“Rapping Is a Sport”: 360 Talks Vintage Modern and Aussie Rappers Making It Big In the U.S.

About a year ago, I had an album that was
completely finished, and it was completely different to what it is now. The whole idea was to make modern kind-of
rap music that sort-of sounds very current in America right now, like very heavy trap
beats and stuff like that. But to bring the vintage element of rap and
lyricism to that kind of music, because I don’t feel like there’s that much of a balance
in that kind of style. So, I was doing that, I had that album ready,
but we felt like there was some songs missing. Then I did a session for a week in Melbourne
with a guy called Carl Dimataga who plays all the instruments on the album and everything
like that. And we made about five new songs in that one
week period and they were totally different. They sounded like some stuff that came out
of the Woodstock era, you know what I mean? We decided, this is amazing. Let’s keep going with this now. Let’s scrap that album totally and let’s make
a complete new album using this formula that we’re doing at the moment. Being a rapper… rapping is a sport. And I love the art of rap, so for me it is
that sport element of it makes me want to be the best rapper in the world, you know
what I mean? So, I aspire to just totally obliterate any
expectations because I want to just prove myself as a rapper with every album I make. I want to just make sure my rapping is ten
times better than the last album. It’s gonna be such a high point for an Australian
to actually do, to blow up in America when they use their natural accent. Because I don’t know whether they’ll take
to it or what, but a lot of English artists like Skepta and Stormzy, they’ve blown up
in America and they have their accents. So, it’s like, there’s hope. I think there’s hope for Australians, you
know? It’s just a matter of who’s gonna do it and

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