I love beached whale. The ABC has developed it into a mini TV series (5minute eps) it’s that good. Not music related I know, but thought a little bit of randomness wouldn’t go astray! That’s pretty choice aye bro?!
Onto the music. People will know that Hip Hop isn’t exactly my thing. Although, listening to Triple J, it’s pretty hard to get away from it, and I am a little partial to a good Aussie accent coming through in tracks. This all stems from my post on the cover Melbourne based MC Illy did of Where Is My Mind by The Pixies. Another blog out there in the blogosphere, Musings, picked up on this track and although Musings is based ol’ London town, she shared my love of a good Aussie accent and summery feel beats.
From that, I’ve gone through my limited Aussie Hip-Hop collection and decided to post some of my faves. Some are old, and some are from the past year or two. To begin with, one of my earliest introductions into Aussie funk and hip hop. The crew is Koolism. They were pretty big about 5 years ago. This track comes off a compilation I got as part of Ministry Australia magazine.
Next up is probably one of the biggest Aussie Hip Hop crews. They are Hilltop Hoods. They’re pretty good aye! This album became such a big album for everyone I knew when it came out. It changed the way Hip Hop was viewed in more mainstream Aussie music culture (Triple J, i’m looking at you!), as well as providing one of the best lines ever. “I’ll make origami of your lyrics…Gee…that’s good Suffa…what is it? IT’S A SWAN!”
Next up is a pretty cool little number complete with jazz flute. Aussie hip-hop seems to have the best idea of what a party jam should be. This is definitely a fave. And it’s a pretty massif track. The dude’s name is Drapht – Illy dropped a line from this song in his Where Is My Mind cover.
Final track to come out of my exploration into Aussie Hip-Hop is probably a favourite of the past year. I know it’ll feature in my best of list for this year. It’s got such a laidback feel. Such a simple premise for a track too. And it features an awesome ending with a freakin killer line. And it just brings home the funk. The dudes are Hermitude. It also features a great MC from The Herd, Urthboy, as well as a pretty stellar soul singer, Elana Stone.
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.