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Brisbane MC/Producer Calski has announced the release of the third single from his EP ‘Folkus’. The track, ‘Just Clap’, is an undeniably funky dancefloor starter featuring renowned Canberra-born MC, Hau, and will be released on 7” vinyl by pioneer Queensland hip hop label Hydrofunk Records.
The ‘Just Clap’ 7” is out 19 July 2016 and boasts the equally impressive B-side track ‘One Hand On The Bible’ featuring favourites Briggs and I AM D. While the EP ‘Folkus’ drops on the same date, those who purchase the ‘Just Clap’ 7″ vinyl single will receive the full 5 track EP via free download. Along with the vinyl tracks ‘Folkus’ features Aus MC’s Dialectrix, Sinks & Raven.
Calski has been a consistent and unmatched presence in the Hip Hop community in Australia since the early 2000’s. Known for his unmistakable production and profound lyricism, Calski is also a DJ and multi-instrumentalist, playing bass, keys and guitar.
Having supported the likes of Ghostface Killah (USA), Public Enemy (USA), Total Eclipse (USA), The Herd, Urthboy, Mantra, Spit Syndicate and Joelistics, Calski has long been considered a peer amongst Australian Hip Hop greats and attributes his style to the influences of Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, DJ Premier, Black Milk, Apollo Brown and more.
Purchase your copy from the Hydrofunk Records online store HERE or hitup your local independent record store.
A decade ago friends, family and associates from all over the country came together to say goodbye to Stephen John Dawson Atkinson, better known in hip-hop circles as JEEPS aka Gunnery Sergeant Problem Child.
Jeeps was a cool ass dude who loved the culture and expressed his passion for it through signature double E graffiti pieces. He was down with most writers in the River City, showing love East, North, South and West and represented PMC/BRA crews and the 750 Rebels. Beyond that he was a quiet achiever, a kind friend with a cold beer and helping hand for anyone in need. For those reasons and many more the funeral home in Bowen Hills was packed from front to back with people keen to pay their respects and wish him well in the afterlife. After the ceremony the crowd assembled at the Queens Arms hotel in Fortitude Valley to do it up big daddy Jeeps style one last time.
During the wake, words from mourners were recorded and later blended between songs requested by close friends on a mix put together by the Phat Tape crew and aired on 4ZzZ the following Sunday night. The tribute served as the perfect drinking companion for those that wished to feel close to him again and went on to be played 10 years straight on 4ZzZ 102.1FM at this time of the year. Some years ago the files got corrupted and ruined the last 5 minutes or so of the original mix.. If you got it holla!
MISS YA HEAPS, REST IN PARADISE BRO!! Peace Chubba
Simplex Presents 845AM Volume 1. Limited Edition AA Side 7″ Vinyl Produced by Simplex (Terra Firma/Certified Wise) featuring Lflows (Unkut Recordings) and Pace Won (Outsidaz) Cuts By DJ Juice. Cover artwork by Lee Harnden/Linz (Ironlak)
Check the promo video below;
Side A : The Pain – Lflows (Unkut Recordings) AUS
Side AA : Run Along – Pace Won (Outsidaz) US & Dj Juice
Head HERE to purchase digitally or on delicious black crack vinyl.
In an attempt to stay inspired and true to Run Royal’s promise of exclusive material, I recently found myself diggin’ through a tonne of shoe boxes in search for unreleased and lessor known content to share with ya bad selves. In amoungst the madness of old flyers, cassettes, ticket stubs, stickers, magazines and cd’s I unearthed bookoo gems that had been long forgotten..
First back ride to jump off is a posse cut from Brisbane’s WDTS crew circa 2000? I ripped this joint from a Lewkwarm demo cd who at the time was murkin’ mics with a layed back Brisbane style at Rics Cafe, Drop Zone, 8-ball and other local hip-hop nights from that era.
Lewkwarm kicks things off followed by a rare verse from Leva (“you ain’t up like the ducks”) K-West from The Optimen and Yuin Huzami from The Coalition. The Rasco sample hook always stuck with me although I somehow convinced myself it was Rakim! Thanks K-West for clearing that up for me recently. Who produced the beat though?? Someone in the know, feel free to comment and fill in the gaps.
Stay tuned for more regular posts of this nature coming soon. Enjoy!
People all over the world woke up on the first day of 2016 to the tragic news of UK producer Mark B passing away. Friends and fans have been paying their respects by sharing memories of a man who inspired many and helped define the sound of hip-hop music in the UK.
As a tribute from the team at Run Royal we have selected 5 songs to share that Mark produced. Rest In Peace to a true King of the Beats, we’ll go diggin’ in the next life.
Delta – The Lostralian
Mark B & Al Tariq – The Great Ones
Mark B & Blade – The Unknown
OC – Born To Live (Mark B remix)
Task Force – Its On You (feat. SkinnyMan & Mark B)
Shouts to Robbie @ unkut.com for his compilation of 40 favourite’s from 2015. If you got caught up and missed a whole bunch of shit, then this is a good indication of what the year looked like. There’s a couple meh joints in there but who’s got time to argue with another man’s opinion. Track listing and download link below.
01 ‘Day 13’ – Dr. Yen Lo
02 ‘Metal Beard’ – Sean Price feat. Vic Spencer
03 ‘Synergy’ – Jadakiss feat. Styles P
04 ‘Even If’ – Capone-N-Noreaga feat. Tragedy Khadafi
05 ‘The Watch’ – Willie The Kid feat. Royce Da 5’9
06 ‘Life Time’ – Styles P
07 ‘Sweet Chick’ – Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire
08 ‘Junkyard Dogs’ – Czarface feat. Juju
09 ‘Open Fire’ – Clever 1
10 ‘Summer Nine Five’ – Maffew Ragazino
11 ‘No Filter’ – Cormega and Roc Marciano
12 ‘Revolver’ – Da Buze Brovaz feat. Tug McGraw
13 ‘God Praise’ – O.C. and Debonair P
14 ‘True G’ – LUVNY feat. Lord Tariq
15 ‘Everlasting’ – Hus Kingpin and SmooVth
16 ‘Auction’ – Puff Daddy feat. Lil’ Kim, Styles P and King Los
17 ‘The More Things Change’ – Grand Puba
18 ‘Gangsta 2K15’ – Agallah The Don feat. Hus Kingpin
19 ‘Complexion (A Zulu Love)’ – Kendrick Lamar feat. Rapsody
20 ‘We Don’t Play’ – Aim and QNC feat. Grand Puba and Sean Price
21 ‘Extradite’ – Freddie Gibbs feat. Black Thought
22 ‘Drive A Nigga Crazy’ – Rick Ross
23 ‘Pay It Forward’ – J-Live
24 ‘Lively Hood’ – DOOMSTARKS
25 ‘Grey Coupe’ – Courteous L feat. Jacardi Jacobs
26 ‘City of God’ – Rast
27 ‘QU Wordsmith’ – LEX
28 ‘H.I.T.H.’ – The Doppelgangaz
29 ‘Rooted’ – Scarface feat. Papa Reu
30 ‘B.L.O.W.’ – A.G.
31 ‘Circadian Rhythm’ – DUS feat. Eloh Kush
32 ‘Revory (Wraith)’ – Raekwon feat. Ghostface Killah and Rick Ross
33 ‘Sophia Yo’ – Large Pro
34 ‘Sasquatch In a UFO’ – Your Old Droog
35 ‘Glisten’ – R.A.W. (Problemz & DJ Skizz) feat. Lil Fame
36 ‘Clutch’ – Erick Sermon feat. Method Man and Redman
37 ‘Worldwide’ – Method Man feat. Hanz On, Uncle Murda, Chedda Bang
38 ‘Cocaina’ – Milano
39 ‘The Documentary 2’ – The Game
40 ‘Pointy Shoes’ – Ray West and Kool Keith
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Late last year Debonair P (Gentleman’s Relief) teamed up with O.C. (DITC) and dropped a dope 4 track EP ‘Dive In’. For someone who flew half way across Australia to see O.C. live in early twenty fifteen, the year couldn’t of ended any better. After almost a month of bangin’ the digital format I was excited to hear that vinyl pre-orders were shipping this week and felt the urge to share with y’all..
DP provides moody soundscapes setting a perfect background for O’s forethought and skills tight cut chorus’ on all 4 joints which I found refreshing after bumping the rhyme chorus heavy classic ‘Trophies’. O.C. did what he does best and put you all in check with deep conscious lyrics and a smooth delivery that he makes sound seemingly effortless.
The bandcamp D/L came with bonus instrumentals and remixes but left me hanging for more; like a good extended play should. I don’t even need to say it, if you’re reading this blog then this is probably your shit too! Check the soundcloud snippets below.
For those who have got to have it on wax, there are still some copies available HERE
Dive in and enjoy!
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?
I was recently diggin’ through an old shoebox of all sorts and come across a few gems. One being this flyer for Lazy Grey and Ken Oath’s ‘Have A Beer‘ film clip screening at Rics Cafe a decade plus some years ago.
Before social media it was community radio, word of mouth and flyers like this one at your local record store that brought heads together from all sides of the city.
For locals ‘Have A Beer’ and the entire Lazy Grey ‘On Or Off Tap’ release became a drinking anthem for Rivercity crews in the park after dark getting street educated.
Most will agree that it was during this time (98-02) that today’s local Hip-Hop scenes foundations were established. But for most that attended, nights like this are now just a few sketchy memories refered to as ‘the good ol’ days’.
And on that note..
Artist: Harmon Bethea
Label: Musicor Records
Calski is back at it with some more of that rawness, this time teaming up with Dialectrix on a new joint titled ‘I Know’. The beat bangs hard like a flyscreen in a cyclone and both Cal and D-Trix come correct with tight flows and witty wordplay to match. ‘I Know’ is available for free download from his soundcloud but capped at 100 dl’s so don’t sleep.
The 2nd Annual Crush City exhibition opening night is taking place this Saturday, September 26 at Jugglers Art Space. Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
Artists with work on display include John Lupo Avanti, Eric Bruckner, Sam Hillcoat, Tristan Trenaman, Reals, Jay Christensen, Meks, Blex, Cekios, Diz & Malis.