aussie hip-hop

The Herd

There is more than one band called The Herd. 1. The Herd is a hip-hop group from suburban Sydney. They have released four full-length albums since 2001's self-titled debut. Unusually for a hip-hop outfit, The Herd's full band format permits dynamic live shows. The Herd's members include MCs Ozi Batla, Urthboy and Berzerkatron, Unkle Ho (beats), Traksewt (piano accordion, clarinet and beats), Sulo (beats and guitar), Toe-fu (guitar), Rok Poshtya (bass) and singer Jane Tyrrell. Their songs often feature politically-oriented lyrics.

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DJ Bonez

Regarded as one of Australia's No.#1 Live Turntable assassins. DJ Bonez has been in the forefront of Australian DJ'ing culture as a performer, releasing Australia's first series of Mix tape / CD's and also catering to DJ's world wide with break beats and scratch records including producing his own albums which feature MC's both locally and international for artist such as: Funkoars, Blade, Motion Man, Grand Agent, Lotek, Omni, MC Mell'O', Muph & Plutonic, Sandpeople, Speaque Eazie, Pegz, Low Budget, Rainman, Tommy I'llfigga, Mystik Journeyman and much more...

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Bingethinkers

BINGETHINKERS
Where Are They Now…
Available: February 11, 2011
Released by: LookUP Records
Distributed by: Obese Records Over the past half-decade, Bingethinkers have built their reputation as one of Sydney’s most dynamic hip hop outfits - electrifying audiences with their remarkable live show.
The group is comprised of MC Rinse on the mic, DJ 2Buck (Dialectrix, Gully Platoon) on the decks (and beats) and producers Aeon (a member of Sydney rock/electronica act Decoder Ring) and PSYKEone on the beats.

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Maya Jupiter

Maya Jupiter is an Australian rapper & radio personality. Maya was born in La Paz, Mexico. She is of mixed Mexican and Turkish origin. Her family moved to Melbourne, Victoria when she was one year old, they then relocated to Sydney, New South Wales when she was four. She grew up in Busby, a suburb in South-Western Sydney. In 2003 she released her first album entitled Today, on Mother Tongues, the first label in the world dedicated to developing women in hip-hop music.

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Urthboy

Urthboy is an Australian MC, hailing from the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. He started out in the late 90s with the live hip-hop group Explanetary, alongside fellow MC Realistix, Elgusto (drums) and Luke Dubs (keys). The latter two went on to form Hermitude. He quickly became involved with the fledgling Elefant Traks label, as well as becoming a founding member of The Herd. Currently a director and label manager of Elefant Traks, Urthboy oversees much of the daily operations of the label, from A&R work to promotions, media and accounts.

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The Optimen

The Optimen are an Australian hip hop group, originating from Brisbane, Queensland.
The crew consisting of Sammsonite, Datsun, K-West and DJ Damage released their first album "02 Breath Control" in 2002. The album 02 Breath Control is a solid Hip-Hop journey with little emphasis on the battle style that seems to be so prevalent in Aus releases. They tend to focus on entertaining picture painting style tracks with solid but not too technical flows.

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Hermitude

Now residing in Sydney, Luke Dubs and Elgusto grew up in the Blue Mountains where they took up musical instruments at a young age. They’ve played together with Elgusto’s sister Aja in a funk/jazz group called Funk Injection since their early teens. Elgusto has DJ'd and played percussion with Paulmac and The Dissociatives... He’s also played with The Bird, Wes Carr, Explanetary, The Herd, Upshot and Paulmac. You can also check his DJing at various events and clubs.

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Morganics

Morgan Lewis, better known in the hip-hop world as Morganics, is an MC, Beatboxer, Bboy producer. He is also involved in hip hop theatre and teaching beat-boxing and MC'ing to community centres, jails, schools, theatre companies and remote Aboriginal communities. Known for the hit 'Down River' by the Wilcannia Mob featuring three young Aboriginal boys rapping to a beat-boxing soundtrack, Morganics continues to encourage others to use their own words, terms and language as he does to try to make hip hop our own.

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