PR: Obese Records Presents Chasm "This Is How We Never Die"
Courtesy Obese Records.
It is the first time in the history of Australian hip hop that our local artists like Delta, Hau, Solo etc. are sharing tracks with huge international names including (from the US): AG (Showbiz & AG of the pioneering D.I.T.C. Crew), Vast Aire (Def Jux), New Zealand’s Dave Dallas (first artist outside of the US to be signed by New York indie label Duck Down Music Inc.) and many more.
“I think people are really going to appreciate the international aspect. Chasm’s got some killer Aussie artists collaborating with a nice portion of the world’s best emcees. It’s pretty exciting for Australian hip hop, it means we’ve reached a pretty high standard when legends like Vast Aire and AG are noticing us. Not to mention jumping on a track.” Pegz, Obese Records CEO
After three hilarious episodes and tons of responses on the #JBF Kit comedy series, MrMecc is proud to present the world premiere of #JBF, the official video for his first single from his upcoming mixtape, I Can Explain..! featuring, up-and-coming femcee Nova Rocafeller, radio host Combat Jack, The Company Man, and porn star extraordinaire and AVA mainstay Aryana Starr.
Last week, Chicago's L.E.P. Bogus Boys hit fans with not only the "Kush & Leather (Remix)" featuring Rick Ross, but also a brand new, six-track collaborative remix EP with The Hood Internet. Now, Count & Moonie are back with some special footage from a recent Reebok-sponsored show held for L.E.P.'s rabid hometown fans.
PR: Drapht Announces U.S. Release of "The Life of Riley"
Courtesy Jerry Graham.
New York, NY- Australian hip hop sensation, Drapht has announced the U.S. release of “The Life Of Riley” on May 8th via The Ayems. The Life Of Riley is the fourth studio album by Drapht and marked him as one of only two Australian artists in 2011 whose album debuted at #1 in the Australian charts. The breakaway single “Rapunzel” appears on the album and has already reached double platinum sales status down under.
Linking up with long time musical collaborator Trials (also from Aussie hip hop outfit, Funkoars) as well as a veritable treasure trove of guest emcees (Nfa, Urthboy, Mantra) outside musicians, producers (M-Phazes) and singers (Abbe May, Simon Cox) The Life Of Riley is one of the most melodic yet genuine approaches to hip hop regardless of geography in recent years. Incorporating a great deal of live instrumentation into the beats as well as Drapht’s own uncanny sense of lyrical hooks, the album traverses through a record collection without boundaries including the almost 60’s psyche-pop of Rapunzel, the dark-dub styling of “Murder Murder” to world music inflected party-rocker “Bali Party” just to name a few.
As an emcee Drapht’s subject matter tends to blend devil-may-care youthful defiance with a deep and very vulnerable introspective side. Speaking on the genesis of Rapunzel, the idea of which carried over from his 2009 theme album Brothers Grimm Drapht says “I was reading over the Grimm fairy tales and the story of Rapunzel jumped out at me perfectly as a metaphor about an ex-girlfriend of mine who was close to my heart but a complete ball-breaker and unable to let her hair down. The lyrics itself were probably some of the easiest to write for the record but the recording process was a complete different story. The 60's surf-rock feel was 30bpm faster than the textbook mid 90’s hip hop sound, so the delivery took a while to get my head around.”
J RAWLS AND HIS JAZZ-HOP BAND UNVEIL "EQUINOX" VIDEO // NEW LCP ALBUM IN STORES NOW
The new album from producer J Rawls and his eclectic ensemble The Liquid Crystal Project hits stores everywhere earlier this week, and now they're unveiling the brand new video for the track "Equinox". The third album in the acclaimed Liquid Crystal series is now available for purchase, check it out at the links below.
MP3: Senor Kaos - "We're Here to Save the Day (Unreleased Remix)"
Courtesy Kaos Music.
In 2010 I was invited into the studio to work on a verse for The Constellations single “We’re Here To Save The Day” from their debut album “Southern Gothic.” I was excited for the opportunity and had a great experience writing/recording the track. However due to music industry politics Virgin Records decided they wanted Asher Roth on the record instead of me, and my version was scrapped and has never seen the light of day.
I’ve held on this song for over 2 years now, while it’s been collecting dust on a random flash drive. The song went on to become a success appearing on television and video games since its release. The time has come for me to liberate the music. I’m making it available as a free download for all my fans today.
Going through my vault, I realized I have a LOT of songs/verses that were recorded (some for me… some for others) that have never been heard. Many of them have interesting stories behind them as well. Maybe this music will find a home on a project one day… but as long as they find a home on your computer/iPod/MP3 Player, I’m just as happy.