Rappertag was a small internet venture from 360 that kicked off late last year. It consisted of a rapper recording a couple of bars then at the end naming the next rapper to have a go. Starting in Melbourne it soon travelled around the country and generated a huge following and a hugely varying level of quality from the participants (stop all the back patting, some of it was fucking awful).

Due to the competitive nature of rap/rappers the quality of the film clips increased dramatically. the first few where filmed simply on webcams. Later on we’d see HD recordings and scripted video clips.

Last night Billy Bunks came through with his effort and finished it. What struck me about his effort is how it embodies the local scene. Far more than any all 9 elements, breakdancing, wearing a tee shirt professing a love for footwear, “Street” magazine ever does (but god damn there’s a lot of those in the “scene”)

Some points to note about the Australian rap scene (at least from my perspective of an outsider looking in)

  • There’s not a lot of money in it.  For all the rap dress ups at night, come 6:30am the work boots come back on. And Australia is pretty proud of it’s working class, more so than pretending to have expensive things.
  • Beer is to rap here what Codeine is in Texas, MDMA is to the bay, Malt liquor and kush are to LA, Heroin is to New Orleans, Trapping is to Atlanta.
  • Graffiti/Tagging is closely tied to the hiphop scene. More than breakdancing. Probably more than DJing. Nearly more than the actual rapping.
  • The younger generation pay a lot of respect to the older generation. This is only eclipsed by the amount of respect the older generation feel they deserve. This carries over into their feelings on international acts. More than once I’ve heard people saying about current Atlanta + Bay rappers I’ve played that the reason the listener isn’t a fan is due to the artist not paying enough homage to NY rappers of the 80’s

Anyways, enough analysing here’s Blly’s effort
Find ’60’s one here + the rest of them.

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