Sunday, April 13, 2014

Big Village Night onto a Winning Combination

Friday April 4th
Killa Combo
Goodgod Smallclub

Pairing an Emcee and Producer that don't normally hang together isn't a brand new idea.  They might make a song together, or even a whole album; however, creating an entire night of brand new music is certainly something different and special.  When I saw that the ever charismatic and somewhat underrated emcee Jeswon from the Thundamentals would be teaming up with the Obese producer Chasm (Astronomy Class) for this special, one off performance I was intrigued and excited!  They don't have any songs together exclusively as of yet, so anything that they came up with would be something we had never heard before.  I was interested to see how the night would go since I'm pretty sure no one had done anything like this before.
By the time I got there the party was in full swing.  It was a late night, about quarter to one when I arrived.  The Tongue was on the DJ tip.  Another mix up for the evening, an Emcee to DJ crossover, a somewhat rare phenomenon. The atmosphere at this point was energetic and the crowd was getting hyped up.  Since it was late those who like to indulge were just about at the point of getting smashed, although not yet getting cut off from the bar.
Jeswon and Chasm took the stage and I still didn't know what to expect.  I can't remember what the first
mash up song to come on was, but it started with a familiar beat and then Jeswon dropped some Thundamentals lyrics on top of it.  I looked to my right to see Tuka watching intently from the sidelines. It was strange to see Jeswon on stage spitting Thundamentals lyrics with his partner in crime watching from the audience.  But it added to strange ambiance of the night.  The next song up was "Where You At/ The Mash".  The beat was from the Astronomy Class song, Jeswon dropped his Thundamentals verses on it, then sang the hooks of the original song, it was a very unique way of doing things.   I was hooked, and allowed myself to get lost in the experience. Every song was familiar while at the same time being brand new.  So many different projects were stitched together in new ways.  The crowd knew every song, every lyric, yet they were remade, each taking on a new life, and becoming it's own creation.  We couldn't have loved it more.

The hype video for the night had it looking like it would be a boxing match, an epic battle of wits and strength, pitting Emcee and Producer against each other so that only one could come out victorious.  In fact it was truly the opposite.  The whole night, which the Big Villagers have dubbed Killa Combo, glorifies that spirit of collaboration and unity which is an integral part of hip hop.  It transcends the artificial boundaries created by labels and crews that drive wedges between us.  I think Sydney in particular has a problem with unity among the hip hop community.  I'm saying this as sort of an outsider looking in still.  I have only been in Sydney for about 2 and a half years now, so I can only tell you what I have seen and felt with my brief experience in looking in on and being a part of this community.   What  I see from the northern beaches to Maroubra and then the inner west all the way out to the west, both north and south, there are so many different cliques and crews, and they tend to stick with their own people.  I haven't even had a chance to experience most of the hip hop in this city because of this segregation.  Hopefully nights like this can help to change that, and bring us all closer together.  Although we would have to work on it a lot more, a night like this has already started the process of bringing different crews together.

The set finished with an epic rendition of Superpowers which included verses from Tuka, Jeswon, The Tongue, Rapaport, and P Smurf.  It was an awesome posse track and finished the night on a high. But it didn't end there.  Then we still got to see Suburban Dark in their element, deep in the creepy part of the night. It was the perfect venue for a night like this because of the small, dance club vibe, plus it didn't have to end early. I assume that the dancing went on until the wee hours of the morning. And we all rejoiced. Overall a great effort by the Big Village crew and I can't wait to see who's up next.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sydney Hip Hop April 2014



DJ Prolifik the Gifted
This man must be one of the busiest DJ/ producers in all of Sydney.  With his hand in 3 different projects (Broken Thought Theory, Bustacap, High Noon) you would think that would give him no time to breath, but he's been active on his own as well! He's been showing off his beatmaking skills live at the Beatmaker's Invitational competition as well as being showcased recently at the beatmaker's night called The Chop at Play Bar.  This is a night for him to show off his skills on the turntables as he has taken up residence on Thursday nights to help you let your hair down and get an early jump on the weekend.
BRKLYN Bar, Manly


Jazz Hip Hop Sessions
This is an incredibly diverse and interactive night which is different to anything else happening around Sydney at the moment.  It features a resident jazz band jamming on stage all through the night.  A selection of guest emcees will be dropping frees all through the night as well as of course some of their rehersed songs.  They are joined by beautiful singers to create some on the spot masterpieces.  The night is mainly focused on freestyle and impromptu music, it's not exactly an open mic but if you're feeling the vibe and you want to participate feel free to make yourself known.  With a late start this night is becoming the go to place to continue the party after a gig.
This week's special guests: Beat Thieves
Foundry 616, Ultimo

Saturday and Sunday 

Def Jam 
(weather permitting)
Def Jam has been a fixture in the Sydney hip hop scene for the past 30 years! Bringing you the old school classics that you love, but not forgetting to give those new tracks a solid spin as well.  Def Jam is about more than the music, it's about keeping the culture alive through all the elements of hip hop.  At the moment they have got a favourite spot in Bondi but they move around quite a bit so I'll try to keep you posted on the whereabouts.
North Bondi Beach


Friday 4th

A monthly street festival with food trucks, live art, and music from DJ Ad-verse, The Gloom, and JC.
Belmore Park, Central

Killa Combo

Brought to you by the Big Village Crew is a brand new night which takes an emcee and producer from different crews and unites them for a special one off performance.  For this opening night our entertainment will be provided by the charming and charasmatic Jeswon (emcee from Thundamentals) who will team up with Obese producer Chasm.  The night was created in the spirit of collaboration and unity among the hip hop community, something that Big Village has been about since the very beginning.  I think Sydney in particular has a problem with segregation amoung the hip hop community.  There are so many different crews it's a difficult thing to get everyone together.  Hopefully a night like this could help with that.  Hosted by P-Smurf and will include a performance the newest Big Village addition, Suburban Dark, and DJ sets by the Tongue, Roleo and Klue.
Goodgod Small Club, CBD
Doors 8pm
Tickets $15

Saturday 5th

Tell Me A Story
Brought to you by the girls at Stayfly Sydney is a fun and creative day for kids and young people.  The kids will get lessons in storytelling, writing rhymes and playing with words from some of the best female rappers in the game including Mirrah Reflex and Dawn Laird.  The kids will also be helped by Stayfly artists to learn skills in drawing and painting so that they are free to express themselves in many different mediums.  Everyone will have a fun day socialising and collaborating with an opportunity to perform and show off what they have learned.
Redfern Community Centre

45 Sessions

Now on the first Saturday of every month at this event's new home.  And it's a great venue for this night, very vinyl friendly atmosphere.
Play Bar, Surry Hills
from 6pm

Thursday 10th

Billy Green
This is the first ever headlining gig for this up and coming young artist from the inner west.  Though I've only heard a few of his songs from his soundcloud account here, I find his rhymes fun and refreshing.  He's got an easy style with lyrics which are truthful and true to his life experiences.  His album will be released later this year and he's certain to easily find his place within the Sydney hip hop scene.  I think it's important to support young artists which show great promise so they can find the confidence to continue to perfect their craft.  Also performing on the night are Coda Conduct, a female hip hop duo from Canberra who are quite sucessfully working on making a name for themselves.  Also on support is Context, Laxe, and DJ sets from Subsketch and Beastside.  All up it looks like a terrific night for hip hop with a chance to see some new and different acts and one that I highly recommend.
Oxford Art Factory (main room), Darlinghurst
Doors 8pm

Friday 11th

Decypher Us
The first album launch for their debut album "Uncracked."  They will have a total of three album launches around Sydney*, but this is the first and the hometown show. Since the boys- 2Face, Little Hunta, and Juju- are so excited about this one, they are generously offering FREE copies of the album to ALL in attendance. With supports by State Advanced (Broken Thought Theory), Nonne MC, Jason Matts, Prolifik the Gifted, and Akunu
BRKLYN Bar (downstairs Sugar Lounge), Manly

*other album launches
Thursday the 17th april- Loft UTS $10 from 730pm
Sunday the 20th april- Valve Bar $15 from 6pm

Saturday 12th

Fatty Phew
The Best Things in Life tour
With performances by: Nter, Willis, and Sleazy Greazy
Also includes an emcee comp with a $100 prize, so if you've got bars you've been saving for something special, get in touch and I'll let you know what the deal is.
Valve Bar (upstairs Agincourt Hotel), Central
Doors 8pm
Tickets $15

Wednesday 16th

This will be quite an exciting night because it has been almost 3 years now since the last Thundamentals release, and "So You Can Remember" is a highly anticipated album.  And now is your chance to hear it in it's entirety a full two weeks before it's official release on May 2nd.  This listening party is being put on as a special thank you to hometown fans.  Entry is free but space is limited so make sure to get in early.  There will also be presents on the door for everyone that attends. The Lansdown Hotel, Chippendale
6pm sharp (once they're full, they're full)
Free but RSVP here
Thursday 17th

Bliss n Eso
Still riding the high from their latest album Circus in the Sky, the biggest act in Australian hip hop brings you the Circus Under the Stars tour all in outdoor arenas.  If you know me at all you know I am a huge fan and I have supported BnE for a long time. I don't think their latest album was their greatest work, I'm still waiting for something a bit more.  But you can't deny that their onstage presence is commanding and their show is really something to behold, every time improving, and every time bringing out something new and surprising.  Even though I've seen them perform about 13 times I will keep going back again and again and I still get excited!  Supported by Horrorshow, Seth Sentry, and contest winner NJE.
The Domain, CBD
From 5pm
Tickets $65

Erykah Badu
She has been dubbed "The Queen of Soul" and her music is known the whole world over.  From her debut album, Baduism, which was released in 1997 right up to her latest album released in 2010 New Amerykah series she has wowed us with her blend of jazz, hip hop, and soul with eradicates boundaries and crosses genres. With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote.
Star Casino Event Centre
Doors 8pm
Tickets from $99.90

New weekly hip hop gig for the western suburbs called Bounce.  This is the first night and will now be on every Thursday. Featuring performances by Fortay & Hed Ubd, Matuse, Jinz, Sqz, Big Hustle, Hyjak, and Sesk
Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith

To start your long weekend out right with a nice chilled out relaxed evening of hip hop with some of the inner west's all star artists.  Also playing is Loose Change.  It's a free night with cheap drinks at a cool venue, you've got every reason to be there.  Just remember on "Good Friday" the bars all close early so make sure to get all your partying in tonight.
Newtown Hotel, Newtown
From 7pm

Chasm Soundsystem
If for some reason you STILL haven't figured out what you wanna do on Thursday night to kick off your long weekend, don't despair! There's still one more really great option for you in the eastern suburbs. With Chasm on the decks he will be sure to lift your spirits and put you in an amazing mood.  He always brings some talented friends with him, this time he's got Ozi Batla, Skryptcha, and Monchichi.Beach Road Bondi
From 8pm


Sunday 20th

420 Warehouse Party
Of course Easter for some is a time to spend at church and or with family but this particular one happens to fall on a special day, a holiday of another kind completely.  It's one of those American holidays that we've begun to adopt over here, but it's not one that you're likely to send a greeting card for.  There is something that you will pass around though, and it's pretty certain that you'll share some laughs with friends.  If you want to share this special day with all your best friends and enjoy a whole evening of superb hip hop then check out this killer line up:  Deadbeat and Hazy, Ozi Batla, Broken Thought Theory, Peace (DJ sets), Bustacap, Prolifik the Gifted (DJ set), Laxe, Gravity Champions, Kit Komplete (DJ set), Sweat Collectors, and Maatzi.  My top pick for the month!
Address TBA- warehouse in Marrickville
Tickets $15

Decypher Us 4/20 hip hop showcase and Decypher Us "Uncracked" album launch. Featuring performances by Sleepwalkers, 316, SMACKTOWN, Jinz Moss, Kosmic Culture, Baskiat, and Stephen Arhipoff.
Also includes some mad cyphers.  Will be a great night, especially for lovers of green!
Valve Bar, Central
From 6pm
Tickets $15

Thursday 24th

My Element Photography Exhibit

These 5 Sydney based photographers are getting together to share with you their love of hip hop! They have photographed artists in Australia and the US both on and off the stage.  Featuring the work of Averie HarveyTristan Stefan EdouardChris FrapeSteven Guzman, and Bradley Scott.
10X8 Art Gallery (28 Broadway Chippendale)
6pm (Opening night)
Will be available for viewing every day 11am-6pm until 4th May

Electric Elements
Anzac Day eve there's a great hip hop night for those in the north west of Sydney.  If I was out that way I would definiately be checking it out because the line up is sick.  Electric Elements bring a very unique sound with a blend of blues, funk,and hip hop.  The live show is always high energy and includes live instruments along with other surprise elements.   Also playing on the night is Kosmic Culture, Webben, Jae Moon & CASA, and Hard Evidence
The Bush, Baulkham Hills

Friday 25th

This is a fun and laid back monthly night focused on real hip hop.  The end of the night always includes an open mic cypher for anyone who gets inspired during the night and wants to hop up and show off some of their skills.  Hosted by Izzy and the Profit with DJ Maniak.  This month's lineup- Pyne (Central Coast), Context w/ DJ Krumb (Canberra), Povacalz & Felon, MC Thorn & Skae, and MC Trey
Valve Bar (Agrincourt Hotel), Central
Doors 930pm
Tickets $10 on the door

Saturday 26th 

The Chop
An awesome new monthly night to showcase local beatmakers.  All live performances by Morphingaz / The Asthmatix and Cooking with Caustic.  It's a great way to continue kicking on after Anzac Day.  Also spinning tunes on the night are DJ Raine Supreme and Beny Hinn.  This is one of my top picks.
Play Bar, Surry Hills

Sunday 27th

One Day Sundays
Monthly party put on by the One Day Crew.  If you're still kicking on after the long weekend, come and party from afternoon on into the evening.  There's basketball, live art, and a spit roast as well!!

Guest DJs M-Phazers and Nacho Pop and resident DJs Joyride and Raph
The Projects (Vic on the Park), Marrickville

Friday 2nd May

Cross City Sessions: Vol. 1 Eastside
A new Big Village night showcasing some of the young local talent from all corners of the city.  Each night will take place in a different area and local artists will be picked to play alongside some of the more established BV artists.  Headlined by Daily Meds and featuring: Dutch, Beastside, Corner Store Superheros, Mr. Theory, Prospecta, Kid Fiction.  And hosted by Rapaport.
Jam Gallery, Bondi Junction

Tickets $15

Peace out my people, stay cool.  Come back soon!