Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen PRE-RELEASE ALBUM REVIEW with Chekid-Phat Rich Records

They say the Australian Hip Hop scene can be a cut throat industry,
where emcee’s and promoters alike fight for top tier to reach their
goals. Well today i believe this has all changed, with emcee’s from
across the country abandoning their own needs for one main goal… to
raise money and awareness for the less fortunate.

With CanTeen, MGM (Distribution), Wonderwomen Management, Media Arts
Lawyers, Toasted Designs, SBX Charity, Dazastah & many more, putting
their time and money into this project, not for a price, but for a
good cause, the creation of one amazing album has risen.

Robert Hunter AKA Hunter from SBX, had been fighting a battle with
cancer for over two years, but that didn’t stop him from releasing
numerous albums throughout that battle, proving that sometimes music
can provide a strength that you cannot get anywhere else than in being
a musician. Which brings me to the album : Robert Hunter Hip Hop
Charity for CanTeen. It seems people have taken that strength that
Hunter has shown possible in these hard times, and turned it into a
positive for other people in need, with artists such as Hilltop Hoods,
Drapht, Brad Strut, Bias B, Porsah Laine, Koolism, Downsyde & many
more all digging deep to be a part of this great creation.

I have been given the opportunity to listen to and review the album
before its release, having been travelling Europe & South America,
this production has been Number 1 on my playlist continually, and the
first thought after hearing it was this is a “one of a kind” Album!

It’s not often you get a major release with many of the big names in
the industry combined with up and comers from across this country, and
the outcome is amazing!  With heartfelt kickers like “When We Were
Kids”by Hunter, Dazastah and Drapht, (which is one of my personal
favourites), to a dope track  “So This Is Vandalism” featuring Blunt,
Mysc, Smiley & Verdikt (All Up & Coming West Australian Emcee’s). A
stand out track from first listen for me was “Colours”by Elefant Traks
All Stars (Hermitude,Solo,The Tongue,Ozi Batla & Urthboy), with the
beat at an all time high, even without vocals could have your head
nodding, but with all of these top contenders on one track, there was
no other option but to love it, so good work boys!

Next up is “Feel At Home” By Hunter, Kadyelle, Thorts & Porsah Laine
(produced by Dazastah). When you listen to this song, you realise its
not your typical generic hip hop track, which for me, is a relief
these days. Porsah Laine’s chorus is by far one of the best i’ve heard
from the SBX Princess, bringing the track alive with melody and
meaning, Kadyelle & Thorts really hit the nail on the head too,
bringing smooth, easy listening verses to my ears, and finally Hunter,
i have to say this last albums work has raised me to a new level, both
with meaning and structure, just a small example from “Feel at Home”:
“I’m not superman, im not coming to the rescue / i’m not a
supervillian, im not coming to get you/
What I am, just an ordinary man / tryna make a little difference in
the world I think I can”/
“Everyday I give thanks to the world, for the friends that I got / for
the love that I feel, im in a beautiful spot/
and when it comes time to depart, im’a leave with a song in my heart,
with a song in my heart”/

I wish I could review every artist who has put forth on this album,
but unfortunately, I would be here for eternity.. all of these artists
rose to the challenge and gave 100% to the cause, which is obvious
once you sit and listen, showing that there are some amazing artists
out there who are yet to be heard, and a lot more to this scene than
first thought.

The whole album flows through from track to track, some artists
followed the subject for the album, while others kept it more simple,
to keep it upbeat, so the mix between them all works, bringing an
outstanding sound throughout the production.

And a special thanks to Dazastah at Charlie Chimp Studios, who has
provided many of the beats for the album, and has put his time and
effort in to Mastering the 32 strong tracks, the whole project doesnt
miss a beat.

If you are into your Australian Hip Hop, want an insane release that
will not be forgotten in this industry, and want to provide CanTeen
with a way of giving young adults dealing with cancer a
helping hand, then please buy this album, with all proceeds going to

There are many people “behind the scenes” that won’t get acknowledgement
for all the hard work they have done over the past year to make this
stellar release, but i’m sure, if you enjoy the music and understand
the message, their hard work, sweat and tears will all be worth it.

Chekid – Phat Rich Records


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