Artist info

Genre

Pop, Hip Hop


Sounds like

Little Dragon, Cee Lo Green, amy winehouse


band members

Sammsonite, DATS, Kel on Earth, Mack Oh, Mr Laneous, Mint Slice, General Beats, Peet Beattie


Influences

J dilla, Erykah Badu, Georgia Ann Muldrow


Bio

BANKRUPT BILLIONAIRES “Off the books and off the hook” Bankrupt Billionaires blend soul-drenched vocals with head-knocking beats. The powerhouse group comprises some of Brisbane's best talent including Boomtown's premier hip hop producers Sammsonite & DATS (The Optimen), soul diva Kel on Earth, and an all-star live show with Hannah Macklin, Mr Laneous, Myka Wallace & Greg Arnott. Reminiscent of singer/producer teams like Gnarls Barkley, Little Dragon, Mark Ronson and the late great Amy Winehouse, Bankrupt Billionaires have established their very own world-class sound that is familiar in its throwback 70s soul vibe and thrilling it sonic excursion into pulsating hip hop. Bankrupt Billionaires production is a soundtrack to entice the ear while Kel on Earth's stunning vocals infect the mind with tales of love and woe, hope and frustration. In 2011 Bankrupt Billionaires debuted 2 singles and their impressive 7-piece live show. The group has gone on to support the likes of Chali 2na (US), Oddisee (US), Clairy Browne & The Bangin Rackettes (Melb), plus a stack of interstate and local headline shows. In February 2012 Bankrupt Billionaires released a music video and their highly-anticipated self-titled EP, an outstanding piece of work that continues to earn them sellout shows, rave reviews and national radio play. “I would describe it more as a supergroup, comprising some of the best talent in Brisbane, with exceptional producers, and a spectacular front woman with a voice that oozes through your brain like the darkest of molasses.” Tom Waterman, Scene Magazine “Their soulful hip hop-influenced sounds pack a hell of a punch. Lead singer Kel Timmons has enough sass and swagger to power a small island nation. Their show is pretty much start to finish flawless.” Josh Donellan, Rave Magazine Bankrupt Billionaires’ debut EP is now available through www.bankruptbillionaires.bandcamp.com and other online and retail outlets. Bankrupt Billionaires launch their audacious new single “Shut Your Face” throughout the country from June 2012. Full-length album drops early 2013.

Review

Reviewed by Al Newstead Al Newstead

22 Aug 2011

Triple J
40

It's so refreshing to hear some Aussie hip-hop/R&B that doesn't fall under the hoods and hard roads tag. Fun lyrical matter and a funky backbone to match.

It's so refreshing to hear some Aussie hip-hop/R&B that doesn't fall under the hoods and hard roads tag. Fun lyrical matter and a funky backbone to match.

Review

Rosie Beaton

10 Apr 2012

Triple J
40

really nice soul feel to this song - old skool sharon jones kinda - love a 60s vibe

really nice soul feel to this song - old skool sharon jones kinda - love a 60s vibe

Review

Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

06 Jun 2012

Triple J
40

A complete shift from 'Feelin' This' but still very Billionaires. I love the classic soul sound that you guys manage to construct and the fuck off, woman in charge vibe of this tune is pretty endearing.

A complete shift from 'Feelin' This' but still very Billionaires. I love the classic soul sound that you guys manage to construct and the fuck off, woman in charge vibe of this tune is pretty endearing.