Bush Kush Records: Volume One

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The Northern Territory isn’t the first place you think of when someone says Australian Hip Hop, however as the latest collaborative mixtape like EP from label ‘Bush Kush Records’ demonstrates, the seeming insignificance of the territories’ scene is made up for by an enthusiastic and dedicated few.

‘Bush Kush Records (Volume One)’ is a six track release, that showcases seven of the territory’s most tenacious mc’s. With the crew consisting of both up and comers and veterans alike, the EP is interesting overall taste of the Northern Territory Hip Hop.

Somewhat notable rapper ‘Dan The Underdog’ produces each track, while the notorious bearded battle rapper ‘Skank mc’ brings some valuable experience to the project. Skank won the ‘Northern Territory Urban Song of the Year’ in 2013 for his track ‘Northern Terror Story’, a grim recount of a young boys slow demise in to crime as he falls a victim of his society. Skank’s success has now given him a opportunity in helping aspiring younger territory mc’s gain exposure, through such projects as this.

From the first track ‘Intro’ I was both surprised and impressed. The production was simple but complimentary while each verse is packed with clever lines and jokes, delivered with more flow then I expected from such young artists yet too fully make their mark on the scene. Mc Kaotic’s fast wit and delivery in the albums second track ‘Darwin Ratio’, makes it in my opinion the best track on the album. This is also thanks to the second verse’s amusing assertion; “Tell Hilltop I’ve found the hard road, It’s inbetween Darwin and Palmo”. 

By the albums third track ‘Bar Blade Bandit’, although ‘Sully’ still drops some solid lines the track seems to continue a touch too long, and the slight repetitiveness of the production begins to become evident. The albums sixth and final track ‘The Contenders’ however is in my eyes the albums redeeming factor. With four of the rappers all speaking on the real about the ups and downs of being a Territory mc. The track goes beyond mere boasting, giving an insight in to the simultaneous hurdles faced and fulfillment found as part of such a small yet tight knit emerging Hip Hop community.

Ultimately, even without it’s interestingly unique background, ‘Bush Kush, Volume One’ is as entertaining as any release from the majoy cities. I’ve without a doubt been less impressed with releases from far more established crews and labels in the past, and so I certainly hope to see a ‘Volume Two’ in the not so distant future.

Marcus Bowers