Smiley kicks in the door on new track ‘Stick Up Kids’

Anything you need to know about Smiley you can find out from his lyrics. The Perth emcee has always let his music do the talking; communicating in crystal clear, brutally honest terms. From his philosophies to his politics – from how he feels about cops, to how he feels about the community – it’s all there.

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Produced by multi platinum, multi Juno Award winner Rob The Viking, Stick Up Kids is quintessential Smiley – viciously up-tempo and relentless – giving him all the room he needs to spit with precision and impunity. Dark and shady as only Smiley can do it, Stick Up Kids is raw, real and sinister. But versatility is the key to Smiley’s successes.

Colliding skill and tenacity, Smiley has always been a legit contender. Proudly carrying the torch passed down from exalted artists like Downsyde and late icon Hunter, Smiley is the next heir to the throne in Perth’s hip hop lineage – a challenge he has risen to with gusto. Brash, free-thinking and relatable, Smiley typifies the wave of new artists that are currently ushering in an exciting new era of the genre.

Source: AllAussieHipHop.com

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Talakai Enters 2019 With A Heavy Release

“Dream big, chase that, dig deep ‘cause I live for the lottery.” Talakai enters 2019 on the same high he left 2018, with a huge and heavy release.

Lottery, features dirty, dense production and heavy lyrics however, in Lottery Talakai brings the bounce, with an echoing, resonating hook which carries an underlying message of persistence and positivity. Renowned for heavy bars, razor flows and pine point delivery Talakai is at the forefront of the Australian Grime scene. After touring late 2017 off the back of the “Get Bodied” viral video series Talakai has been on the come up, playing sold out shows around the country and making cheeky appearances on Triple J’s Hip Hop show.

Far from the young kid coming up locally in the Newcastle scene Talakai has taken the movement nationally, oozing bravado and lyricism to rival the countries best. Gearing up for a huge 2019, Talakai sets his sights on the top with his debut EP in the works. With 2019 off to a blazing start, you can catch Talakai supporting ChillinIt on his sold out  The Ashes “Women Weed and Wordplay” Tour throughout March, April and May.

Source: AllAussieHipHop.com

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Red Bull Music Continues ’64 Bars’ Rap Series, Shares Second Episode With B Wise

Red Bull Music continues its studio rap series ‘64 Bars’, sharing a second Australian episode with South West Sydney rapper, B Wise. The series showcases 64 bars of razor-sharp raps – no bells, no whistles, no hooks from trailblazing artists.

First created at Red Bull Studios, Auckland, ‘64 Bars’ recently launched in Australia with an episode from Brisbane independent artist, Jesswar. Grounded and deep-thinking, B Wise jumps into the ‘64 Bars’ booth to deliver sharp-witted verses with a meaningful message. Following last year’s acclaimed debut album Area Famous, that was recently named FBi SMAC Record of the Year – B Wise has leapt from strength to strength, sitting at the forefront of the local hip-hop landscape with hard-earned perspective and experience.

The 64 Bars project was first founded at Red Bull Studios Auckland with David Dallas, as a simple method of having handpicked MCs hit the booth and lay down 64 bars. The series launched to critical acclaim with Brooklyn-based world-renowned rapper Talib Kweli and has since travelled the globe with regular episodes from Japan and now Australia. Taking rap back to basics, 64 Bars gives audiences the chance to hear their favourite artists flex the skills that launched their careers, and places a firm eye on rap’s upcoming best voices.

Tune in to Red Bull Music & Culture for the latest episodes of 64 Bars.

Source: AllAussieHipHop.com

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Interview: Mitchos Da Menace Breaks His ‘SILENCE’

aahh: Compared to your previous two releases, how do you see ‘silence’ the album representing your evolution as an artist?
Menace: Brother, I was hoping that the fans could answer that question for me. Since you’re asking me though, you listen to the first album, the second album and then the third one. From that, you can see the evolution. It’s maturity bro. I had to mature with my life experiences and what’s going on at the moment and that is portrayed in my music. I’m the MENACE and you all know it now! MGR.

aahh: On the title track SILENCE you state that “you like silence but can’t stand it” can you elaborate further on the ideas behind this track and the title of the album?
Menace: It’s me saying I like to be alone but it’s going be the death of me… I self destruct in different terms, it means a lot on a personal level. I actually got a beat from Oagz called “Serenade Of Silence”. I made the album from that beat and that idea.

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aahh: How do you see independent artists such as yourself shaping the future of hip hop in this country?
Menace: We are the future of Aus Hip-Hop. We have so many talented artists making moves. From Manu Crooks heading to the USA and us collaborating with UK artists. We have helped shape it whether people accept/or like it or not! We carve lanes and inspire people in the local scene!

aahh: There have been numerous positive comments we’ve read about the beat selection on the new LP. What was your process for choosing the beats on the album?
Menace: I’ve been in a dark place over the last year Jim. This includes stuff with my family and myself. I needed to get a lot off my chest. The beats I picked touched me, to be honest. Deep dark and melodic.

aahh: You’ve opened silence with a small intro, can you tell us more about this and how it relates to the wider concepts on the album?
Menace: In simpler terms, it means “We stay silent, if a problem arises, me and my family take care of it, we don’t speak out to others, stay silent” – Mitchos The Menace!

aahh: What’s next for Menace?
Menace: I have a really big year ahead. 2019 will change a lot of lives, I’ll be giving 100% in everything I do! Keep your eyes peeled, you might even catch us overseas! MG201L7 .

You can purchase the latest LP from Menace – ‘Silence’ here. You can also cop the latest merch here.

Source: AllAussieHipHop.com

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Turquoise Prince Releases Brand New Single ‘Some Nights’

“Turquoise Prince is fast gaining notoriety for his irreverent humour, irresistible charm, and explosive live show” – All Aussie Hip Hop

Turquoise Prince is back with a stellar new single titled Some Nights. The upbeat track, which premiered on Triple J’s Home & Hosed program, is the first official offering since the much-celebrated release of Lighter, however in the interim the Canberra-bred MC/rapper (who was recently named as one of YouTube’s Artists To Watch in 2019) has successfully kept his growing legion of fans satisfied; releasing the cheeky banger Eric Banas and the hard-hitting street track Concussed a special collaboration with buzzing rapper ChillinIt.

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Some Nights offers something different. The dreamy yet club-ready garage beat provides a canvas for Turquoise to lay himself bare with musings on a lost love. “It’s a song that’s close to my heart, I wrote it when I was in a sad place, everyone’s been there.” Introspective and vulnerable, this is a side of Turquoise that is always there, often hidden behind a tough exterior, but never forgotten.

His music journey started with a diss track about his Year 7 teacher Mrs Gupta, eventually graduating to rap battles against his Canberra classmates. And whether those early battles resulted in praise or punch-ons, Turquoise was addicted to showmanship. Today, Turquoise Prince is an artist that critics still find impossible to categorise, and one who thrives on unpredictability with catchy, colourful results.

His breakout single Like Your Friends is upbeat R&B at its best, while the mesmerising Lighter takes things down to a lounging tempo. Hard-headed bangers alongside underground stars (ChillinIt, Mitchos Da Menace) feature Turquoise rapping with a Tongan warrior mentality, and collaborations with local hip-hop heroes (Horrorshow, Hau) have proven that this young shark can easily swim with the veterans.

Turquoise is steadily carving out a name for himself as a live performer, having already tackled some of the biggest stages on offer (Groovin’ The Moo, BIGSOUND and Spilt Milk) and taking on national tours with electronica stars Boo Seeka and rap staples Spit Syndicate. March 2nd will see him headline the One Day event One Day in the Capital on his home soil in Canberra alongside Sophiegrophy and Joyride.

2019 looks to be Turquoise’s biggest year yet, with a handful of singles, big-name collaborations and gigs in the works; and he’s determined to keep everyone on their toes. “I might drop some R&B tracks, I might drop some hard tracks,” he says. “I don’t know, I can’t even tell you what I’m having for lunch.” No matter which route he takes, it’s easy to see that Turquoise Prince is quickly working his way into Australian music royalty.

Catch Turquoise Prince Live:
Sat 2 March – One Day In The Capital, Canberra
W/ Joyride, Sophiegrophie & More
Event Info Here

Source: AllAussieHipHop.com

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PREMIERE: Masked Wolf Delivers Fiery New Single, ‘Vibin’

After making a last-minute debut in 2018 with ‘Speed Racer’, Masked Wolf gave new fans a hint of the nocturnal, trap-tinged hip hop he’s been busy crafting. Now, ready to make 2019 his, Masked Wolf is straight out of the gates with his strongest release yet in ‘Vibin’.

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As Australian hip hop continues to transform and as the New Wave continues to assume a new identity, the stories coming out from emerging artists are getting closer and closer to the streets. So many different sounds all thriving within the same genre makes for a crowded space in which new artists are trying to be heard, so it really takes something else to separate from the masses.

For Masked Wolf, it’s all about paying tribute to his influences which are so prevalent in his music, but still sounding unique, and it’s through his storytelling that he maintains this. “I want to tell my own stories in a way that remains true to who I am,” Masked Wolf said.

Dedicated to the hustle and being true to yourself, ‘Vibin’ is complete with huge drops, booming bass and eccentric synths to lay down the perfect foundation for his rapidfire verses to float above. Masked Wolf sounds positively untouchable on ‘Vibin’, pushing forward his ethos of “I do me, you do you.”

Teaming up once again with internationally acclaimed producer Tyron Hapi for production duties, Masked Wolf strips back the dark side we heard on ‘Speed Racer’ while still focussing on his ambition and drive, opening himself right up for all to see on ‘Vibin’.

Assuring fans there’s a whole lot more still to come, ‘Vibin’ marks the start of what is set to be one hell of a year for the fresh-faced Sydney producer. A new member of the Teamwrk roster, Masked Wolf’s 2018 single, ‘Speed Racer’ amassed over 150K streams in just a few weeks, and now he’s ready to really unleash with ‘Vibin’.

Source: AllAussieHipHop.com

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Perth duo Otiuh are back with old-school vibes on smooth new single, ‘Move’

Perth duo Otiuh are back with their trademark funk and soul-infused hip hop and a single that is guaranteed to keep you moving all summer long. On ‘Move’, Cesare Papa and Jahmeil Baker trade spitfire verses over tripped out and eclectic production, creating a toe-tapping, head bopping, infectious jam about never taking things too seriously and never caring about what others might think. Just let go and ‘Move’.

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Fresh from having its first spin on FBi Radio’s Sunsets with Dobby & Diola as well as premiering on Purple Sneakers, Otiuh offer up a slice of something different in the Australian hip hop landscape with ‘Move’. Combining their golden age lyricism with futuristic production, marrying the influences of A Tribe Called Quest with Outkast as their poetic roots add the final flourish.

After nabbing some national radio play on triple j for their first two singles, Otiuh continues to carve out their own space on the national radar. Laidback and never taking things too seriously, Otiuh’s music is for those who want to be taken somewhere else far away, if only for a few moments. Of their new bop, the duo said, “When you’re on the dance floor, put your phone down. Dance for yourself. You don’t have anything to prove to others.”

Thanks to its driving bass line, synth flutes and exotic percussion laying down a smooth foundation for the pair to go back and forth with their rapid rhymes, ‘Move’ is one track that gets into your bones and makes you feel good from the inside out.

Otiuh enter a new chapter with ‘Move’ – one that will see them bring their alternative hip hop sounds to the fore, and have a great time while doing it.

Source: AllAussieHipHop.com

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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Shares New Music Video For Look Back At It + Announces Fan Signing At Melbourne Laneway

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie today shares his music video for single Look Back At It, taken from his Billboard #1 sophomore album HOODIE SZN. Watch it BELOW.

Earlier this month he made his late-night TV debut with a performance of Look Back At It on the Late Night with Seth Meyers. Upon its release, the single sprung to the top of several charts while peaking in the top 10 on the iTunes Top 200 Hip-Hop/Rap Singles along with Spotify Australia’s Top 40 Songs and Apple Music AU Top 200 charts.

 

 

Melbourne fans will have a rare opportunity to meet A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at Laneway when he signs posters at the Polyester Records tent, with all proceeds going to the Heaps Decent charity.

Catch A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Playing Laneway Nationally This Feb 2019
Friday, 8th February – Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide
Saturday, 9th February – Footscray Park, Melbourne
Sunday, 10th February – Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle

Source: AllAussieHipHop.com

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Manaz Ill elevates with the release of new single “Level Up”

The Adelaide Hip-Hop mainstay sets the stage for the release of his long-awaited album ‘Braille’ with the Hamley produced lead single “Level Up”.

Featuring an infectious hook over ominous production, the energetic lead single sees Manaz flexing his signature brand of lyricism, openly challenging his contemporaries to step their game up.

“The song is meant to serve as motivation, both to my listeners and myself. It’s the soundtrack for anyone striving to better themselves” says Manaz, real name Rian Kavanagh.

Diagnosed with a degenerative vision impairment at a young age, the former Port Lincoln local forged a name for himself as one of Australia’s most prolific battle MC’s, amassing over a million YouTube views before going on to establish himself as an equally talented recording artist.

Boasting collaborations with artists such as U.S. heavyweight Young Buck (50 Cent/G-Unit), Manaz has also shared stages with local and international acts, the likes of which include Hopsin, Merkules and Kerser.

With the album slated for release March 15th and a nationwide tour to be announced, it’s safe to say things are only looking up for Manaz Ill.

Source: AllAussieHipHop.com

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PREMIERE: Adelaide Afro-Pop Crew ‘Africa Connection’ Release Debut Single, Mama Salone

Adelaide Afro Pop collective Africa Connection (AC5), today release their debut single, Mama Salone, off of their highly forthcoming album, THE RISE.

A musical dedication to Sierra Leone, Mama Solone was written in the wake of the 2017 mudslides, the worst natural disaster to hit Sierra Leone in recent history which took the life of 1,141 people and left a nation devastated.

Eighteen months on from this tragic event, Mama Salone highlights the social and environmental implications of a governmental focused only on financial development at all expenses, examining why predictions of environmental disaster were ignored in a country already recovering from a civic war and Ebola.

 

 

Musically, the single is a stunning collaborative genre mix dancing between soulful Afro pop, embedded on top of strong and eloquent dancehall vibes that transports the listeners between verses of robust Hip hop and RnB vocal mantras.

Mama Solone comes off the AC5’s debut album , THE RISE , set for release in Mid-2019. AC5 is based in Adelaide, Australia and Liberia, Africa. Cutting through boarders to start a movement that will see the crew actualise its ambitions. AC5 believes there are no limits and the boundaries are just demographical, which shouldn’t be barriers to multiculturalism relations.

Source: AllAussieHipHop.com

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