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
Rest in Peace Bottles!
This Saturday night at The Workers Club, Fitzroy come party with us. Plenty of funk, soul and hip-hop for your ear to hear. Ugh!
I though id share a little review blurb written by some hip, young upstart, of a show we tore down some 10 years ago. I think from the jump we were out to make the promoters night a cunt. Beside the fact the ticket prices were a steep $20, it was a poor choice of venue to hold a DMC event in the first place..The spot was a well know techno super club. Turns out half the club was shut and all the bedroom DJs and support acts were arse holed to the basement level to pay excessive drink prices and harassed by overweight bouncers.The Thursday night and loss of the sponsorship (if memory severs correct) didn’t help either. In standard fashion we drunk everyone’s rider, demanded more rider as ours was drunk by some ‘other cunts’, stormed the stage and proceeded to invite anyone and everyone to the stage to fuck it up with us. It will go down as one of the most memorable 750 shows, for me.
Here’s her reports…
750 Rebels performed prior to the announcement of winners. They were impressive in the sense that they were a big group of guys rapping in sync on a swamped stage. How the crowd managed to get up there, stay there and whether 750 Rebels were happy with this development remains an unsolved mystery. Not much else about 750 Rebels impressed me. The crowd on the stage were obviously having a GREAT time and the ones on the ground were moved to shuffle a bit (the most active I saw them all night). Either the music was better, or the Tooheys New was finally kicking in. By the end of the set, which seemed interminable, the room was fairly empty.
I really enjoyed and miss the old DMC battles in the early-mid 2000s. The fact, the DJ had to put a decent amount of forethough into their routine, covering the right selection of music, what parts to play and when was/is an art in itself. What records they were diggin, borrowing or stealing and playing on the night to get an original concept across to get the crowd Gd up was a big thing for me as I’ve never really learnt the technical shit on the decks other than blends. Some kid could use his fucking elbow to scratch a record but if that shit sounded wak it sounded wak but I could always appreciate and see the merit for some of the tricks and showmanship involved with some of it.
Big up to the DJ’s out there putting out live mixes and doing their thing still.
This month I reached out to our DSTT main stay regular Servo for a sample to flip. He hit us off with one of his recent op-shop digs Dudley Moore (British actor/ Jazz Musician) – The World of Dudley Moore. I would have picked this up for that hair alone. That mop perm stay one hunid son!
Servo dropped a gem on us, choosing, ‘A sad one for George’. Slinky Jazz bass, aired out keys and dusted grooves on this joint.
Thanks to all producers and servo for supplying the dig. From the feedback I’ve had I think we all enjoyed making something out of this sample, there was so many options.
Take a listen to the OG and peep the parts used for the beats and take a guess at who you think made what. I’ll follow up this post with the results next week.
Karsniogenics is proud to welcome the latest addition to the K roster – Gaz Hazard. Gaz, renowned within the underground Australian Hip-Hop traps for his honest brutal rhyming and live stage performances. He is sure to add a higher calibre of rawness to the Karsniogenics label.
Hailing from Brisbane’s south side Gaz Hazard was a founding member of underground rap group CRS (Cool, Rad, Skills or Cunt Rap Syndicate). CRS garnered cult-like support in the mid to late 2000’s following the release of the crew’s debut album, Gully Down Crooks. Known for their rowdiness and a “back to basics” approach the Cunt Rap Syndicate finally reopened their doors in 2013 with the first full-length release from one of their most promising MC’s with Gaz Hazard’s Hazardous To Ya Health album.
Hazardous To Ya Health saw Gaz trawling through a lifetime of memories from the opposite side of the law, a vantage point from which very few local MC’s can truly speak. The album featured the remarkable talents of fellow CRS members Pors 1 and Servo who provide five verses and nine stellar beats respectively. The album also relished collaborations with close mates the 750 Rebels and Hired Goons; Ken Oath, Billy Bunks, Bigfoot, Jake Biz and Tornts bringing a powerhouse of Australian hip-hop to it’s forefront.
Since the release of Hazardous To Ya Health, Gaz has been honing his skills and perfecting his craft both on stage and in the lab. With a number of admirable shows under his belt including three Stand Up supports in 2014 (Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide) and a few local headliners between. The time has come for Gaz to once again embark on his solo journey with his sophomore album well in the works and expected to release late 2015.
In celebration of the label announcement Gaz has composed a new track and video titled ‘The Blueprint’ shot, cut and stabbed by long time friend Heathen Steelberg. The track is produced by a Gemini Method collaboration of label compadre Akidcalledchubz and Dontez of Kings Konketed (Unkut Recordings) and features killah cuts from the Karsniogenics head honcho Dj Dcide. Please help us welcome Gaz to the brotherhood that be Karsniogenics records and wish him a long productive career of independently released Hip-Hop music.