wrote this: “I was asked to write about the state of hip-hop in Australia. I’d prefer to shine a light on what may be the future of it: Indigenous Hip-Hop. Indigenous artists carry a profoundly engrossing and intriguing story for international audiences, yet it’s barely understood by many Australians.”
This free ebook aims to be an introduction to some of the Aboriginal hip-hop artists out there. All have stories that demand to be heard, from the better-known players like The Last Kinection, Jimblah and Sky’high, to those who are probably too radical for the establishment to handle - such as Provocalz, whose interview ends with the interviewer and interviewee both being questioned by police.
This ebook is by no means comprehensive - there are about 50 Aboriginal hip-hop artists pumping out quality tracks at the moment, and it speaks to only half of them. But it aims to be a live document, updated at the start of each year. Hopefully it will become more comprehensive as the years tick by. At any rate, readers are encouraged to seek out the artists and follow them in their own, unedited, words.
The author, Mat Ward, is a journalist who lives in Sydney. He also runs Facebook.com/AboriginalRap. Read more about why he wrote the book here. For more information contact RealTalkTheBook@gmail.com. "A hell of a read - with rappers holding forth on everything from politics to family, books, poetry, activism, homophobia, police brutality... and just about anything else you can think of." - The Koori Mail, February 26, 2014. "Incredible read." - Jimblah, tweeting about the Impossible Odds interview, July 23, 2013. "Amazing interview with Impossible Odds. Everyone should read that interview." - Ozi Batla, via Twitter, July 23, 2013. "The most articulate and well-researched article on the band I've ever read." - Fred Leone, Impossible Odds, July 26, 2013. "Probably the most awesome article on Desert Pea Media I have ever seen." - Toby Finlayson, director of remote hip-hop workshops program Desert Pea Media, May 17, 2013. "Of all the interviews we've done - and we've done a hell of a lot - this was, without a doubt, by far the the best." - Kings Konekted, April 24, 2013. "Best interview I've done. Props." - Provocalz. "Mat always does a good job with the interviews." - Indij hip-hop show host Munk, February 19, 2013. "Search it out online. It's free, after all." - Hip-hop columnist Viktor Krum, Drum Media, January 8, 2013.
The book is best read as a mobi file on a Kindle app.