Pelako – Green And Gold
I was first introduced to the sounds of Pelako through a friend who brought the ‘Green And Gold’ CD over to a place I was living at about a decade ago. It wasn’t until recently when I scored myself a copy that I had the opportunity to enjoy it to it’s full extent. That was about a month ago, its barely left the whip since and has supplied the perfect soundtrack to many crate diggin’ escapades already.
Green And Gold is a less known release from Victorian rapper/producer/deejay/digga Pelako AKA Tetro Gigolo. Written and produced entirely by Pelako, ‘Green And Gold’ is a true DIY album. As a bonus to the 17 tracks of diggin’ anthems, blaze songs, story tellers, funkdafied beats and chill skits ‘Green And Gold’ comes with a second disc jam packed with $2 digs mixed to your delight.
I could go on and on but to give you a better idea of what Pelako and Green And Gold is all about, here’s some words taken from the liner notes;
“Green n Gold was created after many countless hours watching test cricket, drinking and smoking and going to garage sales in the off season and sleeping on the three seater. After realizing that nothing was getting done, I decided to finally have a go at that hip hop album. Obviously MPC heavy, it is a vein attempt to re-coup some of the funds spent on stupid amounts of records.
The album is all sorts of programming, I tried to turn the quantize off most of the time, so some of the beats are loose. You sample anything with the MPC, and you’ll soon learn what good production is all about. This project is far from it. With no budget (I also quit my day job) my mate The Barman gave me the option of recording at his new studio, as long as he was bent 86% of the recording time. It is our first attempt at an album length, vocal and MPC based recording. I refer to him when I call out “We’ve got the Midas Touch” as I would give him absolute shit samples and he got them to a state of play. The Barman deserves a lot of credit to the finality of this project and future shizzy. The final edit is seventeen tracks of samples, MPC drum breaks, extended skits with Pelako vocals, toasting everything from getting money to not having any. Nothing is really resolved except: you don’t get out unless you put in, from a filthy sack to underground thugs. This is what is happening to all these cats in OZ Hip Hop. They are finally seeing some money. Many front on it, I encourage it. Get your FOLD RIGHT!!! If you are going to sell the project just make sure your getting scrilla. Go for gold!!! There is no sell out when bootlegging is rife.
Pelako the Tetro Gigolo is the alias I use to keep my green grocers anonymous. It’s a Melbourne thing. Those in Richmond will know what I’m on about. Sort of EURO. To obtain the role of Tetro Gigolo I started the project with one vice; which is most obvious through out the whole project. Most OZ hip hop has a huge reference to booze, but to keep above board I stored the booze until the final cut. With-out that hang over, I got the focus for finishing each track, and had the patience for the repetitiveness sequence programming. The cons of such heavy puff, is breath. But Tet G was steady rollin’. When you are hooked on an MPC, you tend to become a hermit, so by the time it came to pen the lyrics, I tossed up stuff that was all observed close to home. Weed talk, footy stuff, getting money, underworld stuff, record collecting, old school references. There is only so much you can rock a topic so I threw in skits and beats to break it up. Like a intermission to pack another. The intro and outro are deceptors, got you thinking it’s some North of the Yarra Hippie Rap. It’s more a calling sign to make sure your blazed.
It is Victorian and Librel based, with references to Kennet the Great, as heard in Green and Gold (Grown and Country). Fuck it, business first!!! But Green and Gold is reference to everyone who is asking themselves how are they getting money, and who are they doing it for? I know heaps of Vic cats getting scrilla from being famous graff artists. This is what it is about. Let’s floss these fools with all this money to burn. Fuck it, it’s owed to Victoria. Our Old School should get it first, and as an unknown there is no money in this shit. So why do it? Green or Gold, Crown or Country? I was never good at graff, I played footy, I didn’t break dance, I collected records and since I heard crews like AKA, DWC, Formulators, Mama’s Funk, and Prowla, I wanted to get this shit done. I threw out the TV and wrote raps about what I want from money and how others get it and what I have to do to get my fold right. Green and Gold is that document.”
Check the diggin’ anthem ‘GOLD RUSH’ below and ask yourself; are you doing it for the Green or Gold? Crown or Country?