Northern Territory-based rapper Vic August is back with a hot-tempered new trap anthem, BANDIT, featuring common collaborator Figuero Jones.
Following the success of August’s Glass House 2 EP released earlier this year via WVS, the 17-year-old lyricist has bounced back quickly with the audacious, attitude-filled new single, BANDIT. “I don’t f*** with average,” is the mantra of the track, and Vic is anything but average, proving once again that he’s one of the countries most talented and entertaining new artists, regardless of age.
You can stream Bandit from the All Aussie Hip Hop x Spotify Playlist below
A debut album is a momentous occasion, so it’s with great anticipation we reveal ‘Area Famous’ from B Wise, one of Australia’s most exciting new talents, set for release on Friday 14 September. You don’t need to understand the importance of Sydney’s South-West to appreciate the music of B Wise, but the neighbourhoods he grew up in shaped the artist you’re hearing.
The songs celebrate the suburban streets where fibro and brick are intermixed, kids in the front yard, cars on the lawn and the greatest social melting pot in Australia wakes up everyday and makes a go of it. Wise is a product of that multicultural spirit of respect and aspiration, and they’re found throughout his scintillating flows on ‘Area Famous’.
It’s been a hectic 10 months for the rapper, with the success of singles Feel Something and The Key, a 35 date national tour with Thundamentals, a show-stopping performance at Splendour in the Grass and a huge triple Like A Version appearance in June.
From the initial waves he created off the back of Prince Akeem, B Wise has continually delivered impactful songwriting and opened up a distinct lane in Australian music. It’s a lane that connects with young African youth as much as it does suburban triple j listeners. ‘Area Famous’ is the grand statement of an artist we’ve been waiting for, someone who doesn’t look or feel like anything we’ve heard before.
From the joy and energy of The Key to the collected confidence of Actin’ Different, or the rich storytelling on the Kaiit assisted Time, ‘Area Famous’ is a fierce body of work. It features production by beatsmiths on the cutting edge of their craft; from grammy nominated Uno Stereo to DOPAM!NE, Adit (Horrorshow), Willie Tafa, Juve and more.
With the announcement of his debut album dropping next month, B Wise will be celebrating with his first headline tour across Australia kicking off in October! Presented by triple j, Niche and Elefant Traks.
B Wise ‘Area Famous’ National Tour triple j, Niche & Elefant Traks present Fri 5 Oct – The Lansdowne, Sydney Sat 6 Oct – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle Fri 12 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne Sat 13 Oct – Karova Lounge, Ballarat Sat 20 Oct – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane Fri 26 Oct – Transit Bar, Canberra Fri 2 Nov – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth Sat 3 Nov – Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Tickets are on sale now available at www.ugottabwise.com.‘Area Famous’ is out on Friday September 14th, through Elefant Traks.
KIAN stepped into the spotlight with his killer chorus on Baker Boy’s debut track Cloud 9 back in May 2017. 16-year-old KIAN hails from the goldfield town of Castlemaine. A life surrounded by music, songwriters, and rappers – he’s no stranger to the inner workings of the music scene.
Since the age of two KIAN’s been travelling with his dad making music in remote Indigenous communities. It was at Beswick Community [NT] that KIAN met Baker Boy. Aged 13 & 17 the connection was instant. A few years on the crew were at a loose end and decided to create Cloud 9. KIAN stepped up to the microphone and delivered his killer hook smashing it out of the park. Inspired and encouraged by Baker Boy KIAN began focusing on his own songs.
Since that time he has been listed in triple j’s “best new music” [Feb 2018]. “Waiting” is the first song he wrote, and the second to be released after releasing his debut “Too Far Gone” with Vince the Kid earlier this year. Now KIAN has just been crowned the winner of this year’s triple j Unearthed High competition, stunning the judges with his song ‘Waiting’, an insightful slice of neo-soul expressing uncharted feelings.
KIAN is playing his first solo show later this month, performing with a four-piece band at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royale – the perfect prep for his BIGSOUND debut in Brisbane.
Compton-based award-winning rapper YG has recently announced that he will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for his second solo tour following the release of his successful third album Stay Dangerous on 4 Hunnid Records x CTE World x Def Jam Recordings earlier this month. YG is set to tour again through all major cities in Australia […]
Compton-based award-winning rapper YG has recently announced that he will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for his second solo tour following the release of his successful third album Stay Dangerous on 4 Hunnid Records x CTE World x Def Jam Recordings earlier this month. YG is set to tour again through all major cities in Australia on the East Coast playing solo headline shows, a major festival as well as stopping off to hit Auckland in New Zealand. YG has proved hugely popular down under, with three singles and all three albums charting in Australia making it his strongest international market bar neighboring Canada.
His new 15-track album features the likes of long-time collaborator DJ Mustard, YoungBoy NBA, Quavo of the Migos, Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky plus more and debuted at #5 on the US Billboard 200 charts. Stay Dangerous is also his first release to crack the Top 20 in Australia at #15 and currently sits at #21 in New Zealand too.
Friday 16 November, Festival Hall
Wednesday 21 November, Logan Campbell Centre
Friday 23 November, Hordern Pavilion
Sunday 25 November, Eatons Hill Hotel
After working with the likes of Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle, Big K.R.I.T., Kurupt, Young Jeezy, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik and E-40, Stay Dangerous solidifies YG in his place in hip-hop currently as one of the leading forces from the West Coast going international.
Blessed to be able to continue to do what I do. And ever so grateful for the people in my life that go above and beyond to help me do it. The tour has been an unforgettable one. Massive thanks to anyone that came along to a show over the last two weeks and supported myself and the super gang – @lordofdazastah @claudio @bitterbelief @indoor_fins @completeperth @notk21 @serpin_taxt. Much love and until next time! Paul x
Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 Touring Nationally In September – Tickets On Sale Now!
After reclaiming her throne as the Queen of Australian hip hop last week with the release of her new single ‘Flexin’’ feat. Duckwrth, Tkay Maidza is today kicking it up a gear with the release of the official video for ‘Flexin’,’ and the announcement of her brand-new EP, Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1–out August 31 via Dew Process / UMA.
The ‘Flexin’’ video, directed by Keenan MacWilliam was shot in London and features the ever-talented Tkay showing off her Rugby Union skills, along with some assistance from some local rugby players and cameos from her crew and Duckwrth himself, who brings his rock star swagger to the clip, helping Tkay to party hard in a bopping street rave.
Tkay, who before her career as a musician and a performer was actually a champion tennis player, shows she’s got as mad skills with an oval ball on the footy field as she ever did with a racquet. Her athleticism stands as a perfect complement to her epic performance on the mic on this ill new track, with a great assist from Duckwrth on the fly.
‘Flexin’ is an ode to being yourself and being unapologetic for it,” says Tkay. And what better way than to visually reinterpret that ideal than by featuring athletes who in the last few years have taken massive strides towards shrinking the equality gap between male and female athletes. ‘Flexin’’ premiered last month on triple j’s Drive show, where she also spoke to Veronica and Lewis about her upcoming appearance at the triple j’s One Night Stand event in St. Helens, Tasmania on September 1. She’ll be performing on a who’s who line-up of the Australian musical landscape there, alongside Vance Joy, Peking Duk, Middle Kids and Alex The Astronaut.
However, she’s now readying to take the world by storm with her brand-new new EP –Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1– as well as a string of national live dates that will see her performing both solo headline shows and festival appearances throughout the rest of the year. Since emerging from Adelaide in 2014, Tkay has gone on to be one of the most recognised names, faces and sounds in modern, Australian hip hop.
Her early releases instantly won her a record deal and a loyal following, and over that time she’s been on a total hot streak. She’s released massive singles like ‘M.O.B.’ (which went Gold in 2017) and ‘Simulation,’ dropped the critically acclaimed debut album TKAY; been nominated for an ARIA; and has pulled together a rolodex of collaborators that features some of the biggest names out there, including Run The Jewels’Killer Mike and French producer extraordinaire Martin Solveig.
She’s also firmly established herself as one of the few Australian hip hop artists who has proven to be popular overseas, having been nominated for a BET Award, performing at Governor’s Ball in NYC, appearing on French TV, and been part of an international advertising campaign for Mumm Champagne – alongside the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. Her versatility as an artist doesn’t just start and stop with music either.
She recently co-hosted Channel [V]’s live coverage of Splendour In The Grass 2018, interviewing some of the biggest artists of the festival alongside Aussie rock icon, Adalita Srsen. However, it’s impossible to keep Tkay from performing to a big crowd, and she managed to find a mic and jump on stage to perform some surprise cameos with Dune Rats and Mallrat– adding even more evidence to the fact she’s one of the most talented entertainers out there. It’s an exciting time for a young artist when they really begin to trust in their talent and know they’re not going to run out of steam.
Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 finds Tkay Maidza powering up to the next, brilliant phase of her career – or as she puts it best, “The old Tkay has grown, but it’s still lit.”
Select Music and Five Four Entertainment present TKAY MAIDZA ‘FLEXIN’’ HEADLINE TOUR With Special Guests Kwame + Arno Faraji & Tickets On Sale Now
Fri 7 Sept – Jack Rabbit Slims – Perth, WA Tickets Available From http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
Sat 8 Sept – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA Tickets Available From http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets
Thu 13 Sept – Howler, Melbourne, VIC – New Show Added Tickets Available From http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets
Fri 14 Sept – Howler, Melbourne, VIC –Sold Out
Sat 22 Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW Tickets Available From http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets
Sat 1 Sept – Triple J – One Night Stand – St Helens, Tas With/ Vance Joy, Peking Duk, Tkay Maidza, Middle Kids And Alex The Astronaut
Sat 15 Sept – Brisbane Festival – The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, QLD Fri 28 September – Sound On Festival – Perth Arena, WA Sat 24 Nov – Grapevine Gathering – Rochford Winery, VIC Sat 1 Dec – Grapevine Gathering – Roche Winery, NSW Thur 13 – Sat 15 Dec – Festival Of The Sun – Port Macquarie, NSW
Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 – EP OUT AUGUST 31 via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia