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  • New Zealand Rapper JessB Announces Her First Australian Tour 2018

    New Zealand Rapper JessB Announces Her First Australian Tour 2018

    JessB New Zealand Female Rapper


    New Zealand rapper JessB announces her first Australian tour to launch her highly anticipated debut EP ‘Bloom’. The 7-track EP features her diamond-hard single ‘Set It Off’ as well as the just released, P-Money produced ‘Take It Down’ (Feat. Rubi Du).

    Quickly making her mark on New Zealand hip-hop, Jess has already racked up over 450,000K streams, collaborated with award-winning legends SWIDT, and secured the first female appearance on David Dallas’s ’64 Bars’ - a Red Bull backed project whereby MC’s are invited to take the mic and freestyle over a fresh beat. "She came in and handled it first take. She’s got a vibe, and she’s super confident" says Dallas.

    JessB has already conquered New Zealand’s biggest festival stages, Rhythm & Vines, Northern Bass and Soundsplash and most recently Auckland City Limits. She was also selected to open Stormzy’s two NZ shows in 2017.

    Of Kenyan descent, JessB grew up in Auckland and naturally gravitated towards hip-hop from an early age. Raised by her adoptive parents, hip-hop offered an avenue to explore her identity in a way that felt natural - providing a cultural touchstone as a minority in New Zealand.

    After meeting renowned producer P-Money through SoundCloud in 2014, the two began what would go onto be a solid friendship and musical partnership. As well as producing Jess’s debut release ‘Soul Free’, P-Money has become a mentor to Jess as well as playing his hand in producing, mixing and engineering a number of the tracks on the ‘Bloom’ EP.

    Speaking about her latest single Take It Down’, JessB describes it as a reflection of writing music that blends the significance of discussing serious issues with the necessity of having a good time with the people you love:

    “I am very passionate about my role as a female artist and what I want to be saying in my songs. I think it is super important to have a balance between talking on serious issues that affect myself and other people of colour and women of colour, but I also think it is so important to remember that we also need to have fun with life and our friends who we cherish.”

    JessB Australian Tour 2018


    JessB Australian Tour Dates:


    Brisbane - Friday May 4th - The Flamin’ Galah, Brisbane

    Supported by Jesswar, BlaqCarrie, Aywin, G Elenil, Dameeela & Babymama



    Melbourne - Saturday May 5th - Belleville, Melbourne

    Supported by Yaw Faso, DJ’s Mz Rizk, Creamy Mami & Colette



    Perth - Thursday May 10th - The Rosemount, Perth

    Supported by Jamilla, Hyclass & DJ Aslan



    Sydney - Friday May 11th - Oxford Art Factory (Gallery Bar), Sydney

    Supported by Kaiit, DJ’s DIOLA & Nicole Tania


  • Omar Musa Releases Brand New Album “Since Ali Died”

    Omar Musa Releases Brand New Album “Since Ali Died”

    Omar Musa - Since Ali Died

    “Since Ali Died” is an album of intensely personal and political songs and poems. The album is based around the idea that ever since his childhood hero Muhammad Ali died, Omar Musa feels like his life fell apart: loved ones died and got locked up, he found love and lost it, he lost his sanity, he saw a tangerine fascist take hostage of the world. Over production ranging from heavy, new wave beats to smooth R&B, “Since Ali Died” stands alongside “Reclaim Australia” by A.B. Original and “Divas And Demons” by Remi, but from a Muslim-Australian point of view. In an Australia that reduces so many identities to dangerous stereotypes, it is a timely and important album.

    Making appearances on “Since Ali Died” are singers Sarah Corry and Amali Golden, rappers Tasman Keith and Jeswon from Thundamentals, and artist Abdul Abdullah. Production was handled by Papertoy, Meare, Adit (Horrorshow) and PON CHO.

  • Interview! We Caught Up With Black Milk Ahead Of His Upcoming Aus/Nz Tour

    Black Milk Australian Show

    Black Milk stands on his own, a producer/MC working the underground hip-hop circuit with some of hip-hop’s dopest talent, shining hard out of the same city that laid out Motown to J-Dilla to Eminem.

    Producer and MC Curtis Cross AKA Black Milk has been on the grind, working the wheels as well as the mic for over ten years. From Detroit, Michigan, Black Milk first built his rep producing in 2001 for Slum Village, and so opened a credit list alongside the great ones: J Dilla, RZA, The Roots’ Black Thought, Canibus, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price and Guilty Simpson as the Random Axe collective. Six albums deep to his discography, creating a sound signature unto his own, his dexterity to a beat rings high on a collection of tracks served up with fellow D-Town local Danny Brown letting off bombs on the 2011 EP Black and Brown that received high praise in reviews.

    Most recently, Black united with Brown off his latest LP Atrocity Exhibition (2016) pulling all the stop signs out on the smash ‘Really Doe’. Here, Black Milk tore out a haunting head-nodding chimer tailor made to the nihilism of rap’s most unforgiving trio: Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul from Topp Dawg and Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt. The latest output pinned Black once again on the map as one of the realest producers a rapper can have on their grocery list. Black Milk makes mountains from beneath an underground soundscape. As an MC he’s known for his steady stream of albums both solo and collaborative, reppin’ the D since 2005’s Sound of the City and beyond.

    Taking his abilities beyond the Motor City, Black Milk is heading down to Australia to perform a live show at Sydney’s Plan B Small Club for a full blown setlist of beatwork and bars. Ozhiphopshop invited J.D. Mack to get in the ear of the one and only where he asked him to drop in on everything from a reuniting Random Axe to his Rebellion Sessions before asking about his plans for Down Under.



    We are extremely excited to have him back in the Country, here is what he had to say to us.

    Random Axe is some of the dopest shit ever!! Will we ever seen a Random Axe 2 drop or was that album not finished?

    We were in the middle of creating Random Axe 2 when Sean passed. Sean left a lot of verses behind, but it’s still up in the air whether or not the project will be completed.

    The Rebellion Sessions you released this year was some incredible collaborative work with the great Nat Turner, a very relaxing jazz atmosphere is created on this album, easy listening! How did this collaboration come about?

    The making of The Rebellion Sessions was a natural next step for me and the band. We have been playing together live for years and fans always ask if they can take a piece of the show home with them. Although the guys have been featured on my albums in the past, we had never sat in a room altogether to jam and record, so that’s what we did. We recorded the album in one week and it was mixed and mastered within a week after that.

    Tell us  how you find your creative zone? Do you find different sparks of creativity for production and lyrics?

    When I’m not on tour, I’m creating. I’m constantly creating. Not necessarily making songs, but creating in some way. So I’m always in my zone. When it comes to beats, I immerse myself into as music new and old music as possible and get glimpses of inspiration here and there. When it comes to lyrics, I draw from life experiences, so there’s never a shortage there.

    How do u keep your production relevant in the changing climate of hip hop today, with the change into trap and 808’s etc?

    From time to time, I’ll incorporate more current sounds into my production but still make the overall sound my own.

    For younger people looking to get into production, what are some tips or advice you could offer?

    My advice to young artists getting into production is to create a unique sound and master the craft.


    What is the biggest change in hip hop you have noticed with the change in technology? And how has it helped your production?

    The ability to produce with software instead of hardware changed things for mostly everyone. It allows me to create more music more often than before.

    What can Australian fans expect from the upcoming shows?

    Fans can expect to see a live beat set, where I play a lot of my unreleased works, and a short rap performance.

    We look forward to seeing your show.

    Black Milk will be touring Australia in November and for anyone who loves hip hop music this is a must see show. Not only has he mastered the art of production but he has stepping into the spotlight as a prominent MC.

    Do yourself a favour and get along to one of his shows while he is down under, you will not regret this decision. Much love Black Milk, thanks for speaking with us!

    Words by J.D Mack.

  • Detroit Producer / MC Black Milk announces Sydney Show at Plan B Small Club.

    Detroit Producer MC Black Milk announces Sydney Show at Plan B Small Club2 

    Grindin' is proud to present Detroit MC Black Milk’s show at Sydney’s Plan B Small Club on Saturday 19th November.

    Black Milk is a master of beats and rhymes, renowned for his top-flight production, insightful lyrics and thrilling live shows.
    The infamous Producer / MC will be supported by local artists’ The Goods, DJ Mike Who and Edseven.

    Far from your typical rap act, Black has steadily added new sounds and styles to his
    repertoire while working with a diverse group of collaborators - from Jack White and Robert Glasper to his own band Nat Turner.

    As a producer, Black has held down his hometown of Detroit for over a decade, working with the city’s top talent including Danny Brown and the legendary Slum Village, who gave him his start on their album The Trinity. On his own, he’s created a catalog of solid solo rap albums: Popular Demand (2006), Tronic (2008), Album of the Year (2010), No Poison No Paradise (2013) and his latest If There’s A Hell Below (2014).

    He also teamed up with Guilty Simpson and the late Sean Price to form the supergroup Random Axe. In 2015, Black released a live instrumental album, The Rebellion Sessions, with his band Nat Turner.

    Event Details
    When: 19th November 2016
    Where: Plan B Small Club, Sydney
    Cost: $38.00

    “Black Milk’s solo career represents a constant cycle of adopting and mastering new production styles and then abandoning them before they become crutches.” – Pitchfork

    “His samples are elegant, his rhythms challenging and his drum kits tight.” – NPR

    “Cross has no need for these extras; in his world of soul-tugging productions and machine gun-as-velvet delivery they are merely distractions. On this realisation, and in the moment, it was hard not be floored by the obvious: this is what talent with genuine poise really looks and sounds like.” – Dallas Observer

    “Striking an impressive balance between being rehearsed and spontaneous, he proved his chops as a multi talented artist once again.” – Okayplayer

    “It feels like Christmas every time Black Milk blesses us with a new record.” – FreeOnSmash

  • Plutonic Lab Announces 'Deep Above The Noise' National Tour 2016

    Plutonic Lab 'Sliced Bread' Ft. Notes To Self BBRC

    The Man Himself Plutonic Lab tours Australia throughout September and October to launch his new full length "Deep Above The Noise" which was recently made Double J’s Feature Album Of The Week along with the first single "Sliced Bread" being added to Triple J. 

    The album picks up where his highly regarded classic "Codes Over Colours" (2005) left off. With a vast array of instrumental landscapes & guest contributions from Guilty Simpson, Miles Bonny, Coma-Chi (Japan), Notes To Self BBRC and MoMO (IAMMMXO). "Deep Above The Noise" is a heavy hitting affair from start to finish, this is just the start of the next chapter of the Plutonic Lab story. 
    Plutonic Lab has provided the backdrop for countless artists over a mammoth career spanning two decades, collaborating on over 80 releases locally and internationally including with G-Love (US), Dialectrix, Drapht, Hilltop Hoods, Fatlip (US) and Wiley (UK). Plutonic Lab notably produced Dialectrix’s 2013 album "The Cold Light of Day" which was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize, won the 2009 UK Mercury Prize for his work with Speech Debelle, and was nominated for Best Urban Release at the 2008 ARIA Awards as half of hip-hop duo Muph & Plutonic.
    "One of the most talented beat beatmakers in Australian hip hop scene" - Travis Broi (Ozhiphopshop)
    “One of Australia’s most anticipated releases of 2016” - The Source 
    “An absolute legend of Australian hip-hop” - Dom Alessio (Triple J Home & Hosed) 
    “One of the key players in helping our country's now thriving hip hop scene become what it is” - Double J 
    Plutonic Lab AUstralian Tour Dates And Tickets
    Friday September 9th - Motor Room, Brisbane 
    Saturday September 10th - The Toff, Melbourne 
    Thursday September 22nd - The Cambridge, Newcastle 
    Friday September 23rd - Plan B Small Club, Sydney 
    Saturday September 24th - Republic Bar, Hobart 
    Friday October 7th - Mojo’s, Perth 
    Saturday October 8th - Transit Bar, Canberra 
    Saturday October 22nd - Rocket Bar, Adelaide


  • Guilty Simpson & Katalyst Launches “Detroit’s Son” Album At Plan B, Sydney

    Guilty Simpson & Katalyst Detroit Son Sydney Flyer.


    Guilty Simpson & Katalyst Launches “Detroit’s Son” Album At Plan B, Sydney


    Grindin' is proud to present Detroit native Guilty Simpson and Sydney producer Katalyst's new album launch ‘Detroit's Son’ at Plan B on the 5th February 2016.

    Guilty continues to do no wrong and fearlessly spits gritty lyricism over Katalyst’s sonic beats. ‘Detroit’s Son’ distills the essence of what made Ode To The Ghetto an underground classic.

    With the subject of life in the Motor City placed front and center, Guilty’s uncompromising rhymes fit seamlessly with Katalyst’s hard-hitting beats.

    The raps are every bit as gritty as on Ode or OJ, but there’s also a little light relief on tracks such as “Smoking,” probably about as close as Guilty will get to a summer anthem.

    The duos music has been likened to Madlib and Paul White with the album receiving critical acclaim from various media outlets praising the duos chemistry.

    Supporting on the night will be the hottest act in Sydney’s hip hop scene today - Sampa The Great.

    DJ Mike Who, Frenzie and Krystel Diola will also keep the vibes alive on the decks.

  • The Tongue Announces Hard Feelings Tour 2016!

    Australian Hip Hop Artist The Tongue Hard Feelings Tour

    The Tongue launches his new album "Hard Feelings" across Australia in February and March.


    The Tongue is a man on a mission; to create a classic hip hop album. In 2015 the people will decide if that moment has arrived as he delivers his most undeniable record thus far.

    Hard Feelings is the combined effort of both The Tongue and rising Sydney producer Papertoy. Together they’ve crafted an album that touches on the joys and frustrations of modern life; from the pulsating club-banger “You Got Me” through to soulful jams such as “Proud” and “Setting Sun” and political anthems like “The Knock”. Tongue proves himself to be in his prime as both a lyricist and performer as he deconstructs life’s complexities with wit, style and a pinch of humour.

    The Tongue has enjoyed a trail-blazing career which has included highlights such as being longlisted for the Australian Music Prize (for his album Surrender To Victory), performing at the Sydney Opera House, and opening for some of hip hop greatest acts, including Ghostface Killah, Public Enemy, Dizzie Rascal, Pharoahe Monch and more.

    Released nationally November 20, Hard Feelings will be the final statement of the year from iconic Sydney label Elefant Traks. Guests on the album include: Ngaiire, Jeswon (Thundamentals), Ev Jones (Jones Jnr), Thom Crawford and Mataya (who is still flying high from featuring on Hermitude’s platinum single ‘The Buzz’).

    As you push play, be prepared to enter The Tongue’s cartoonish world, you’ll hear pain, triumph, ecstasy and pride. Just a couple of Hard Feelings.

    Peep the latest video from The Tongue and also the first Australian music video to be shot with 360 degree technology below.

    For more info head over to Elefant Traks.


    Guilty Simpson and Katalyst Australian Tour Guilty Simpson and Katalyst Australian Tour



    Guilty Simpson may have worked with Hip Hop production luminaries from as far afield as California, New York and the UK, but his roots are forever in his hometown of Detroit. It was fellow Detroit native J Dilla who gave Guilty his debut, on “Strapped” from Jaylib’s 'Champion Sound' (2003), and “As Serious as Your Life,” a Four Tet remix.

    At Dilla’s request, Guilty joined the Stones Throw fold, releasing his debut solo album 'Ode To The Ghetto' in 2008, which established him as one of Stones Throw’s flagship artists. Two years later, Guilty returned with producer Madlib for 'OJ Simpson' (Stones Throw, 2010), which Pitchfork heralded as “cohesive, focused, and flat-out fun… one of the best hip-hop records of the year.”

    After a collaboration with the late Sean Price and producer Black Milk as Random Axe, and another with producer Apollo Brown, Guilty’s next appearance on Stones Throw was shorter but no less pivotal – a guest verse on “Fitta Happier” by Geoff Barrow’s hip-hop production super-group Quakers. Time spent with Quakers co-founder Katalyst in Australia yielded an artistic chemistry between the MC and producer and led directly to Guilty’s third album for Stones Throw.

    Detroit’s Son distils the essence of what made 'Ode To The Ghetto' an underground classic. With the subject of life in the Motor City placed front and center, Guilty’s uncompromising rhymes fit seamlessly with Katalyst’s hard-hitting beats. The raps are every bit as gritty as on Ode or OJ, but there’s also a little light relief on tracks such as “Smoking,” probably about as close as Guilty will get to a summer anthem.

    This is the Detroit MC on his best form, rapping over beats perfectly tailored to his rough baritone. Guilty Simpson has always been skillful at combining hardcore rap with thought-provoking observations about the world around him, and it’s this talent that comes to the fore on 'Detroit’s Son'.

    Saturday 30th January – Transit Bar, Canberra
    Sunday 31st January – Laundry Bar, Melbourne
    Friday 5th February – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
    Saturday 6th February – Mojos, Perth

  • Tour News! Hau Kill.I.AM Australian And New Zealand Tour

    Hau Kill I Am Tour Flyer, Australian Hip Hop, Ozhiphop, Ozhiphop, Aussie Hip Hop Hau Kill I Am Tour Flyer

    Hau - Kill.I.AM Tour


    With 20 years of writing and performing under his belt (best known as the front man for ARIA award-winning duo, Koolism), Hau hits the road across Australian and New Zealand to promote the first single “KILL.I.AM” taken off his forthcoming debut solo album “The No End Theory”.

    No stranger to the airwaves, Hau’s prolific career has already seen him provide vocals for huge talents including The Hilltop Hoods, Hermitude, Rodney P and Oddisee, head up the Hip-Hop show on Australia’s leading youth network triple j and launch his solo career with the release of mixtape “Football, Feasts & Funerals” in 2014.

    “KILL.I.AM” is inspired by the frontman of a certain multi-platinum selling quartet, and in a sense, his progression from an underground hip-hop head to a mega popstar. Would you dance with the devil in order to experience the taste of success? This is what Hau asks through lyrics delivered in an effortless, laid-back flow.

    The soundscape is created by the talented Sensible J & Dutch (Remi). The Melbourne producers create the bump through a mix of live drums, synths and a cleverly reshaped sample. From the grit of the bassline to the crispiness of the clicks, “KILL.I.AM” has an undeniable groove that will make both your body and mind dance.

    Hau was born in Australia to Tongan parents, which gave him access to two cultures to draw from for both writing lyrics and performing on stage. His heritage plays an important part of who is as a person and as an artist. Original by name, original by style.

    Fri 24th July – The Laundry, Melbourne
    Sat 25th July – RBMA stage @ Splendour In The Grass
    Fri 31st July – Transit Bar, Canberra
    Sat 1st August – Gingers, Sydney
    Sat 8th August – The Rosemount, Perth
    Friday 14th August – Republic Bar, Hobart
    Sat 15th August – Rocket Bar, Adelaide
    Sat 5th September – Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland
    Sat 12th September – Railway Club, Darwin


  • Oddisse The Good Fight Australian Tour 2015!

    Oddisee Australian Tour Oddisee Australian Tour Flyer
    Live and direct from the USA critically acclaimed MC/Producer Oddisee touches down in Australia for 7 shows during November as he tours his new album "The Good Fight" out now on Mello Music Group.




    The son of Sudanese and American parents, Amir Mohamed was born and raised in the United States capital city of Washington DC, spending hot summers in Khartoum learning Arabic and swimming in the Nile. Growing up amidst the sounds of New York hip hop, his father playing Oudh, Go-Go, and gospel, Amir took his first steps as an MC producer in the analogue basement studio of his legendary neighbour, Garry Shider (Parliament Funkadelic).

    Convincing his entrepreneurial father that he too had business acumen, Amir laid the check from his first commercial release on the kitchen table before his 21st birthday and never looked back. Though Oddisee has gone on to perform with The Roots, produce for Freeway, Jazzy Jeff, Little Brother, De La Soul & Nikki Jean, and has MC'd on production from Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Kev Brown, his proudest moment was the birth of his critically acclaimed group Diamond District with fellow Washingtonians X.O. and yU.

    Known in the music industry for his independence, Oddisee consistently debunks the scatterbrained artist myth - doing everything from booking international tours to photography to marketing and promoting himself and even other artists. He now works as both artist and consultant with Mello Music Group, one of the foremost emerging independent labels to take advantage of the digital revolution to build a successful business.

    His new album "The Good Fight" has been added to Double J and FBI Radio featured playlists and in a landscape overrun with abstract indulgence and shallow trend-chasers, the Prince George's County, Maryland artist has created a record that reminds you that it's music before it's hip-hop.

    For Oddisee, "The Good Fight" is about living fully as a musician without succumbing to the traps of hedonism, avarice, and materialism. It's music that yields an intangible feeling: the sacral sound of an organ whine, brass horns, or a cymbal crash. It's a meditation on our capacity to love and the bonds binding us together. It's our ambition and greed warring with our sense of propriety - a list of paradoxes we all face when living and striving.

    Oddisee's production simmers in its own orchestral gumbo. You sense he's really a jazzman in different form, inhabiting the spirit of Roy Ayers and other past greats. The Fader's compared him to a musical MC Escher, calling hailing his "grandiose and symphonic sound" and "relevant relatable messages." Pitchfork praised his "eclectic soulful boom-bap."

    "The Good Fight" acknowledges the stacked odds, but refuses to submit.

    Thursday 19th November - Section 8, Melbourne

    Friday 20th November - Mojos, Perth

    Saturday 21st November - Transit Bar, Canberra

    Sunday 22nd November - Strawberry Hills Festival, Melbourne

    Thursday 26th November - Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

    Friday 27th November - Goodgod Small Club, Sydney

    Saturday 28th November - Rocket Bar, Adelaide

    Get tickets Here.

    Listen to "The Good Fight" album HERE

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