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Melbourne’s Pegz has released a long-awaited new 9-track album with producer Silent Titan titled Equilibrium last week. The impressive 38-minute offering released on Brisbane’s legendary Hydrofunk Records (Resin Dogs, Blunted Stylus) features Jace XL, DJ Cost was long in the making and a somewhat unexpected release when it finally dropped. Silent Titan is a well-established, […]
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Melbourne’s Pegz has released a long-awaited new 9-track album with producer Silent Titan titled Equilibrium last week. The impressive 38-minute offering released on Brisbane’s legendary Hydrofunk Records (Resin Dogs, Blunted Stylus) features Jace XL, DJ Cost was long in the making and a somewhat unexpected release when it finally dropped. Silent Titan is a well-established, talented producer / DJ from Australia having worked with Thundamentals, Prince Po of Organized Konfusion while Pegz is one of the most important figures in hip-hop to emerge from Australia yet.
Coming up as a young graffiti artist before beginning to rap in the early 90’s, Pegz then known as Pegasus had an early track featured on a release from the hugely influential Melbourne hip-hop label Nuffsaid Recordings. Upon starting to work at a then-emerging hip hop shop/record label called “Obese Records”, Pegz released his debut self-titled EP Pegasus in 2001 that really kick-started a prolific next decade that had not been seen before on such a scale.
Before Pegz released his classic debut album Capricorn Cat back in 2003, he had purchased the Obese Records shop he was working at and had continued to significantly develop the release side of the emerging business. With landmark, early releases from the likes of Brad Strut (Lyrical Commission / Unkut Recordings), Hilltop Hoods, Reason, Funkoars, Bias B, Hunter & Dazastah as well as the Culture of Kings compilation releases, Obese Records had positioned itself nationally as having a significant market reach at the time. Local Australian-made hip-hop at the time was just beginning to find a larger market audience and commercial acceptance off the back of Resin Dogs, Downsyde and 1200 Techniques influential local releases / festival appearances, and the Obese Records releases of Culture of Kings Volume 2 compilation and especially Hilltop Hoods’ The Calling smashed through the glass ceiling that appeared to exist then.
With Obese Records now on fire throughout the mid-2000’s with a string of quality releases, Pegz released his own acclaimed albums in “Axis” (2005) and “Burn City” (2007) to great success. The 14-track Axis features Hilltop Hoods, Hyjak N Torcha, Oregon’s Debaser, was largely produced by Plutonic Lab and certainly cemented Pegz in the scene as a talented emcee. His latter Burn City released in late-2007 featured Vents, Drapht, The Funkoars, Illy, Muph and Cali’s Planet Asia and proved to be commercially more successful peaking at #70 on the ARIA Album Chart, #10 on the ARIA Urban Album Chart and #4 on the ARIA Hitseekers Albums chart as the audience widened.
Following Burn City, Pegz developed a trio group called “Gully Platoon” with Joe New and Dialectrix (both formerly of Down Under Beats Crew). They dropped a 14-track album in mid-2009 on Obese Records called “The Great Divide” featuring DJ 2 Buck, Plutonic Lab, future members of the current award-winning group Remi and reached #5 on the local independent Top 20 Album charts and #18 on the ARIA Top 40 Urban Album charts. This period continued a string of successful and critically acclaimed releases on his Obese Records including Drapht “Brothers Grimm” (2008), Muph & Plutonic “…And Then Tomorrow Came” (2008), M-Phazes “Good Gracious” (2010), Mantra “Power Of The Spoken (2010) and Bias B “Biaslife” (2011) amongst others.
By the time Pegz’s fourth solo album perfectly titled as “Drama” dropped in 2011, Obese Records in retrospect had somewhat hit a high watermark. The leading group from Obese Records in Hilltop Hoods had left and gone independent forming Golden Era Records, the physical record pressing arm of the business had closed down and his large influence had led to some concerns of Obese monopolizing the rapidly developing local hip-hop market. “Drama” largely marked Pegz exit from hip-hop as an active rapper, leading him to focus more on the label aspect, management and distribution arms of Obese Records.
Pegz legacy as both an emcee and through Obese Records is of incredible importance to hip hop’s development and wider embracement it now enjoys throughout Australia. This recent EP drop with Silent Titan was more than a welcomed surprise and re-opens the door to continuing the Pegz story – or closes it again. Time will tell, but the messages touched on throughout Equilibrium are timely in a musical landscape that has changed so much in recent years. Stay tuned to The Source for an upcoming article on Obese Records – Australia’s most influential hip-hop record label to date.
Pegz & Silent Titan’s new Equilibrium album out now.
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After generating an inescapable buzz in Australia and underground hip-hop scenes across the globe, Sydney’s Triple One have now released their new single ‘Showoff.’ Having accumulated well over 20 million […]
After generating an inescapable buzz in Australia and underground hip-hop scenes across the globe, Sydney’s Triple One have now released their new single ‘Showoff.’ Having accumulated well over 20 million total streams, Triple One are Australia’s most promising emerging hip-hop act, and state their mission once more on ‘Showoff.’
Premiering on triple j, ‘Showoff’ features the group’s signature blend of hard-headed rap, melodic hooks and intense production. The accompanying video clip is shot in a nostalgic high school setting, but with very subversive undertones – featuring cameos from Triple One’s favourite rap colleagues and collaborators including ChillinIt, Wombat, Huskii, Lil Sknow, Raj Mahal, Talakai, Turquoise Prince and Freesouls. The video was created by Entropico, with styling by Asia Carino and photography by Cole Bennetts.
“The Australian hip-hop scene is crazy right now, we wanted to unite some of our favourite artists to replicate our own high school days,” Triple One say. “That, and we wanted to wear school uniforms again. Forgot how to do a tie, but we got there in the end.”
Thus far, Triple One’s career has progressed entirely organically, reaching all corners of the globe through online sharing. Fan favourite track ‘Autumn Collection’ has reached over 5 million streams online, while cult singles like ‘Doozy’ have become instantly quotable anthems, displaying the group’s ability to switch between R&B and rap with slick confidence.
With sell-out shows and recent festival appearances at Listen Out and Bigsound, Triple One will continue hitting stages all over the country including Festival of the Sun and Falls Festival this summer, with their shows earning a notorious live reputation. Triple One are not to be missed live, but stand well back if you’re scared of getting your beer spilled.
Photo Credit: Cole Bennetts
Australia’s mainstay summer festival FOMO returns this January, today announcing a colossal line-up of artists leading the forefront in hip-hop and electronic music, all with zero timetable clashes. After selling out all dates, Melbourne’s FOMO By Night and every sideshow in 2018, the one-stage event returns in 2019 for their biggest tour to date, and for the first time offers a full-day instalment in the heart of Melbourne.
A soaring reputation for curating unmissable line-ups starring local and international talent, FOMO promises maximum fun in 2019, with megastar MC Nicki Minaj leading the charge on her first ever Australian festival appearance. Needing no introduction, Minaj is one of the world’s most influential hip-hop artists, consistently storming world music charts and collecting Billboard Music Awards and BET Awards, alongside numerous Grammy Award nominations. Fronting the FOMO trail, the queen of rap with an undeniable legacy is set to deliver hits past and present, like “Bed” feat. Ariana Grandeand “Chun-Li” off this year’s hugely received Queen album.
Joining Minaj is Mississippi hip-hop duo, Rae Sremmurd aka beloved brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi. Igniting the FOMO stage with their multi-platinum releases “Black Beatles”, “No Type”, and critically acclaimed triple album SR3MM, the duo will inject chaotic energy into every set. Continuing the rollout of international acts you’ve been dying to see, Lil Pump will bring his charismatic repertoire to Australian fans for the very first time. Since the age of 16, the South Florida artist has torn through the hip-hop landscape, amassing over 2 billion streams and counting for releases like “Gucci Gang”, “Flex Like Ouu” and “Esskeetit”. With his new album Harvard Dropout set for release on September 14, audiences won’t have to wait long for the effervescent rapper to bring it to the live stage.
Guernsey-born producer Mura Masa is joining the pack for 2019, delivering his tropical-inflected house and beat-heavy hits to FOMO. Making his mark on 2018 with standalone single “Move Me” and featuring on the catchiest disco tune of the year, “Til The World Falls” with Nile Rodgers, Chic and Nao, Mura Masa will have audiences in a dance induced state. Featuring a set of world-class Grammy-nominated collaborations, including the A$AP Rocky featured “Love$ick”, “Firefly” and “What If I Go?”, the producer and multi-instrumentalist will bring his intricate brand of hip-hop / electronica to adoring fans. The utterly individual, Kali Uchis will be heading down under for her Australian debut at FOMO, hot on the release of her triple j Feature Album Isolation. Fearlessly creative in her artistry, Kali’s guest features prior to Isolation have all seen Grammy nominations, including collaborations with Gorillaz and Tyler The Creator, who returned the favour on her track “After The Storm”.
Ahead of his forthcoming debut album and adding to the jaw-dropping line-up is Dutch electronic connoisseur San Holo, whose experimental finesse joins Australian dance music royalty, Anna Lunoe. Lunoe will return from her current Los Angeles base – where she runs her own label, is a regular host on Beats 1 Radio & continuously releases her work on coveted labels Mad Decent and OWSLA. Also welcomed to the FOMO family in 2019, is the avant-garde and unrestrained sound design of Glaswegian producer SOPHIE following her Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides album release earlier this year, and London’s Cosha (formerly Bonzai) with her unmissable sound.
Representing the local rota of talent, is the hip-hop mastery of Zimbabwe-Australian beat-maker Carmouflage Rose, Newcastle prodigy turned national crowd favourite Just A Gent, and Melbourne DJ queen MIMI, each bringing an infectious on-stage fervour. Always a proud supporter of Australia’s up-and-coming talent, FOMO’s partnership with triple j Unearthed makes a much-anticipated return, inviting four different artists per city to join the 2019 tour.
FOMO not only brings a one-day festival to four cities this year, but will continue to support music charity Heaps Decent alongside a new partnership with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, donating one dollar for every online ticket sold to their powerful causes. Heaps Decent have worked with young people across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and remote areas, providing quality music and art workshops to build positive stories, connections and community engagement through music production, recording and multimedia visual arts. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre works tirelessly to provide aid and advocacy for refugees and people seeking asylum, maximising their wellbeing through food, education, healthcare, housing and employment support. As an independent human rights organisation, they also provide legal aid and advocate for social change.
FOMO remains dedicated to keeping ticket prices at an affordable cost for attendees. Returning in 2019 will be a Payment Plan option, available for festival goers in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne who’d like to contribute monthly instalments to their ticket cost. This year, FOMO will also launch an official resale portal and suppress ticket delivery to a later date post-purchase, ensuring fans and supporters can safely sell and purchase re-homed tickets.
On Saturday January 5, the FOMO tour will kick off where it all began at Brisbane’s Riverstage, before venturing south to Adelaide’s Elder Park on Sunday January 6. The festival will then voyage to Parramatta Park’s natural amphitheatre on Saturday January 12, ahead of a spectacular inaugural closing date in Melbourne, seeing ticket-holders grace the outdoor Flemington Racecourse on Sunday, January 13.
Expanding to other cities from a one-night dance party in Melbourne, FOMO By Night will make a welcomed return in 2019 to new soon-to-be-revealed cities, while FOMO Eats will share a delectable offering of locally sourced produce and beverages at all shows from some of Australia’s greatest makers. Stay across further updates as FOMO readies itself for Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne early next year, but for now, don’t sleep on scoring the ticket of the summer. For your only chance to score the cheapest FOMO19 tickets, sign up for the exclusive FOMO pre-sale before Tuesday September 4 at 8PM local time. Pre-sale access kicks off at 10AM local time Wednesday September, before general on-sale at 10AM local time Thursday September 6.
PRESENTED BY BBE & TRIPLE J
NICKI MINAJ ~ RAE SREMMURD ~ LIL PUMP
MURA MASA ~ KALI UCHIS ~ SAN HOLO
ANNA LUNOE ~ SOPHIE ~ COSHA
CARMOUFLAGE ROSE ~ JUST A GENT
MIMI ~ triple j UNEARTHED WINNER
Saturday 5 January 2019 – FOMO, Riverstage, Brisbane
Sunday 6 January 2019 – FOMO, Elder Park, Adelaide (16+)
Saturday 12 January 2019 – FOMO, Parramatta Park, Sydney
Sunday 13 January 2019 – FOMO, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (16+)
Pre-sale access via www.fomofestival.com.au
FOMO pre-sale: 10AM local time, Wednesday, September 5th
General on-sale: 10AM local time, Thursday September 6th
Rapper Charles X and Hypeman Golo (fka R2D2) give us Western Sydney’s rap duo Cult Shφtta. Noted for their eccentric signature style and stage presence, the childhood friends are nothing […]
Rapper Charles X and Hypeman Golo (fka R2D2) give us Western Sydney’s rap duo Cult Shφtta. Noted for their eccentric signature style and stage presence, the childhood friends are nothing less than colourful.
With the recent release of their single ‘Boomin’ featuring Atlanta rapper Reese Laflare, and recently inking a deal with Sydney’s Poster Child agency. Never ones to sit still, the duo have recently released their next offering of wavey post-punk mutant rap entitled ‘Likkel Rider’. The track is self produced and begins with a haunting sample that creeps into a driving trap beat – perfectly melding the two worlds together all whilst Charles X echoes the singles title.
Something a little different from the duo, the track continues its journey into a melodic verse that echoes the hallmarks of Charles’ ability to write swooning rap melodies. Golo is never too far form the action and ensures the the duos signature ad libs are present throughout.
Cult Shφtta’s energy and following hasn’t gone unnoticed, landing them performances at festivals such as The Plot, Snow Tunes and Hard Grime – the duo are also proud to announce their recent signing to TMRW Music Group imprint Poster Child…home to artists such as Kilter, Ebony Boadu, Go Freek, Kinder and more.
With plenty more tricks up their sleeve, it’s easy to see why 2018 is predicted to be the
year of the SHØTTA!!!
A stalwart of his city’s music scene, Defron has performed in Melbourne’s most esteemed venues including Workers Club, The Espy, Laundry Bar, Evelyn Hotel, Penny Black, Max Watts and more. […]
A stalwart of his city’s music scene, Defron has performed in Melbourne’s most esteemed venues including Workers Club, The Espy, Laundry Bar, Evelyn Hotel, Penny Black, Max Watts and more. He has shared the stage alongside Odd Future, 360, Mantra, Illy, Seth Sentry, Akil (of Jurassic 5) and Pez. With an esteemed reputation for his freestyle rapping capabilities, Defron has hosted private & public events including Australia’s National Youth Week launch day, Metro Public Transport’s Victorian Great Race and RMIT’s 2018 Welcome series.
As a writer his fiction & non-fiction has been published in Going Down Swinging, Verandah, Voiceworks, Overland, Tone Deaf, Kill Your Darlings and in 2011 he was shortlisted for the Judith Rodriguez Prize.
Rapping since adolescence, a music career was initially unlikely for Defron after he was diagnosed with hearing impairment at five years of age. Adversity reared its head once again when he was treated for testicular cancer fourteen years later. In 2018 he shared his inspiring life story in his TedX talk, ‘You are the hero and villain of your story’.
Hot on the heels of that TedX talk, Defron releases uplifting anthem Reign Cheque.
Produced by fellow Melbourne hip-hop artist Sinks (Echo Drama/2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative Recipient) with artwork by frequent collaborator Katie Alexander, Reign Cheque is a theme-song for getting up, getting out and achieving your dreams. The promotional single is Defron’s first release in two years and comes ahead of his upcoming project Maybe You’ll Be Famous When You’re Dead, which is entirely produced by Melbourne newcomer Entelechy and engineered by star on the rise Kwasi.
The new song comes not long after Defron’s recent TedX talk,‘You are the hero and villain of your story’. The personal message of overcoming your demons and embracing your role as both protagonist and antagonist of your story permeates this boom-bap banger from the 2009 Revolver MC Battle Champion and 2017 Australian Poetry Slam state finalist.
“This is my best shot at making a song for a 2K or FIFA video game soundtrack,” says Defron. “My new project Maybe You’ll Be Famous When You’re Dead is a dark conceptual album addressing mental health, so before that drops I wanted to release an inspiring and hyped-up joint. Just to tide my fans over before MYBFWYD drops.”
The promotional single is the first of two ahead of the release of Maybe You’ll Be Famous When You’re Dead, due late 2018. The second single is expected for release in September, produced by Kwasi the song will demonstrate a new direction for underground lyricist Defron: “Reign Cheque is the rap music people expect from me: metaphor heavy, tonnes of wordplay and dense lyricism. But the next single with Kwasi, and then the separate MYBFWYD project, man, those are gonna surprise some folks.”
Drapht – Don Quixote ft: Hilltop Hoods
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Due to demand and just in time for Xmas, Dialectrix has released a limited signed vinyl repress of his ‘Satellite’ EP which dropped earlier in the year. All orders will come with an exclusive free download of the remix ‘What Is This World Coming To’ featuring UK’s Essa, formerly known as Yungun and Detroit’s Jamall Bufford, over Mr. Thing’s boom bap production.
‘Satellite’ is a unique one off approach to mustering an eclectic and foreign soundscape while remaining underpinned with Dialectrix’s familiar and technical flow.
Available in black and grey marble, all copies will be signed by Dialectrix.
A follower of Hip Hop music, art and design since the late 80?s, award winning design studio April77 Creative‘s director Ben Funnell has produced artwork for a who’s who of Australian Hip Hop. From Stealth Magazine, to logo and album designs for Hilltop Hoods, Pegz, Dialectrix, Vents, The Funkoars, Spit Syndicate, MANTRA, Thundamentals, EMCEE KERSER, […]
A follower of Hip Hop music, art and design since the late 80?s, award winning design studio April77 Creative‘s director Ben Funnell has produced artwork for a who’s who of Australian Hip Hop. From Stealth Magazine, to logo and album designs for Hilltop Hoods, Pegz, Dialectrix, Vents, The Funkoars, Spit Syndicate, MANTRA, Thundamentals, EMCEE KERSER, Briggs and many more. Check outwww.april77.com
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“I couldn’t decide if I should go all throw-backs or all new joints for this, so I’ve decided to do 5 relatively new tracks by current artists I’m a big fan of, and 5 of my personal favourite tracks dating back to the early 90s”- Ben Funnell
01. Joey Badass– Christ Conscious
I’ve been following Joey since his first mixtape ‘1999’ and he keeps progressing with his delivery and flow. His beat choices stay on point and I’m really looking forward to his official debut LP which drops in January. “Christ Conscious” is the second single off the LP and has a great video. First single “Big Dusty” is also well worth checking for.
02. Melanin 9 aka M9– Amulets
UK rapper and member of Triple Darkness, M9 dropped this killer 12” on Blunted Astronaut Records this year. 12” singles seem fairly rare these days but since this track doesn’t appear on any of his album releases it was well worth the purchase.
03. Timeless Truth– Wavelength
This video features a cameo from one of my all time favourite producers Large Professor, who also produced this track from Timeless Truth’s forthcoming album “Cold Wave”.
04. Mick Jenkins– Dehydration
Incredibly powerful video for this standout track from Mick Jenkins’ mixtape “The Water[s]”. One of the newer artists I’m a huge fan of right now.
05. Killer Mike– Reagan
I was going to include a new Run The Jewelz video here as I’m a huge fan of both RTJ records, but due to the current social/political climate in the US I decided this Killer Mike track was appropriate. This has an awesome animated video which really enhances the message in the lyrics.
06. Eric B. & Rakim– Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em
I had been into Hip Hop for a couple of years before Rakim’s 3rd album “Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em” dropped in 1990, and I was already a big fan of his earlier work. When I was 13 years old rapping along to this album I felt like I was Rakim and nobody could f#@k with me. 24 years later I play this album and its the same thing. I ordered the cassette at my local record shop having only seen/heard the title track on Rage, and I can still remember the afternoon I picked up the album, ripped off the plastic and played it the whole way through on my walkman as I walked home. Every track was flawless – and the feeling of hearing an already revered artist lift his game even further above the competition as well as his own previous work was the ultimate G-up. Its a feeling I’ve been chasing ever since and why I continue to buy new music to this day.
07. Black Sheep- Flavor of the Month
Another one I first saw/heard on Rage back in 1991 and I remember copping the cassingle for this track with “Butt, In The Meantime” on the B-side. Was the perfect lead up to the “Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” album which is still one of my all-time favourite rap records.
08. Lord Finesse– Hip 2 Da Game
From the 1995 album “The Awakening” – Finesse has one of the best voices and flows in the business, and this is probably my favourite song of his. “You can’t mess with the rap lord, that’s like saying you can dunk when you can’t touch the backboard”.
I’m a huge fan of the entire Boot Camp Clik, especially the debut albums from each group. This killer track is from Heltah Skeltah’s 1996 album “Nocturnal”. At the time this was so grimy and raw – a perfect contrast to a lot of the jiggy ’shiny suit era’ stuff going on at the time.
10. De La Soul– Stakes is High
I remember copping the “Stakes Is High” album and Nas’ 2nd LP “It Was Written” on the same trip into the city when they dropped back in 1996. Both incredible albums in their own right, with Nas’s record representing a shift towards his mafioso persona as he was experiencing huge success and financial gains, and De La Soul maintaining their down to earth, relatable everyman stance. Pos and Dave deliver some of the most poignant verses I’ve ever heard on this track. Easily one of my favourite rap songs of all time.
11. Public Enemy– Brother Gonna Work it Out
Again, due to the situation surrounding the not guilty verdict in Ferguson, Missouri Ive included this incredible track and video from PE’s 1990 album “Fear Of A Black Planet”. The video also features a portion of the “Contract on the World Love Jam” intro – probably the best intro to an album ever.
Obese Records has big news! Thundamentals are releasing a limited remastered for vinyl run of So We Can Remember now on sale. Each copy will come with a download card as well as bonus track Year Of The Thundakat. Not to mention the tracks you already know including big bangers Smiles Don’t Lie, Something I […]
Obese Records has big news! Thundamentals are releasing a limited remastered for vinyl run of So We Can Remember now on sale. Each copy will come with a download card as well as bonus track Year Of The Thundakat. Not to mention the tracks you already know including big bangers Smiles Don’t Lie, Something I Said & Noodle Soup. Stock is limited and signed copies have now sold out.