NEW ALBUM IN STORES NOW!
He's black and he's back Brothablack releases his
long-awaited album. One of the countrys pioneers
of Indigenous hip hop is returning in 2006 from
a long-overdue hiatus. "More Than A Feeling"
in stores Now - distributed by Obese Records!
Growing Pains - Deadly Vibe Issue 101 July 2005
Brothablack has been in the hip hop game for a while
now, many may know him as a former member of the Indigenous
hip hop crew, South West Syndicate. Some may have seen
him in the hip hop theatre project The Longest Night,
or caught him at the Vibe 3on3 basketball and hip hop
challenge. He also had a single release on a Triple J
hip hop compilation album, and more recently he was the
MC at Sydneys massive Rock Tha Block concert.
While Brothablack is the first to admit that his debut
album is long overdue, he is very aware that goo d t hings
come to those who wait. He believes that his years of
experience in the Australian hip hop underground have
made his first release more than worth the wait.
Its taken me some time as an artist to finally get an
album done, so its a big weight off my shoulders, the
26-year-old confesses. It was a whole new experience.
Ive really only ever contributed to other peoples tracks
before, so having the chance to write and produce whole
tracks of my own is definitely something Im keen to keep
While his first solo project has been in the pipeline
for some years, it took Brothablack only nine months to
write and record all new tracks for the album, entitled
More Than a Feeling.
More Than a Feeling is actually the name of one of the
tracks on the album, Brothablack says. I think it reflects
most strongly where Im at with my music and the feeling
behind it, which made it an obvious title choice for the
Tapping into my own emotions and raw feelings was a new
experience for me, and that was definitely something I
wanted to put down on the album.
The track More Than a Feeling showcases the more politically-conscious
side of Brothablack, who flips verses on the strength
and pride that he draws from his Indigenous heritage.
Brothablacks words are complemented by a brooding sound
scape, cut together with wailing police sirens and various
news reports taken from the Redfern riots.
The main message behind this album is to give non-Indigenous
people a good look into an Indigenous males life, Brothablack
explains. From myself - a young male, and a father to
some of the adversity that I face in society, its just
a short snapshot of the life of an Aboriginal male.
The eclectic album also borrows from a range of influences
and sounds. Not planting itself solely in the political
vein, its lyrical content continually shifts from Indigenous
issues to relationship dramas, fatherhood and plain old
I wanted to explore a whole range of different music
styles on the album, from standard hip hop sounds to hard
core dance, to acoustic tracks, Brothablack says. I think
this is a reflection of my own musical tastes and its
something that, as a musician, I have always wanted to
I think Ive matured a lot as a performer and an artist.
Everything in my music is coming from me now, so its my
story. I guess generally I have grown up as a man, which
will be very noticeable for listeners out there who know
my previous work.