Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sydney Hip Hop Events JULY 2014

So it's well and truly winter now in the land down under, and for a lot of people that means staying at home, huddled over a heater watching TV series that they have illegally downloaded from the US... well that can be fun, but you know what it means for me?? Hoodies! And jackets!! I didn't have the luxury of these awesome and comfortable types of accessories living in far north QLD for three years before moving to Sydney, so now I really appreciate them.  And of course coming from Upstate NY I know that this isn't a REAL winter anyway, so buck up Sydney.  We have a nearly perfect climate here and we never get that bitter cold like in Canberra or Melbourne.  So go nuts and get amoungst it! Don't forget if you have any events that you want to me to add you can contact me on my page and let me know!

Tuesday 1st

School of Rap 
Big Village is for the kids. Or at least they are in this specific case. Over the school holidays the crew have put together a work shop for school age children 9-16 that would like to learn how to rap.  Freestyle kings Rapaport and P Smurf will teach the basics of hip hop culture including how to use it for positive expression through rhyming games and other activities.  The group will then write and record a song which will be uploaded to Youtube and distributed through social media to give some insight on the recording process as well.  It will be a fun outing for young family members or friends as an introduction to the hip hop community.
The Work-Shop, Redfern
10am- 4pm
Tickets $60 (or potentially cheaper if you message Joel)

Thursday 3rd

P Smurf 
Two of Sydney's best freestyle rappers together on one night! He's the big blue papa from Big Village, you may have seen him showing off his skills on one of his many projects- Sketch the Rhyme, Daily Meds, and Reverse Polarities.  This will be a night you can catch him doing all his own thing.  Also on the solo tip you can catch EaRelevant of Broken Thought Theory and Beat Thieves.  He's a king of the frees as well and an all around awesome dude so the night is sure to have a lot of spontaneity.  He'll have the highly skilled DJ Prolifik  on the decks.  As if that's not enough reason to go you can also check out "The World's Worst Rapper," Subsketch, killing shit and staying humble.
Forresters Hotel, Surry Hills
From 8pm

Mind Over Matter
This is a free gig as a thank you to all the fans and in celebration of the release of their 3rd studio album "This Way to Elsewhere."  The winners of the comp Sleepwalkers and Creepah will be on support.  And who knows, there may even be some high profile guests.  This track with Bliss n Eso has been doing quite well, just sayin!
Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst
Doors 8pm

Friday 4th

Killa Combo
I am totally sold on this new concept thought up and presented by Big Village.  It is completely aimed at collaboration amoung artists and puts together crews that may not normally get a chance to work together.  I was even inspired to write a review of the last one that featured Jeswon and Chasm, you can read that here.  This time we will see one of Sydney's most well loved and respected local artist, Dialectrix combine with relatively unknown but futuristic funky producer PaperToy.  It will be a one off performance that will never again be recreated in which they will combine their catalogues and styles into a unique blend of songs, frees, and anything else unexpected.
Also on the night will be a performance by Loose Change as part of the tour celebrating the release of their new single "Yes Or No," check it out here.
Resident DJ's Roleo and Klue, hosted by P Smurf
Goodgod Smallclub, City
Doors 1030
Tickets $15 or $20 on the door

Saturday 5th

The 45 Sessions & Record Fair
This is the Australian version of the event which was started by DJ Platurn in Oakland California which Funkdafied has been running as a monthly event for almost a year now. With their new home at Play Bar they have finally found the perfect suitable venue.  A record fair/ swap will kick off at 4pm, DJs start at 6pm.  Lineup: Nick Toth, Koolade, Makoto, Trevor Parkee, Gordon 'Savage G' Watson, and Benny Hinn
Play Bar, Surry Hills

This local Sydney emcee launches the single 'What We Do It For' off the album 'Mindful' with support by High Noon and Elemont
Goodgod Smallclub, City
Doors 730
Tickets $10 presale and $15 on the door

Monday 7th 

Horroshow and Jimblah 
As part of NAIDOC week - (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) a national event which takes place the first full week of July each year and is designed to celebrate Indigenous Australian's culture and contributions to society- there will a celebration in Hyde Park from 11am.
Horrorshow and Jimblah will be a part of it and have come together to put on a super special show for us!  I haven't been able to find out too much about it but I'm thinking a sensational version of "Own Backyard" and more!
They will also be supported by the amazing singing vibes of Electric Choir Hustle.
Hyde Park
Event from 11am, horrorshow & Jimblah at 2pm

Thursday 10th

Freestyle Lounge
A raw and street style open mic night presented by Beatbox Australia. 10-15 minute lyrical, beatbox, or spoken word sets for people of any skill level to show off what they've got or practice performing in front of an audience. Registration at 7pm.
Play Bar, Surry Hills

Sunday 13th 

How lucky am I?  I'm turning 30 this year which means coincidentally I was born in the same year the SYD DEF JAM was started! Go 1984! So BY DEFAULT this makes this the most awesome SYD DEF JAM ever!  It's all right, it doesn't ALL have to be about me, I mean there are plenty of other reasons to go.  If you love hip hop then this is the longest running true hip hop event in Sydney and it encompasses all the elements.  So come for the love of music and art and dance and rhyming, it's guaranteed to be a day filled with beautiful vibes.  The only reason not to come is if you have a bad attitude. Come to learn and build and grow with all the real heads.  This is a family friendly event.  Check more about the history here.
Sydney Park, St Peters (across from station)
from noon till whenever
FREE (always)

True Vibenation
Listening party in celebration of their new album "On" where you can hear the album in it's entirety before it is due out on July 18th. All your favourite people will be there.
Young Henry's, Newtown

Thursday 17th

Peanut Butter Wolf
If you're wondering about the name, it comes from the mouth of a child.  He adopted it when he heard that his girlfriend's little brother had a great fear of the "the peanut butter world monster."  He is a world renowned DJ and founder of the independent music label Stones Throw Records which has worked with a diverse group of underground hip hop artists.  Playing a handful of club dates ahead of his Splendour in the Grass apperance, you can welcome him to Australia by bringing your dancing shoes out with you on this Thursday night.  Get down to a mindblowing set of hip hop and funk music;  the best way to kick start your weekend!
Goodgod Smallclub, City
Free with RSVP

DJ Showcase
Presented by the Street Uni youth centre in Mt Druitt, this DJ showcase is for any established or up and coming DJs (so pretty much anyone) to show their skills. The whole set up will be there so you just have to show up!
Dawson Mall, Mt Druitt


Freestyle Rap Battles
Also with performances by Carnage Kings, Hard Evidence, MC Thorn, and DJ Skae
Bull n Bush Hotel, Baulkham Hills


Friday 18th 

Raine Supreme
One of the hardest working DJs in Sydney, possibly the best but certainly the tallest.  Raine not only puts together incredible DJ sets as a co-host of the Hardcore Classic radio show on 2ser Friday nights but he is also a working DJ, producer, promoter at his company Homey Don't Play Dat.  That AND he is one half of the audio visual outfit NTSC which opens for such international acts as... oh I dunno Jurassic 5!
For this session at the beautiful underground speak-easy pub he will be playing some break beats, boogaloo, and bass. For all the B-Boys and B-Girls
Play Bar, Surry Hills
from 9pm

Hip Hop in the northern beaches!  This is a monthly night and as the name suggests these guys like to cypher, so yes the night will include a big one.  The night will be headlined by 2Face and Jason Matts.  It will also include a performance by Broken Thought Theory, this will be their last show for quite a while so they can take time to finish off their album so see them while you can, or suffer the hell of waiting and anticipation.  Also the young emcee from the area, Baskiat, will be officially launching his debut album 'Sophisticated Fiending' on the night and everyone will get a copy.
DJs Bamboo, Tubz, and Prolifik the Gifted. Prizes and much more!
BRKYLN Bar, Manly
From 8pm

Saturday 19th 

Let's go on a field trip.... in doors! SYD DEF JAM has been held in a wide variety of locals all around Sydney since it's inception in 1984.  But almost always has it been an outdoor event which is open to any and everyone.  This time Def Jam will bring the spirit of the event to a beautiful little bar that I seem to write about all too often.  I'm sure that the flavour and the essence will be kept in tact at this venue.  Just remember, it's all about the DJ!
DJ's on the night:  Rus, DJ Wolfe, DJ Lambam
Play Bar, Surry Hills
Doors from 4pm

Monday 21st

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton
Screening of this full length documentary about the successful and quirky independent record label Stones Throw Records, which was started by world renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf in 1996 and is based in Los Angeles, California.  This is a label which was started by artists who wanted to maintain creative freedom in their work. The documentary features never before seen interviews, photos, and home movies from artists and the people surrounding it's creation.  Including interviews with some of hip hop's greats: Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Common, ?uestlove, Mike D, Tyler the Creator, and more.
Screening followed by a Q&A with Peanut Butter Wolf himself.
The Basement, Circular Quay
Doors 8pm
Tickets $15

Thursday 24th

@peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony
These guys are friggen hilarious and I literally cannot think of a way to better describe them than what they say about themselves. I'm going to leave you with their words...
"@peace are a 5 piece group from New Zealand, a sinking island in the Pacific Ocean somewhere. Consisting of three producers and two lyricists, their sound is something like if Bjork and Sun Ra made a rap album. Something like Nietzsche transcribed into Ableton. This year they are set to release their first album (that they actually like). The album is about things like singularity, time dilation, death and other fashionable things that speak to the voice of today's generation." 
See you there!!
Play Bar, Surry Hills
Doors 6pm


Friday 25th

Support your local hip hop community! This is a night for underground local artists and rising stars. This is a place to meet and chill with other like-minded, hip hop oriented people to socialise and organise. There is always an open mic cypher at the end of the night for anyone who's so inclined to jump in on.  Very relaxed, friendly, and fun environment.
This month's line up: Usta, Vito and Harjot Singh, Hard Evidence,Dawn Laird, Beat Theory
Hosted by The Profit & Jabs w/ DJ Maniak
Valve Bar (Upstairs Agincourt Hotel), Ultimo

Second Sydney show
Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
from 9pm

Underground Hip Hop United
New monthly night in the inner west which runs all night!
Sly Fox, Newtown

Empire Rising
The power of rock, the craftiness of hip hop, with a finger on electro and funk.  This mash up fusion act will certainly fill your hip hop quota with their intelligent raps and will also get you rocking out to their full live band.  It certainly must be seen to be believed. Joining them will be new to the scene soul singer Kuseah who I haven't seen yet but her style has been compared to Amy Winehouse.  Her influences stretch from hip hop to reggae, to 90s boy bands. Also thrown into this interesting mix is the multinational talents of Broken Thought Theory, and the steady boom bap of High Noon. Should be a very interesting night to say the least. 
Coogie Bay Hotel, Coogie

Saturday 26th 

The Chop
This is a monthly to bi-monthly night celebrating what is the little known Sydney beat making scene.  This isn't a beat battle, but rather a showcase of local talent this month's live performances Jae Moon and Ink Stains. Holding it down on the ones and two will be DJs Raine Supreme and Benny Hinn. They've got the perfect venue for a night like this.  It's intimate but with plenty of room to dance, a great sound set up, and a creative, inspiring atmosphere. If you haven't been before, I promise this will be your new local bar.
Play Bar, Surry Hills

Benji- PK Crew
A special beatbox show. I'm as confused as you are but there ya go. Get some yogurt while you're there!
Yogurtland- 501 George St, City

Yippie Kai Yay
Here's a riddle.  What do the movies Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, and the Sixth Sense have in common? The man, the myth, the legend Bruce Willis of course! Now is your chance to attend the first Bruce Willis themed exhibition not only in Australia, but possibly in the world! Now here is a fun and interesting afternoon. First take artists from several different mediums and backgrounds including legendary Sydney graff artist Days One and team them up with talented Sydney hip hop DJs Chasm, Raine Supreme, and 2Buck PLUS add in the delicious cold beers of Young Henrys AND a sausage sizzle and what have you go? A sensory overload!
There will even be a Bruce Willis cocktail!
Mr. Falcon's, Glebe
From 1pm (exhibition will run till August 9th)

Daily Meds (video shoot)
Looks like Daily Meds is about to make their most hectic video yet. They've got a professional crew working with them create a riot scene, something more than relevant in this world.  They need both rioters and police to act out the scene. No one wants to be the po po of course but if you're a big bloke and you've got some black boots please bring them in, it would seriously help them out.  They've got some killer cop uniforms to go with. On the rioter side: balaclavas, scarves or other face covering, hoodies, baseball bats, and any other weaponry. 
Cadagon St, Marrickville (2 minutes from Sydenham Station)
Lunch will be provided

Sunday 27th

One Day Sundays 
What parties do you know of with a spit roast, live graffiti artists, a basketball court, a dance floor, cheap drinks AND a whole days line up of incredible DJs??  Not many.. but the One Day crew, the party animals that they are, hold one every month on the last Sunday and it's grown into an event of epic proportions. Come early for a beer in the sun and watch the artists work, or come late to get sweaty on the dance floor.  Either way you're in for a good day. This month's guest is the first international guest spot P.Money (NZ)
Resident One Day DJs Adit and Raph
Vic on the Park, Marrickville

Howlin' Beats
Hip Hop, funk, and soul from Sydney's DJ of 25 years DJ Wolfe.
Beach Road Hotel, Bondi

Thursday 31st

Speech Therapy
I was finally able to get out to this last time and for sure it is one of the very best regular hip hop events going at the moment! It really celebrates and shows off the emcee but in a totally different context than usual. In this form the emcee drops a cappella verses, poetry, stories, or anything they see fit. You can get to know your favourite emcees in an intimate setting.  And this is one that I would HIGHLY recommend. It's almost worth skipping work again.  This month featuring: Joe New, Dialect (Dialect and Despair), and Muph
This one shocked me because I love all these legends! The line ups just keep getting better and better!
Hosted by the The Tongue
The Work-Shop, Redfern
Tickets $20

Bring the Carnage
Hip Hop showcase, new event
Line up: Soul Benefits, RG Wings, L.F.M., Carnage Kings, Harjot Singh
Agincourt Hotel, Ultimo

Here's a little preview of early August...

Friday 1st 

Beatdown 2014
Presented by D2MG which is the hip hop society of the University of NSW. They represent all elements of hip hop. D2MG stands for Dance, DJ, MC, and Graffiti
This is an all styles dance battle, first place winner will take home $100.  DJ Naiki and MC Bass
Redfern Community Centre, Redfern

On the day registration $10, audience $5

Freshly Squeezed Fridays
P-Smurf over at Big Village is bringing Freshly Squeezed back (finally!) and it's now monthly! It will be held on the first Friday of every month, and to kick start it right, this first one back will be MASSIVE. The lineup includes but is not limited to... straight outta Melbourne 1/6, the young and hugely talented fast spitter from Adelaide-Dialect, Soul Benefits legends from Western Sydney, up and coming inner west star- Billy Green, 19 year old -Prospecta, the witty and beautiful Canberra ladies- Coda Conduct, plus more!!
DJ Maniak on the decks, hosted by P Smurf and Rivals
The Lansdowne Hotel, Broadway
From 730
$5 on the door

Well that's all for now my lovelies... but not for long. Updates soon. Stay safe and stay WARM! Here's to wishing it was summer xoxox.....
That's my awesome besties enjoying summer on the other side of the world.