The national ‘Fire Sign’ tour that has seen Remi, Sensible J and Sampa The Great collaborate on the road has finished up north in Darwin earlier this month.
The reviews and chatter in the wake of these shows around the country have been very lively. They’ve gone beyond a healthy dose of hip hop. They’ve been schooling crowds in what Australian hip hop has been missing for too long.
As we have seen with the likes of the Playback808 crew, L-FRESH THE LION, A.B Original, Hau and others over the last few years, there has been a re-energised drive within Australian hip hop.
Artists, particularly younger independent artists, are voicing their discontent with the system, rather than keeping their grievances at murmur level within their own circles. Public and artistic platforms are being utilised to brilliant effect.
Respect is still paid to the OG’s who brought hip hop further into the mainstream of Australian music but make no mistake, there’s a considerable shake up happening within the genre that has, to me at least, never been more exciting to be looking on at.
These recent shows helmed by Remi, J and Sampa have been excellent examples of this shift. All three artists have been passionate advocates for a more inclusive and diverse artistic culture in Australia for a long time now and their international profiles are growing rapidly.
Watching the audience at Adelaide’s Fat Controller, you could see the expressions crossing each face along the front row. Some of these people may have come out to get ‘lit’, but the show they got in return was a slap of honesty and unbridled confidence from two young wordsmiths unafraid of stepping up to the plate and delivering the messages that have driven both their personal and artistic journeys.
It may seem obvious; talent plus talent should equal an unbeatable show, right? The missing link in the equation, as we have seen with so-called ‘keyboard warriors’ and the general community of ignoramuses who find the concept of being talented and black in today’s modern Australian climate foreign, has been an audience ready to hear these messages.
Fans and the general public aren’t being pandered to or delivered watered down content for the sake of decent charting positions or triple j acclaim.
As it would seem now, people are waking up. They may not necessarily be ‘woke’, but they’re definitely emerging from a cultural slumber that has kept people in the dark ages for far too long.
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