‘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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ALICE SKYE SIGNS TO BAD APPLES MUSIC




ALICE SKYE SIGNS TO BAD APPLES MUSIC

AHEAD OF PERFORMING AT MELBOURNE MUSEUM’S NOCTURNAL SERIES WITH BRIGGS ON JULY 5

Wergaia woman and one of Australia’s brightest songwriters, Alice Skye today joins the nation’s leading label for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, Bad Apples Music. To celebrate the news, Alice Skye will perform alongside Bad Apples label founder Briggs, at Melbourne Museum’s upcoming Nocturnal event on July 5 for NAIDOC Week.

Born in Western Victoria and now based in Narrm (Melbourne), Alice has been working hard over the past couple of years, touring her 2018 debut album Friends with Feelings with childhood friends and bandmates, Sam and Kane King. A combination of hopeful and haunting, Alice’s sound combines dreamy vocals and stripped back piano melodies, elevating the gentle moodiness of her songwriting, transforming her once bedroom scribblings into well-crafted and articulated lyrics on love, loss and life. Alice Skye on signing to Bad Apples Music:

“I usually overthink things until I can’t make a decision but taking the steps to sign to Bad Apples Music just made sense to me. They have been so supportive and generous to me since we first met. It does feel ironic to be among such staunch and strong rappers when that is quite opposite of what I am, but I love the idea that there can be staunchness in shyness and that Bad Apples believe in that too.

I have such admiration for Briggs’ and the way he navigates this industry – and I love the space he and the team at Bad Apples have created for first nations artists in this country. The music industry is a wild and sometimes overwhelming place, so having people that prioritse community and operate like family back me and believe in me is a real dream. I’m so happy to be working with people who are as excited about me releasing new stuff as I am.”

Joining the news of today’s signing, Alice announces she will perform at Melbourne Museum’s monthly returning Nocturnal event series on July 5, headlined by Briggs. Returning for NAIDOC Week this July, the adults only after-dark event will take over the museum’s forest gallery to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

An enduring commitment to nurturing artists and providing platforms for excellence in the music sector, Bad Apples Music continues to grow as Australia’s most prolific Aboriginal record label. Founded by Briggs, the label maintains a foundational objective in using music as a platform for social change and educating and fostering the talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Briggs on the signing:

“I’m proud that Alice Skye has found a home with Bad Apples Music. Wergaia woman Alice brings an immense talent, honesty and unique perspective with her that I believe will only take her to further success. I’ve watched Alice grow as an artist over the last 2 years and it’s been Strength to strength. Alice’s songwriting & performance is top tier and it won’t take long before she is recognised as one of our countries best.

Bad Apples Music strives to create pathways represent our vast communities and talents as best as possible in the most genuine way. Supporting artists outside of the Hip-Hop is a first step for us but it is a considered and informed one.”

Don’t miss attending Nocturnal on July 5 to witness Bad Apples Music’s newest signing, Alice Skye.

ALICE SKYE
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UPCOMING SHOWS

Friday July 5 – Nocturnal, Melbourne Museum (TIX HERE)

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NEW ARTIST SIGNING – KOBIE DEE WITH NEW SINGLE – “JODY”




Today, upcoming Gamilaroi artist Kobie Dee shares his latest track, “Jody”. As one of the most exciting new voices emerging in the Australian hip hop scene, today’s release arrives alongside the news that Kobie joins the nation’s leading label for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, Bad Apples Music. 

At just 21-years-old, Kobie Dee has an innate gift for story-telling and connecting with young people, and in “Jody” he delivers yet another powerful track. Pairing fiercely tight rhymes with a natural flow, the MC’s raw, honest and effortless lyrical talent is strikingly captivating. Guided by a strong but gentle beat, “Jody” puts the singer/songwriter under his own spotlight, drawing the nation’s attention to the Bad Apples signee as an undisputed rising star. A career highlight to date, Kobie stepped into the booth for triple j’s Bars Of Steel, which not only inspired the track itself but also saw a surge of support from the industry and fans alike as it became one of the most successful episodes to date, with over 320k views and counting. Kobie Dee on the single:

“Jody is a story about three boys who were brought up in broken homes which led them down the wrong path. Dealt a bad hand in life they are easily persuaded to make some bad decisions. I wrote this song to highlight some of the things that go on in this city.”

Alongside the release of “Jody”, Kobie excitedly shares that he will join the roster at Australia’s most prolific Aboriginal record label, Bad Apples Music. Founded by Briggs, the label maintains a foundational objective in using music as a platform for social change, educating and fostering the talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Also providing guidance through high level production and navigating the cultural and social issues that fuel their inspiring art, the signing is a seamless match with Kobie Dee, who has been putting pen to paper since age 9. Briggs on the signing:

“He is an exciting young artist. He shows amazing skill in the fundamentals of hip-hop, especially story telling which I feel is a big part missing in hip-hop and music at the moment. We are excited to see Kobie’s growth and to help him achieve what’s next in his career. “

With just a couple of tracks released and a handful of freestyle videos floating around, Kobie has found a loyal following, with an accumulated 700k views across Facebook and Youtube. Generating a buzz from day one, his first two official singles “Right Now” and “This Life” captured the attention of fans and industry heavyweights alike. As an artist, Kobie Dee is deeply engaged with his community through live performance and youth mentoring programs, where his passion for his culture and people is inspiring new generations.

Focused on creating new music to further cement his hip-hop career, todays release sees Kobie continue to impress and exceed expectations. With an appearance at Briggs’ Bad Apples House Partyand an already solid fan-base across Australia, “Jody” is just the beginning for Kobie Dee as he sets out to make his mark on 2019 with Bad Apples Music backing him along the way.

“JODY” OUT FRIDAY MAY 24 VIA BAD APPLES MUSIC

KOBIE DEE
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Check out Kobie performing JODY live on triple j’s Bars Of Steele

Source: BadApplesMusic.com

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BRIGGS CURATES INAUGURAL FIRST NATIONS SONG HUBS




A week ago today, a collection of the world’s best First Nations creatives, songwriters, producers and MC’s gathered at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios in Melbourne to commence the 1st First Nations Song Hubs – an APRA AMCOS program proudly supported by Creative Victoria.

The camp consisted of four days of songwriting collaboration with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, and Pasifika songwriters and musicians with international guests. Each artist was placed in a studio each day, with a different forumla of Singwriter, Topliner and Producer to “Create Bangers” (Briggs’ orders!)

The week was filled with collaboration, friendship and creating some great music. Some of which will be released at the determination of each artist.

Curated by rapper, APRA Music Award-winning songwriter, and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Briggs, the camp  was attended by the world’s best First Nations artists including:

SONGHUBS FIRST NATIONS PARTICIPANTS
Curator:
Briggs (Yorta Yorta)

International guest writers:
Renata Flores (Quechua, Peru)
Tufawon (Dakota/Boricua, Turtle Island)

APRA AMCOS guest writers: 
10A (Aotearoa)
Alice Skye (Wergaia/Wemba Wemba)
Birdz (Butchulla)
Naomi Wenitong (Kabi Kabi)

PARTICIPANTS
Ladi6
Frank Eliesa
Nooky
Madi Colville Walker
Ziggy Ramo
Rebecca Hatch
Savage
Benny Walker
Mitch Tambo
Keyhoo
The Merinda’s
Lady Lash
Ridzy Ray
Scott Darwlow
Rachael Lia
Maylene Slater-Burns
Robert K Champion
Desmond Mase
Francois

Check out all the photos here

A message from Minister Foley:

Source: BadApplesMusic.com

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BIRDZ SHARES HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PLACE OF DREAMS EP




Rising hip-hop star, Birdz today shares his highly anticipated Place Of Dreams EP, out via Bad Apples Music. To coincide with the seven-track release, the NT-raised, Melbourne-based rapper shares the latest single and video “Black Child” feat. Mojo Juju, available to watch now and premiered on Acclaim.

The visual accompaniment for “Black Child” features cameo appearances from well-loved artists Alice Skye, Kaiit and guest artist Mojo Juju, set within an elaborate, colourful and vast manor. The thought inducing lyrics pull you inwards with every verse, while the visuals redefine Euro-centric, Renaissance vignettes with bold, empowered First Nations People. The clip has recreated these images by highlighting the power and beauty of community – a new art that speaks to a hopeful future for the First Nations experience.

Bad Apples Music are at the forefront of championing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island musicians around Australia, with Birdz’ latest body of work no exception. Never one to sugar coat his lyrics nor creating stories for listening comfort, Birdz speaks truthfully and proudly to his past and present experiences, his lyrical talent and endless enthusiasm evident across his fusion of rap and singing.

Opening with “Black Child” feat. Mojo Juju, Place Of Dreams goes on to introduce “My Name”, a rap-sing fusion of bolded beats produced by label mate Nooky, with a youthful melody and serious undertones. A recurring theme across the EP, Birdz masterfully explores his agenda through allusion and the coercion of bright and poignant production. “Problem” addresses the naysayers against Black progress, before leading towards recently released single “On The Run”, and hope-inducing “Stars”feat. Serina Pech“Reasons” explores everyday motivations, before closing out with lead single, “Place of Dreams” feat. Ecca Vandal.
A commanding storyteller, Birdz weaves direct messages on social injustices between the clever production, and the EP’s artwork. Birdz on the artwork:
“The artwork reflects the harsh realities I address in the music. The juxtaposition of the kitsch style illustration and graphic imagery exposes ignorant Australia’s attitude towards the ongoing plight of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. I really wanted the artwork to be able to stand on its own and hit as hard as the music does”

Birdz wowed crowds earlier this year at headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne, as the EP’s previous singles “Place Of Dreams” and “On The Run” led to Complex naming him “one of the most exciting rappers in the Australian scene right now”. Since releasing his 2017 debut album Train of Thought, Birdz has captured support from community radio, triple j and triple j unearthed for his unwavering passion and commitment to his craft. Awarded Best Independent Hip-Hop Album at the 2018 AIR Awards, Birdz has consistently found himself in the company of greatness, having performing across renowned Australian festivals such as Woodford, Sprung Festival, The Hills Are Alive, St Kilda Festival, Groovin the Moo and 2018’s Bad Apples showcase at Melbourne’s CHANGES Music Industry Summit, and appearing on stage with the likes of J.I.D., Briggs, Sampa The Great, Loyle Carner, The Funkoars, and Thundamentals.

Birdz today surpasses all expectations easily, finally sharing his awaited Place Of Dreams EP. A seven-track release of heart-felt, hard-hitting themes on matters Birdz cares most for as an advocate and masterful lyricist for positive change, don’t delay in listening today.

PLACE OF DREAMS IS OUT TODAY VIA BAD APPLES MUSIC
BUY/STREAM HERE

“BLACK CHILD” FEAT. MOJO JUJU OUT NOW
WATCH HERE

BIRDZ
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BRIGGS ‘LIFE IS INCREDIBLE’ TOUR




You can catch Briggs performing across the country in May and June which includes a one-off show as part of Vivid Festival with his ‘Bad Apples Music House Party’ at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday May 30. The event will see Briggs take Australia’s most prestigious stage with some of the best Indigenous talent including electro-soul (and Eurovision contenders) duo Electric Fields, rising star The Kid Laroi, Melbourne based Birdz, Brisbane rapper Jesswar, and many more.

Full dates and venues below:

Sunday 26th May – Canberra Theatre, Canberra – tickets Here

Thursday 30th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney – tickets Here

Saturday 1st June – Kulin Dreaming, Wyndham Vale – Free Entry

Thursday 13th June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – tickets Here

Sunday 16th June – Darwin Supercars, Darwin – tickets Here

 

’Life Is Incredible’ is out now through Island Records – available Here

Check out the film clip here:

Rapper, actor and comedy writer BRIGGS will release an all-star Indigenous video for his brand-new single ‘LIFE IS INCREDIBLE’.

The single ‘LIFE IS INCREDIBLE’ has already been compared to Jordan Peele’s hit horror film Get Out, in that it starts pleasantly then throws a curveball that doubles as a social critique. The video continues this formula as Briggs satirically takes on the issue of Indigenous life expectancy.

“Indigenous life expectancy is a heavy and complicated issue, so I wanted to bring attention to it in a new, interesting way that is just 3mins. I’ve always been a fan of the horror genre and it lends perfectly for this.”

We follow Briggs as he checks into the affluent retirement home known as ‘Whitehaven’. Considering the short life expectancy of Indigenous Australians, Briggs feels at 32 years of age it is time to enjoy his twilight years. At first it appears to be the type of retirement home any working professional would be comfortable leaving their parent to spend their final years; however, we soon see a string of untimely deaths.

Briggs called upon his dearest friends to be systematically killed off throughout the video including footy greats Adam Goodes, Michael O’Loughlin and George Rose, prolific playwright Nakkiah Lui and actor Shari Sebbens Sapphires. Briggs found it wasn’t hard to get them on board,

“The video’s message around Indigenous life expectancy really resonated with everyone I approached so they were on board no matter how I planned to kill them off.”

Filming occurred at an eclectic array of Sydney venues including the Marrickville and Clovelly Bowling Clubs and the School Of Practical Philosophy. Briggs’ vision was brought to life by rising Indigenous talent Dylan River, the son of director Warwick Thornton and cinematographer for the award-winning Sweet Country.

His first new solo material since the 2014 critically acclaimed ‘Sheplife’, Life Is Incredible’ is lifted from forthcoming Album number four from Briggs due out late in 2019.  Stay tuned for more details.

Source: BadApplesMusic.com

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Lil Mosey Announces Extended International Tour

Seventeen-year-old rapper Lil Mosey has announced a tour of Australia and New Zealand to finish off his extensive Northsbest World Tour, which will continue to spread across America before venturing back to Canada and then off to Europe.

It represents a whirlwind nine months since his major breakthrough of his single “Noticed” directed by Cole Bennet on Lyrical Lemonade. Lil Mosey made his initial breakthrough in November 2016 in his home town of Seattle as a then 14-year old and releasing his first music to significant success via Soundcloud and YouTube, quickly amassing tens of millions of plays.

He has since released his debut 11-track studio album “Northsbest” last October on Interscope Records featuring Memphis’s BlocBoy JB and features the hit singles “Noticed” and “Yoppa” – both produced by Royce David. The album which charted strongly in America as well as widely throughout Europe acted as a follow up to his 2017 mixtape NorthsBest. Lil Mosey has toured with the likes of Smooky MarGielaa, Lil Tjay, Juice Wrld, YBN Cordae and Smokepurpp as well as the festival circuit.

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YBN Nahmir Announces Debut Australian and New Zealand Tour

Founder of the YBN collective YBN Nahmir makes his way down to Australia and New Zealand next month for the very first time to play a string of headline shows after a whirlwind 18 months. Performing across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and then Auckland represents another major international move for the still teenage superstar from Alabama who has already managed two Platinum-selling singles, as well as a Top 20 charting mixtape with fellow YBN core members YBN Almighty Jay and YBN Cordae.

Influenced by West Coast legends including E-40, Eazy-E, Tupac, and Bone Thugs N Harmony, YBN Nahmir come up was unique in that he largely developed the early stages of his music career through online video games and social media. Currently signed to Atlantic Records, YBN Nahmir has since collaborated with the likes of Yo Gotti, G-Eazy, Wiz Khalifa, G Herbo, Blac Youngsta, Wifisfuneral, Chris Brown, Gucci Mane, Machine Gun Kelly and Cuban Doll amongst many others.

Currently, on tour with the infamous Bhad Bhabie throughout America before heading down for his Australasian tour, YBN Nahmir then turns back home to America and has a Canadian tour already scheduled for later this year. Eager to prove he is more than just a one or two hit wonder.

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NEW BRIGGS – LIFE IS INCREDIBLE




Power house rapper and Australian Hip Hop Pioneer BRIGGS has announced the release of his brandnew single‘LIFE IS INCREDIBLE’, available today through Island Records.

His first new solo material since the 2014 critically acclaimed ‘Sheplife’, Briggs says ‘Life Is Incredible’ is…

‘Taking into context the disparity in the mortality rate between Indigenous Australians and White Australians. Where Aboriginal people are faced with a life expectancy that barely matches up to what white people consider ‘Middle Aged’  – we pose the question, Is it OK to be white? It’s Incredible to be white! One could argue it’s advantageous, even a privilege to be white.’

Awarded APRA
songwriter of the Year in 2018, Briggs
recorded ‘Life
Is Incredible’
in LA during an APRA SongHubs session.  An initiative that
partners emerging and established songwriters and producers, the single features
Greg Holden on the hook with the track produced by New Zealander Troy Samuela.

Born and raised in Shepparton, it has taken Yorta Yorta man Briggs no less than a decade to make
his mark as one of the country’s most diverse talents in media, music and
comedy. From an
ARIA-dominating rap career, to the regular stints in LA writing rooms, to his
most recent role as founder and owner of his own Indigenous hip hop record
label, Bad Apples Music.

With a long list of mixtape and guest appearances, three solo albums,
and 2017’s multi-award-winning A.B
Original
record ‘Reclaim Australia’
Briggs has for many years been a
household name for his music alone.

The
brand new single ‘Life Is Incredible’
is lifted from forthcoming Album number four from Briggs due out late in 2019.  Stay tuned for more details.

You can catch Briggs performing
a one-off show as part of Vivid Festival with his ‘Bad Apples Music House Party’ at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday May 30. The event will see Briggs on stage beside electro-soul
(and Eurovision contenders) duo Electric Fields, New Zealand’s
game-changing hip-hop artist David Dallas, rising star The Kid Laroi,
Melbourne based Birdz, Brisbane rapper Jesswar, and many more.

’Life Is Incredible’
is out now through Island Records – available Here

Source: BadApplesMusic.com

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BIRDZ EP PRE ORDERS ANNOUNCED




Huge announcement today – Birdz is dropping his highly anticipated EP “Place Of Dreams” featuring Mojo Juju Ecca Vandal and Serina Pech​ 💥

Out via Bad Apples Music on May 3rd 🖤

Pre-order now ✊🏾🍎

https://birdz.lnk.to/PlaceOfDreamsPreOrderPR

This highly anticipated EP has production credits from Trials (A.B. Original), Papertoy, James Mangohig and our very own Nooky

Pre order packs and merchandise available here: http://badapplesmusic.aracastores.com/index.php/birdz.html

Source: BadApplesMusic.com

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