What up Canberra? Welcome to 2017! What is there to say about 2016? Yeah sure, some famous people died and Trump got elected and Brexit and all that … The world changes, people die. It’s a harsh and at times sad reality but it’s the truth. Talking all this ‘woe is us’ chat just takes away from recognising the good shit that happened in 2016. And good shit there was.
If you’re a hip-hop fan in the Capital in 2016 you were (and most likely still are) lucky enough to be a part of one of the freshest, original and tight-knit hip-hop scenes in the country. In 2016 you would have seen some of the sweatiest, most rowdy and generally bangin’ hip-hop sets from Canberrans for Canberrans you’ll probably ever see and you probably never paid more than 15 bucks to do so. And in 2016 you got the opportunity to catch proper icons like Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Black Milk and House Shoes without even leaving town. So yeah, 2016 was a good year. A great year, even. And now we get to start fresh and do it all again in 2017.
If you need proof of just how big CBR hip-hop is getting, just know that Genesis Owusu has absolutely cemented his reputation as one of CBR’s finest exports. Owusu is clearly on the positive vibe train into 2017 as he’s just been nominated as Triple J’s Unearthed artist for the Sydney leg of Laneway Festival on Saturday February 4. This is one you will have to leave town for but tix are still available, so cop for your chance to see Owusu rep in the big smoke alongside A.B. Original, Clams Casino, Mick Jenkins, Sampa the Great and Young Thug.
Dozo Domo is also coming in hot in the New Year as a regular hip hop event for 2017 at Akiba on Sunday arvos. The first instalment has already past us, but if their first line-up, featuring the likes of Donut$, p a r k s, Swift Taylor and Jedbrii is anything to go by, this one will be around for a while.
Sticking with the freshness, stalwart of the CBR scene Indighost is basically straight up promising his ILLumiNATION album is gonna be hitting the airwaves sometime early this year. Indighost has been doing his bit for a minute now so I can’t wait to see how this one turns out. Finally, big name Ty Dolla $ign is swingin’ through ANU Bar on Wednesday January 25 in support of new album The Campaign. Given the date there’s plenty of opportunity to get messed up and not have to worry about the consequences the next day. Tickets are likely to run on this one so don’t sleep and hit up Moshtix early.