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.
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.
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.
After a huge 4 months of touring, capping it off with a huge performance at Splendour in the Grass, B Wise is back with a new single and video.
‘Actin’ Different’ is about embracing your free side, the side where you don’t care what anyone thinks about you and you’re just living in the moment. That feeling of opening the sunroof in the middle of winter, feeling on top of the world. ‘Actin’ Different’ is produced by Juve and mixed by DOPAM!NE, and precedes B Wise’s debut album.
Coming off the big vibes of Feel Something and the celebratory jam The Key.
This year is heating up for B Wise, with exciting news coming any minute. B Wise ‘Actin’ Different’ is out now everywhere, through Elefant Traks.