Just announced: We’re playing Falls Music and Arts Festival, and we could not be any more goddam excited!
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Gold Coast, we are coming to your beautiful part of the world this November for Shakafest. A limited amount of early bird tickets will be available this Thursday at 10:00am. Hit up the link below to get involved. https://arep.co/p/shakafest-presale
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Rapper Charles X and Hypeman Golo (fka R2D2) give us Western Sydney’s rap duo Cult Shφtta. Noted for their eccentric signature style and stage presence, the childhood friends are nothing less than colourful.
With the recent release of their single ‘Boomin’ featuring Atlanta rapper Reese Laflare, and recently inking a deal with Sydney’s Poster Child agency. Never ones to sit still, the duo have recently released their next offering of wavey post-punk mutant rap entitled ‘Likkel Rider’. The track is self produced and begins with a haunting sample that creeps into a driving trap beat – perfectly melding the two worlds together all whilst Charles X echoes the singles title.
Something a little different from the duo, the track continues its journey into a melodic verse that echoes the hallmarks of Charles’ ability to write swooning rap melodies. Golo is never too far form the action and ensures the the duos signature ad libs are present throughout.
Cult Shφtta’s energy and following hasn’t gone unnoticed, landing them performances at festivals such as The Plot, Snow Tunes and Hard Grime – the duo are also proud to announce their recent signing to TMRW Music Group imprint Poster Child…home to artists such as Kilter, Ebony Boadu, Go Freek, Kinder and more.
With plenty more tricks up their sleeve, it’s easy to see why 2018 is predicted to be the
year of the SHØTTA!!!
Melbourne-based producer Royalz has recently released his debut album Live 95 on local imprint GRHYME Productions. The impressive debut features the likes of Conway aka Conway The Machine of Shady Records / Interscope and Roc Marci aka Roc Marciano over a stacked 12-tracks will no fillers. A hip-hop purist at heart, Live 95 is the capstone project so far in a career spanning almost 15 years and a dozen or so various releases of sorts since his Sinergy Crew days. Steadily honing and building his craft, this release promises to help elevate Royalz to the next level that his production now commands.
The quality release is interesting in the sense that it combines two top quality feature verses from American emcees currently at the top of their game with a mixture of verses from well established Australian emcees including Kings Konekted, Tornts, Dialect, Hau, One Sixth, DownPat, Bigfoot of Hired Goons, Angus Younga plus New Yorks’ SmooVth.
Royalz over recent years has been highly prolific on the remix, churning out an impressive catalog of high-quality remixes from the likes of Hau, Delta, Trem, Bias B, Vents, Brad Strut and his trio of Man vs Maschine releases. It will be interesting to see where Royalz goes next, but for now, he joins a growing list of Australian producers making their significant mark on hip-hop beyond their home country currently which includes the likes of M-Phazes, Kronic, Ghosts In The Room, Katalyst and Discourse.
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Detroit producer Apollo Brown has made a name for himself as one of Hip-Hop’s most legendary new producers while maintaining a golden era sound. His production credits are a who’s who of Hip-hop greats from Danny Brown to Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass to Westside Gunn. Even Chance the Rapper used a pair of Apollo beats on his debut mixtapes. Known for bringing the best out of musicians, Apollo has a knack for making timeless classics.
Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz started on none other than Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and built a huge buzz in the industry. He’s worked with legends like Just Blaze among others. He then signed to Shady Records as ¼ of the supergroup Slaughterhouse. He’s worked with Hip-Hop titans Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon, and Big Daddy Kane.
Now the pair of Hip-hop luminaries have their first collaborative album on Mello Music Group. It’s nothing short of a masterpiece introducing: ‘Mona Lisa’.
Australian producer Ghosts In The Room earlier this month released the four-track joint EP with G-Unit’s Young Buck titled Until Death on Mudd Music. The short but sweet release builds on the single in which they teamed up with Future and Kerser titled “Total Concentration” which proved to be one of the biggest American – Australian hip-hop collaborations yet.
Although Until Death itself clocks in at only 13 minutes long, it is also blessed with a wealth of features from Australian rappers including Manaz Ill, Mitchos Da Menace, TKO, Fortay, Omac, Cortext as well as Alabama’s Rich Boy.
Ghosts In The Room himself is a Hip-Hop producer from Australia’s capital Canberra of Mudd Music who has been producing beats since the early 2000s and cites The Alchemist, RZA and Just Blaze as key musical influences. Ghosts In The Room has worked previously with Iron Solomon, Kool G Rap, Okwerdz, Havoc of Mobb Deep, Bishop Lamont, Big Pooh, Mistah F.A.B., Block McCloud of Army Of The Pharaohs, Ras Kass, Ruste Juxx, Shabaam Sahdeeqplus a stack of talented locals over the last few years. Stay tuned for more from GITR soon.
Stream the EP in full here.
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Grammy-awarding winning R&B star Eric Bellinger returns to tour Australia and New Zealand, playing 11 shows across the stacked fortnight for his Eazy Call tour promoting his fourth studio album of the same name. Eric Bellinger has proven to be particularly popular “down under,” having toured multiple times over recent years.
The talented singer and songwriter have worked with the likes of Usher, E-40, The Game, Chris Brown, DJ Mustard, Ashanti, Brandy amongst many others. His latest charting release in Eazy Call which was released in April this year follows a string of mixtapes and EPs that he has released in recent years, developing his legacy as a talented performer in his own right. Eazy Call is a 15-track offering that reintroduces Bellinger to his fans as the talented artist that he is, linking up with the likes of Dom Kennedy, Ne-Yo, Mila J, Wale and Ma$e. Australian fans catch Eric Bellinger coming to a city near you, tour by Lucky Ent. X Lucky URBN.
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Compton-based award-winning rapper YG has recently announced that he will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for his second solo tour following the release of his successful third album Stay Dangerous on 4 Hunnid Records x CTE World x Def Jam Recordings earlier this month. YG is set to tour again through all major cities in Australia on the East Coast playing solo headline shows, a major festival as well as stopping off to hit Auckland in New Zealand. YG has proved hugely popular down under, with three singles and all three albums charting in Australia making it his strongest international market bar neighboring Canada. His new 15-track album features the likes of long-time collaborator DJ Mustard, YoungBoy NBA, Quavo of the Migos, Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky plus more and debuted at #5 on the US Billboard 200 charts. Stay Dangerous is also his first release to crack the Top 20 in Australia at #15 and currently sits at #21 in New Zealand too. Melbourne Friday 16 November, Festival Hall Auckland Wednesday 21 November, Logan Campbell Centre Sydney Friday 23 November, Hordern Pavilion Brisbane Sunday 25 November, Eatons Hill Hotel
After working with the likes of Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle, Big K.R.I.T., Kurupt, Young Jeezy, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik and E-40, Stay Dangerous solidifies YG in his place in hip-hop currently as one of the leading forces from the West Coast going international.
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