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Posted 23 Jan 2013 @ 3:40pm

Whomping funk gives way to glittering disco soul in the slightly ridiculous new single from Justin Timberlake. Jay-Z raps fast over a slow instrumental break then JT swings back in with his Off The Wall-era Michael Jackson homage. The whole pretty package comes courtesy of producers Timbaland and J-Roc Harmon, who know their shit.

Posted 26 Apr 2012 @ 12:29pm

The enigmatic duo will be visiting Australian shores for their debut tour this June.

 

 

Taking the name from a notorious hip hop music video creator, Hype Williams create music engrained with early dubstep and grime, peppered with elements of pop and R&B. Hype Williams captivatingly transcend the line between music and performance art often playing with mountains of...

Posted 12 Apr 2012 @ 11:47am

 

Pez is ready to tackle round two of his career as the poster child for Aussie hip hop. He’s done the hard yards, done the shows and done the touring. He has also released an album and is working on another – no mean feat. None of this is an easy slog for a rapper Down Under, but he has done it with poise, hard work, determination and a love of the scene and the music. A couple of...

Posted 10 Apr 2012 @ 2:41pm

 

In a truly remarkable turn of events, two hip hop artists have withdrawn from this year's Supafest bill.

 

Due to budget concerns, modern day legends Missy Elliot and Diddy have been dropped from the bill.

 

The news follows on from the addition of T Pain on the bill.

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Posted 27 Mar 2012 @ 12:14pm

 

Define your genre in five words or less?

Gritty, pretty, crunk-pop.

 

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?

I’ve had a few already – Sia, Lilly Allen, Kimbra, Kate Nash, Nelly Furtado (circa '90s). Basically any white pop chick with a bit of quirk. In my dreams they say Beyonce.

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Posted 27 Feb 2012 @ 11:00am

Supafest have announced more heavyweight acts to join one of the best urban lineups ever assembled to tour Australia.

 

Joining gamechanger/namechanger P. Diddy, Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland and rappers Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Ice Cube and Trey Songz will be R&B supastar Chris Brown, hip hop legend Missy Elliott, old school favourites Naughty By Nature as well as rapper...

Posted 12 Jan 2012 @ 11:04am

If Roman Zolanski is Nicki's alter ego, Nikki is Kanye West's better half. Her new single is all ferocious, gnashing melodrama, taking hip hop to psychotic operatic heights that Kanye can only tweet about. Popping with dancehall rhythms, the track includes mad jabbering rhymes that bend and flex with elastic stretch, hollering, moaning, skittering and bouncing in unfettered, full flight rap...

Posted 20 Dec 2011 @ 11:32am

Support slots are a funny thing. Within the space of two months, I saw Jay-Z and Fucked Up perform as guests for U2 and The Bronx respectively. Both sets were incredible in their respective sense. But the label of support comes loaded with an impedance of context, one which wouldn't materialise in the festival setting, for instance. Lucky for us, Fucked Up have graced us with their presence...

Posted 15 Dec 2011 @ 9:21am

Where would a Drake album be without a heavy dose of braggadocio, impressive collaborations and fresh beats? For his second studio album, Take Care, Drake employs his aforementioned stylistic elements; however he offers some fresh twists through the melodic structures of his songs. Applying disjointed synths and varied timbres throughout the bass heavy album, he spices up the tracks. Take Care...

Posted 2 Dec 2011 @ 1:22pm

The hip hop invasion of Australia kicked off around a decade ago with the infiltration of troublemakers like Eminem. "Infesting in your kid's ears and nesting," he once said. After years of festering in the beer-fuelled underground, hip hop of the Aussie variety began to make its mark as the Hilltop Hoods and their brethren shook up radio complacency. Thanks to their door opening, a new...

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