true history.

With a deeply impactful and unique debut EP in the bank, set to be unleashed soon, don’t miss catching a glimpse as Nooky climbs to new heights in 2019.

 “CUZN” OUT FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20
JUNCTION COURT EP OUT FRIDAY OCTOBER 11
VIA BAD APPLES MUSIC

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Charlotte Harrison // [email protected]

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NEW MUSIC FROM NOOKY – “NUMB”

Acclaimed Yuin MC Nooky returns today with his new single “Numb”, out via Bad Apples Music. The track arrives with a visual partner bringing to life the strikingly transparent lyricism Nooky is consistently praised for.

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The power of Nooky’s music is not confined to his own introspection and self-therapeutic benefits, rather it acts as both a tool soothing his own anger as well as reaching others to make a social and political point. Premiered on Triple J’s Good Nights“Numb” broadens Nooky’s unapologetic attitude while taking a step back from his signature fiery lyrics and drawing focus to his honest words, a dip in trap production and warped beats courtesy of collaborator Solo. Speaking to its name, the track explores the facets of addiction, unpacking moments at the brink of emotion when substances are turned to for numbing pain. Filmed at Sydney’s The Lord Gladstone and premiered by FilterZine, the accompanying video morphs these sentiments into a hazy night out, with dizzying scenes mimicking the effect of alcohol and resulting disjointed feelings of numbness.

Nooky says of the single: “Numb is a side of me that I don’t usually show, it’s something that I have hidden for quite some time, it’s about turning to substance abuse to numb the pain when you are finding it hard to face your problems. Music was my healing, it was my release, but sometimes I needed to escape my escape and just be numb to my emotions and thoughts but the next day shit’s still the same and if anything it put a hindrance on my healing.”

Nooky burst onto the scene in 2010, after moving from southern coastal town Nowra to Sydney and gaining attention for his unmatched rhymes and technical rap style. After making a name for himself in his new hometown, the multidisciplinary artist first received international recognition on a chance meeting with Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, next flying to LA to collaborate on a track. In 2016, he took home the Australia Council’s Dreaming Prize for young Indigenous artists, before going on to release his debut solo single “Black Future” in 2018. Nooky has appeared on tracks with B Wise, P Smurf, Birdz, Sonboy, Manu Crooks and more, plus featured his second solo track “Blackfellas” on 2019’s Deadly Hearts 2 compilation album, shining a light on Indigenous music, culture and identity alongside Dan Sultan, Electric Fields, Busby Marou, Tia Gostelow and more. Not slowing down there, Nooky is also an esteemed producer, having curated the behind the scenes on tracks from Birdz, Caiti Baker and Tasman Keith.

Source: BadApplesMusic.com

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BAD APPLES MUSIC PRESENT – SNOTTY NOSE RES KIDS (CANADA)

We are excited to today announce we will be hosting Canadian Indigenous hip hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids across a weekend of FREE shows from 6-8 September, supported by some of our own talented local artists including NookyKobie Dee and Alice Skye as well as special guest acts Lady Lash and Ridzy.

In the country for BIGSOUND, Snotty Nose Rez Kids are the combined talents of Yung Trybez and Young D, hailing from the Haisla Nation of British Columbia. Their trap beats and woven lyricism pay homage to their upbringing, while also touching upon larger themes related to Indigenous identity, politics and resistance.

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NEW PHILLY – BROWN SKIN

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Today, award-winning Australian rapper and hip-hop sensation, Philly shares his latest single and video, “Brown Skin” feat. Waari, out via Bad Apples Music. As the first artist signed to Bad Apples back in 2016, today’s release signals the return of new music in 2019 from the Mildura raised, Naarm based MC.

Celebrating heritage, the video sees Philly and Waari champion their indigenous culture, showering adoration and respect for the powerful indigenous female figures in their lives. A playfully colourful and uplifting visual, “Brown Skin” showcases Philly’s mellow bars with Waari’s dreamy vocals, guided gently by an acoustic guitar melody that further spotlights the masterful pairing of their combined talents. Imbued with deep appreciation of their “Black Queen”, Philly uses “Brown Skin” to highlight the unparalleled strength of Indigenous Australian women across all generations and as Bad Apples continuously does, promote black excellence across the nation.

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‘THE AUSSIE BBQ’ Set to Hit NYC Saturday with Tkay Maidza, A. B. Original and More

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.

Tkay Maidza

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

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.

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