Held within Brisbane’s The Flamin’ Galah, Big Village Records supply a pumping hot hip hop show. The lineup includes some of the foremost amongst the Sydney label’s roster; Rapaport, P. Smurf, Omar Musa, and Mathas. Even before the show kicks off the crowd are absorbed within the venue’s atmosphere. Eager for the night’s excitement to unfurl, punters flood the bar as an upbeat wave of culture reverberates throughout The Galah’s tight-knit confines.
Rapaport toys with the caricature of MC. Live, he doubles on electric guitar, a surprising addition to the typical Australian hip hop setup. His musicianship showcases another dimension of his formidable musical talent. Onstage he’s joined by Beastside, another member of the Big Village crew. As the set climaxes the room fills with hands raised in an obvious salute to both MC and the local scene.
P.Smurf keeps the room hyped. He entrances the crowd, unleashing a consistent clap and flow of bopping ‘woo’s’. “Can I just talk shit for two seconds?” he rumbles with a driving bellow. There’s a drive, zest and energy to his performance and it is reflected by an equally enthusiastic crowd. His performance makes clear that he’s excited to be in Brisbane.
Hot off of a recent national tour with Horrorshow, Omar Musa brings a deep bass and consistent flow. “Two steps forward,” he requests, urging his audience to come in closer. He praises those who indulge telling him that’s what he likes to see.
It’s a sense of intimacy that embodies one of the greatest things about Aussie hip hop shows. Artists are always warm, friendly and ready to put on a show which connects to the moment. It’s like being at home, with your family at Christmas, surrounded by comfort food and a cosy fire… except Mathas brings an artistic energy that isn’t set in any living room. The only similarity is that he takes his shoes off.
Mathas gives the crowd an engaging show, jumping into the pit to get down onto their level. The group welcomes him in, his eyes catching theirs as he rhymes to individuals as if they’re in deep conversation. One-on -one, he levels with the crowd to reveal that Brisbane is one of his favorite cities to play. For him, it feels like a second home. He loves the people too, the conversations that he has with them. There’s something deeply respectful and reverent about the crowd, who love The Big Village boys as much as they love being in town.
The show concludes with all four acts jumping on stage. The energy of these performances is clearly something that drives the music. The Australian hip hop scene holds together a very unique group of people who are always ready to embrace the art. Each performer presents solid Aussie hip hop. Combined it’s obvious they’re genuinely enjoying their time in Brisbane. This is imperative because Brisbane certainly loved having The Big Village crew in town.
Reviewer - Becci Writes