Hip Hop: Jesswar is an artist not to be missed, and the future is bright for Daniel Elia

News on Jesswar, Daniel Elia, Obie Trice, and Any Rhythm Sunday.

Navigating a successful career through the music industry is a tough gig. The hip hop world, in particular, is a little rough, calling for a sharp tongue and thick skin to fight off any negativity hurled at you by haters.  One such way to embrace the fight is to simply not give a fuck. This is how indie hip hop artist Jesswar approaches the stage. Hailing from Fiji but calling Brissie home, Jesswar uses the microphone as her weapon of choice, carving a name for herself as a badass female rapper with a fierce attitude. She’s supported the likes of iconic rappers Seth Sentry and Lady Leshurr and has appeared on festival lineups including Laneway and Groovin the Moo. Her single ‘Savage’is a war call, unapologetically raw without a single fuck given. Its intent is clear: Jesswar is not one to be messed with. Get a taste of Jesswar’s Savage EP when she stops by The Gasometer Hotel on Saturday June 30.

Melbourne emcee Daniel Elia is wooing the world with his relentless raps. Conjuring hip hop tracks with a message, the emcee isn’t afraid to speak his mind, weaving truth into politically engaging raps. His music encapsulates the trials and tribulations faced by South Sudanese youth in Australia. Elia’s latest song ‘I Know It Very Well’speaks about dealing with racial profiling in The World’s Most Liveable City, and the depression that follows. Heartfelt lyrics ring true across stripped-back beats with a liquid flow that is undeniably impressive. Teaming up with DJ Iced in 2017, Elia launched his own record label ALIA (A Legion of Incredible Artists). Their current artist roster includes up-and-coming hip-hop artists Gradi, Yung Baddie, Dilara and Manny Lado. The future is bright for Elia – show your support when he takes to the stage at Dizzy’s Jazz Club on Friday July 20.

Veteran Detroit rapper Obie Trice has announced his Cheers 15th-anniversary tour, hitting Australian shores this July. Celebrating the release of the iconic album and his successful rap career, Trice shows no signs of slowing down. Witness the rapper when he visits Max Watt’s on Thursday July 12.

The team at Sensible Antixx present the next edition of the ever popular Any Rhythm Sunday. Catch the soulful vibes of Adrian Eagle, the poetics of Poppy Rose and the folk storytelling by Rhys at the next upcoming gig. DJ Clegs is on the decks, and with free entry it’s a chilled out way to spend your arvo this Sunday July 1.