Interview: Hau & DJ Izm – A Decade of Australian Hip-Hop – Part 2
DJ Flagrant’s new label It’s Official Music recently released Official – The Best of Australian Hip-Hop Vol 1, a compilation showcasing the past 10 years of Australian hip-hop. Having grown from a niche genre to a national culture, local hip-hop continues to improve and to be accepted as a legitimate form of music.
Two of the acts featured on the impressive compilation are Australian hip-hop pioneers Koolism and the platinum-selling, genre-defining Bliss n Eso. Koolism member Hau Latukefu and Bliss n Eso turn-tablist Tarik Ejjamai, aka DJ Izm, stopped by the studio to discuss the evolution of local hip-hop over the last decade.
Part 2 talks about the trailblazers of Australian hip-hop. Names such as Resin Dogs, 1200 Techniques, The Herd and Hilltop Hoods all spring to mind, but for DJ Izm it’s all about the man sitting next to him, Hau, and the group Koolism.
The conversation also turns to the community of local hip-hop culture and its ability to empower and give purpose to youths that may have lost their way or feel outcast and isolated from their peers and society.