The conclusions are clear.
When the Royal Commission provided their recommendations in 1991, they quoted “Aboriginal people die in custody at a rate relative to their proportion of the whole population which was totally unacceptable and which would not be tolerated if it occurred in the non-Aboriginal community. But this occurs not because Aboriginal people in custody are more likely to die than others in custody but because the Aboriginal population is grossly over-represented in custody. Too many Aboriginal people are in custody too often.”
But since the report, the proportion of adult prisoners who are Indigenous has doubled – 13% of the prison population then to 27% now. So while the rate of Aboriginal deaths in custody has gone down slightly (rate per 1000 people in prison) more Aboriginal people are dying in custody today than when the inquiry happened. And many in circumstances where the recommendations have been ignored.
Please visit reporttothemist.com for more details and talk about whats been ignored and swept up under the rug.
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!
Due to outside commitments (well, that and the fact it takes me hours to type these posts) i didn’t get around to Wild Pitch Wednesday this week but rest easy friends, we’ll return with our regularly scheduled post next week.
In the meantime and in between time check this salute i wrote to the mighty Broken Tooth Entertainment for elsewhere on these here internets.
Broken Tooth Entertainment deserve the props. BTE have been at the forefront of innovative, independant hip hop in this country for well over a decade. Continually pushing the envelope, Broken Tooth is the most consistent label around and their influence Australia wide is not only visible but undeniable.
With LGEEZ, Booze Bastards and Fraksha having all dropped recently and Ciecmate, Mortar and Dazastah’s Grand Lodge 3 dropping later this month I thought I’d give ya 10 standout tracks from my favorite Australian record label.
Ciecmate & Newsense – Speaking As One
Ciecers and Stu are one of the greatest duo’s in Australia and this 12″ is still one of my favorite releases out of our country. If memory serves (and it rarely does) this was also the secret track on their debut album A Tale Of Two Cities, a must have in my books! I’m pretty sure this 12” got reviewed in an issue of HHC way back when also.
Bigfoot – Crimewave
The spirit of “Ride The Rhythm” era Rakim and vintage Ice-T is alive and thriving on this track here. Bigfoot is one of the best MC’s in the country and when he comes with a concept (like this, Can I Kick It or Footprints) he always nails it. I love DJ Lopsided’s cuts and Heata’s visuals for the video never disappoint. Giant Steps dropped a few years back, this is off that.
Gargoyle – Drown
“Rock n roll star, handing in a form fortnightly…” Rest In Power Joey! He didn’t get the props he deserved while he was with us but those of us that know, knew exactly what it was. An original voice with a knack for incredibly vivid and descriptive bars, Gargoyle is sorely missed!
Tornts – This Place
Tornts is without a doubt in my mind one of the most original and prolific voices in the local scene. Since he debuted with Adding Insult To Injury and over the course of his six solo releases that’ve followed, he’s constantly pushed himself and reinvented his science without ever once compromising what he does. This Place is off his last album Street Visions and wins on every level.
Fraksha – Rap Francais ft Tornts, Diem and Murky
BTE are rolling heavy on this recent cut. Fraksha has brought a refreshing influence to the game over the past five or six years. He’s at the forefront of the local grime movement and – in my opinion – his influence can be heard on a whole wave of next-gen rappers. That Smash Bros album is going to be crazy also!
Hospice Crew – Cainin’ Em ft Hired Goons
Back in 05/06 was the second time we heard the entire Hired Goon collective on one song and the results were undeniable. The raw, brutal energy of a HG posse cut can never be topped, it’s a barrage of individuals so innovative and individually unique that you don’t even know what style you’ll be hit with next. Fuck you!
Known Associates – Ashes To Dust
Me and most of my mates really enjoyed this record when it dropped. I was doing Phat Tape at the time and this and Fraksha’s debut My Way were getting a lot of burn. Ciecers and Mouf do their back and forth with this here and the beat is hard as fuckery.
Fraksha & Diem – Crepes
I fuck with cunts that fuck with sneakers and staying fresh, sorry for the language but its as simple as that.
And Diem needs to make more songs.
Newsense – Showstopper
Newsense is capable of all manner of poor behavior when he’s intoxicated, I know, I’ve seen it. This track is one of my favorites from the BTE catalogue, it’s clever, it’s quotable and it has the best use of a Lazy Grey cut yet. Stu’s flow and content is never less than A1 … We go to jams like Encino Man!
LGEEZ – The Anthem
BTE have got the future on lock with Flea and Son of Sam. This track is too ill, its adrenaline and pace is a fucking rush, they go in with the lyrics and the Nas cut in the chorus is perfect. Self built, confident MC’s with a strong online presence like this are a great continuation of the BTE legacy.
Billy Bunks – Devil’s Clay
Only Bunksy could make the idea of slingin literal shit at people from rooftops sound like a plausible and possibly doable offence. Nick’s production is that familiar headnod steez that I like and Bunksy comes through with the shit, for your ears and everywhere else… literally .
Go check out and support BTE’s music here: http://brokentoothentertainment.bigcartel.com/