Brisbane’s home of hip-hop, Karsniogenics are proud to present the sophomore release for GAZ HAZARD and his label debut, the uncompromising and incomparable, WELCOME TO GULLYWOOD.
Following 2012’s cult classic Hazardous To Your Health, W2G plays as the perfect juxtaposition between Gaz’s criminal past and his current path in life; as a family man, business owner and MC.
After a lifestyle change and rebuilding Gullywood Studios Gaz decided to commence work on the follow up to his independent debut, 6 years in the making, W2G works as Gaz’s salvation and redemption, a testament to a life lived and the lives lost along the way.
The title track WELCOME TO GULLYWOOD kicks the album off with features from 750 REBELS veteran KEN OATH on the hook and a standout second verse from one of Gaz’s great friends, another stalwart of the Australian hip-hop game of both Hired Goons and 750 Rebels crews; the on stage and microphone monster BIGFOOT.
WU TANG is a LAZY GREY produced burner that elaborates on Gaz’s time spent on the opposite side of the law and how the music then influenced his actions and continues to do so to the present day. A vivid true story of underworld dealings that Scorcese himself couldn’t have scripted.
Wretched poetry is the order of the day on INCOGNITO. Produced by and featuring long- time friend, collaborator and Hired Goon veteran TORNTS, the two street level warriors trade bars like Spartans over a murky and belligerent soundscape that is without doubt an album highlight.
Prolific Adelaide producer REALIZM contributes three heat rocks with one of the standouts being HINDSIGHT. An amazing and soulful production, REALIZM lays the perfect bed for Gaz to give you a brief insight into how he used to live, in his own words;
“As a young man I got involved in some heavy shit when being infiltrated by an undercover cop in a police investigation where they offered sums of cash for lists of goods. This is called Entrapment but it’s a law that does not exist in this country and so the whole crew got pinched and copped our charges on the chin.. As you do in my world.”
Alongside the afore mentioned highlights, packs a crew heavy ensemble without sounding guest heavy or overbearing. GAZ HAZARD shines alongside the likes of KEN OATH, BIGFOOT, TORNTS, LAZY GREY, SUSS ONE, JAKE BIZ, OVERPROOF PETE, SIMPLEX and PORSE 1 with a heavy roster of production assists from LAZY GREY, TORNTS, REALIZM, HEATA, AKIDCALLEDCHUBZ and DONTEZ of KINGS KONEKTED; all showing up to lend a fluid and complete sound to the album. Karsniogenics Head honcho DJ DCIDE lends cuts to several tracks while also overseeing the overall arrangements and flow of the record.
WELCOME TO GULLYWOOD plays like Gaz’s magnum opus, an amazing collection of tracks that display phenomenal growth as not just an MC but as a man. As an MC, Gaz brings an incredible ear for beat selection – on clear display across W2G – and spits with a brutal honesty few could muster, because very few have tread the path GAZ HAZARD has. WELCOME TO GULLYWOOD is as entertaining a listen as it is intensely personal and brutal.
A funky journey through the heart and mind of someone that has been there and lived it, WELCOME TO GULLYWOOD.
Karsniogenics MC “Suss One” will be bringing the heat at the end of this month for the launch of his EP “Konekt Game”. Suss has been around for a minute now and is sure to smash this out the park with a stellar local line up and hosted by the king Len-One.
Gaz Hazard & DJ DCE will back the great man on stage, ensuring a killer night for all fans.
Brisbane stand up!
Pre-sales are available here at http://woollymammoth.com.au or 20 clams on the door.
Website – http://www.karsniogenics.com.au
Check Suss One’s filmclip from the “Konekt Game” EP below, Executed by Josh Davis & Heata HG.
Following on from the full-length album “KOLD HEAT” released late 2014, the team at Karsniogenics have put together a limited edition 7 inch vinyl release specifically for this years WRSD.
The A-side joint “PIG CITY” artwork pays homage to Brisbane band THE PARAMETERS “PIG CITY” track originally recorded at 4ZZZ radio and released in 1984. The release has provided it’s name to Brisbane author Andrew Stafford, (PIG CITY; from The Saints to Savage Garden) focusing on the Brisbane music scene and tracking the political climate from the 1970’s to the 2000’s.
The AA-side joint “MAGNUM OPUS” was a personal favourite of the artists and well received by 750 fans alike. To celebrate this release the crew has cooked up an abstract piece of visual art to accompany the song, which will be available via the Karsniogenics YouTube channel on our online preorder day, Wednesday April 19.
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.