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.
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.
ChillinIt has just recently announced a massive headline tour across Australia with his brother on the mic in Wombat!
They will be bringing the ruckus around Australia with the 420 Family and lots of special guests throughout March and April 2019, including an under 18s run during the Easter School Holidays.
Tickets are limited. You also have an option with Zip Pay for Meet & Greet tickets and merch, which allows you to buy now and pay later. Only 100 VIP tickets are available per show, so get in quick.
ChillinIt has also just released what has been dubbed as clip of the year for the track ‘Wish You Well Pt 2’. The clip features a host of cameo appearances including the triple one lads right on through to the g Christopher Kevin. Chill continues his domination of 2018, we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in-store for this young king.
Here we have the brand new track from rapper The Eggman. The track titled Origins, searches for the inception of consciousness and life while recognising ones very own temporary existence.
Inspired by underground artists such as Suicideboy$, Night Lovell, and Denzel Curry, Origins features heavy production, utilising big drums and a fat 808 to accompany ominous synths and deep vocals.
Dropping alongside the audio for Origins, comes a spacey set of visuals which was shot and edited by Brayden over at Fun Films. Be sure to check that out above and expect more explorations from The Eggman soon.
Fresh Violet is back with an exciting new video and single ‘Natural Born Killers (feat. Mr Ruckman)’ taken from her forthcoming debut album 50 Shades Of Violet – set for release later this year. The clip reflects a darker more playful energy from Violet, reinvigorating the sound from her 2017 single Gangsta whist maintaining the unapologetic attitude from her 2018 prelude EP ACKBARS.
Taking on a Harley Quinn and Joker styled relationship, the short film for NBK drips with inspiration from the film of the same name released in 1994. It displays Violet and Mr Ruckman on a wild rampage through the city streets, ticking off members from their hit-list with each verse. The intricately scripted, call-and-response wordplay delivers an exciting performance with unnoticed double-entendre punchlines jumping out from the duo with each listen.
Natural Born Killers unveils an impenitent honesty to Fresh Violets personality, showcasing a never before seen anger in her work, revealing one of the 50 Shades of Violet that can be expected from her highly anticipated debut album.
Thur Sep 6 The Basement Belconnen Act Supporting Mammal – Community Tour
Fri Sep 7 Manning Bar Sydney NSW Supporting Mammal – Community Tour
After touring the world, & returning to play one of the biggest music festivals in Australia, Splendour In The Grass, African-Australian artist MANU CROOKS has dropped a special collab track “Best Years” with fellow Western Sydney artists B Wise and Lil Spacely.
Manu Crooks has consistently made waves internationally over the past twelve months. From his breakout single “Everyday” immediately added to world-renowned radio station triple j, to his Beats 1 Radio & Zane Lowe-endorsed “Blowin’ Up” & “Assumptions”, Manu Crooks has surpassed any definitive entry level status to loud anticipation.
His debut mood forever project, executively produced by Miracle & DOPAM!NE, displayed Manu’s innate ability to swerve in an unpredictable trajectory while sustaining his thematic moodiness. This effort continued into 2018 with “Buddy Buddy” appearing on Spotify covers worldwide, “Presence” being added to New Music Friday in the US, and “Different League” (filmed in Paris) being praised by UK press while touring in Europe in January.
Manu Crooks’ most recent single “Fuego” has set Crooks into the limelight with rotation on triple j (AUS) & Kiss Fresh (UK), over 4 million streams on Spotify, as well as a world tour which included a massive Toronto show with ASAP Ferg and a European tour with SAINt JHN.
Otiuh are a Perth hip hop duo comprised of childhood friends Cesare Papa and Jahmeil Baker. They combine golden age lyricism with eclectic production and an infusion of funk & soul. The name of the group is taken from a Latin abstract term which refers to leisure time.
It was during these moments at concerts, festivals and in each other’s’ backyards rhyming where the two found their drive to make music. Being fans first, they cite influences anywhere from A Tribe Called Quest to Run the Jewels.
The duo released their first mixtape in 2017 and began performing around Perth. They soon formed a band and released a string of self-produced singles leading into 2018, gaining national airplay along the way. The act is gearing to release their second single of this year, ’85.
’85 is a neck-snapping groove that imagines the duo in a “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” type situation. A state where freedom of expression is enjoyed on the desert road away from society.
Otiuh deliver fast paced, braggadocios verses which bounce off exotic percussion and a creamy synth bassline. The track is further fleshed out by the baritone vocals of fellow Perth rapper José Halftime during the chorus and the screaming guitar of bandmate Will Johnson toward the end of the song.
After a successful run through the Australian series of The X-Factor, Lazy J took off with multiple releases building a solid Australian fan base. His feature on European superstar Faydee’s hit record ‘Laugh Till you Cry’ saw exposure to a new market, with the video exceeding over 60 million Youtube views, being the #1 record in multiple European countries 12 weeks straight.
However, after a few successful years throughout his late teens, J was involved in an incident that would set him back from creating music for a while.
In October 2012, Lazy J was involved in a brawl after a confrontation at his gig led to him being stabbed outside of a nightclub. Since returning back to the music game in 2017, J has released a mixtape titled ‘Gone A Minute Too Long’, with the hit single Flatline being the first to receive a visual treatment. Now in 2018, Lazy J hasn’t wasted a minute. His latest track Make Money Not Friends features NZ artist Poetik and is produced by local producer DJ Sefru. It also features backing vocals by Sydney singer/songwriter Bea Moon. Check it out below.
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