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Hip Hop


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hip hop


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Tasman Keith


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The idea of hometown pride rides deeper than most in Tasman’s music: everything he does is indebted to the community that raised him, to the idea of giving back and carrying on the storytelling traditions of his family. For a small town on New South Wales' mid-North Coast most commonly recognised for housing one of the country’s most notorious missions and… most shameful history, Tasman is attempting to write a new history through his music, reclaiming pride by lifting up and giving back. His skills as a rapper have already made him impossible to ignore as a leader of Australia’s hip hop resurgence, but Tasman’s message and his storytelling are quickly making him into an essential artist, a wholly indispensable new voice in the conversation.
A potent mix of the thick, syrupy synths of 90s West Coast hip hop, the laid-back grooves of neo-funk, the twisted bass and skittering hi-hats of trap and the shadowy emotiveness of R&B, Tasman’s music defies categorisation. Produced by Kapital J & Papertoy with additional production from James Mangohig & Michael Hohnen, ’BILLY BAD AGAIN’ trades slyly menacing verses for an audacious, trunk-rattling chorus, with Tasman’s razor-sharp, grainy, Pusha T-evoking flow. ‘BILLY BAD AGAIN’ feels strong and streetwise, exuding a quiet, don’t-mess-with-me confidence. “No one catching up to me”, Tasman sings on the chorus. And you believe him.
Of the single, Tasman shares that "'BILLY BAD AGAIN’ came from a semi-frustrating studio session with my producers, Kapital J & James Mangohig, I was too focused on forcing out as many songs as I could. James had me step outside for a minute, when I came back in Kapital J had this beat that he said was perfect for the vibe we were in. It was this aggressive yet braggadocious instrumental that reminded me to have fun with it and talk my shit. ‘BILLY BAD AGAIN’ is the side of me that is confident and unapologetic, it’s about being that guy wherever you are and for me it’s my turn to show that through my music, whilst throwing in two Adam Sandler movie references”.

So far 2019 has seen the Bowraville rapper emphatically capitalising on the attention garnered by the release of his debut 2018 EP, Mission Famous. Recorded at Skinnyfish Music’s Studio G and produced by Mangohig and Nooky (Bad Apples Music), Mission Famous spawned singles ‘My Pelopolees’, which has racked up over 364,000 streams on Spotify, and the title track, which earned high rotation on triple j and Spotify’s All Aussie Hip Hop playlist, drawing praise from Vice, LNWY, Pilerats and more. He followed the success of his debut up with a collaborative EP with Darwin singer Stevie Jean, Evenings, released in August 2019, a narrative-driven, concept project centred around two individuals who come together for one night and the emotions that surround them as they orbit one another, feeling the other person out, clashing egos and discovering moments of connection. ‘BILLY BAD AGAIN’ follows Stevie Jean and Tasman’s lead single ‘Prey’ and Tasman’s most recent solo single, ‘move up’, both of which scored high rotation on triple j and FBi Radio. 2019 has also seen Tasman graduate to larger stages around the country, performing at Laneway Festival, Groovin’ the Moo, Bigsound, St Kilda Festival and more.
Determined to use his platform as an unstoppable, undeniable voice for the voiceless, Tasman recently shared the Mission Famous documentary directed by Sam Eagan, Harry Hunter & Joey Hunter of Entropico, taking the resonant social justice messages of his music to new mediums as he provides insights into the extreme highs and lows of life in Bowraville, shining a light on the collective achievements of his hometown.

Unearthed in 2019

Laneway Festival

30 Dec 2018

Winner

Tasman Keith

Tasman Keith

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

03 Dec 2019

Triple J
40

Tasman Keith the type of dude who rolls up to the BBQ with his own homemade spicy sauce. Trust him on it, he's got that extra hot flavour.

Tasman Keith the type of dude who rolls up to the BBQ with his own homemade spicy sauce. Trust him on it, he's got that extra hot flavour.

Review

Review by Celline Narinli Celline Narinli

29 Nov 2019

Triple J
45

THAT. CHORUS.

THAT. CHORUS.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

26 Nov 2019

Triple J
40

Take a step back 'cas Tasman's bringing more than just the HEAT.

Take a step back 'cas Tasman's bringing more than just the HEAT.