Interview: Hau & DJ Izm – A Decade of Australian Hip-Hop – Part 4
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 4 talks about current and emerging local hip-hop acts that are carrying on the legacy and continuing to improve Australian hip-hop. DJ Izm praises Seth Sentry while Hau gives a shout out to triple j Unearthed artists Mr Hill & Rahjconkas.
The Aus hip-hop ambassadors then discuss the positive impact DJ Flagrant, the man behind Official – The Best of Australian Hip-Hop Vol 1, has on the local culture. Describing Flagrant as the “hardest working DJ in the country” and “the business”, DJ Izm and Hau reveal how many facets of local hip-hop Flagrant is involved in.
Wrapping up the epic discussion, Hau and DJ Izm talk about the future of Australian hip-hop. Having now won over legions of fans on their home turf, local hip-hop acts are now turning their attention to the rest of the world, with a mindset for global domination.