The Australian hip hop scene is a flourishing movement with participants of all ages, genders and ethnicities. Mistress of Ceremony aka Mistress OC is a hailing hip hop artist from Melbourne and after taking a year’s hiatus she has just dropped her latest album Control Alt Delete.

Her lyricism is reflective and her choice of beats makes her music vibrant and sensual. She is also hot on her feet having recently toured sold-out shows with the legendary Wu Tang Clan rapper GZA. With Control Alt Delete released on 1 December, the album boasts a lot of featured guests including Ben Lee, Coda Conduct, Saint Felix and others, plus production credits from Cam Bluff, Dizz Beatz and Cortex.

Intro is Mistress OC’s personal contemplation on her life’s purpose and who she can trust, especially when she raps: “Need to know who my friends are / Is it really all about the people that we are?

It’s a poetic intro with a gentle piano piece accompanying her words and opens up the album nicely. Run This, the first single off Control Alt Delete, is a straight-up banger and resembles southern rap music such as David Banner and Jermaine Dupri. In Last One Mistress OC raps on the state of hip hop and about people’s ignorance of feminism, as she proclaims: “Ain’t got time for those who think feminism is just the right to keep your legs closed.” It’s a track with stylish production and lyrical substance.

One of the most notable features is how Control Alt Delete takes the listener into southern rap music, yet brings an Australian slang with Mistress’ flow and cadences. This album, however, feels like it could be appealing to a global audience with some Spanish raps included on songs like Here Now. Rockstarification is about the rock star lifestyle with a chorus that sings: “I can’t tell the difference between reality and fiction”. This is a song about getting sucked into a lifestyle and becoming a victim to drugs, with a heavy beat and a killer flow from Mistress, whilst Switch Up uses a hyphy beat making you want to dance your ass off.

The second half of the album leans more towards the reflective tip with songs like Monster, Hope, Eleni and The 11th Hour all demonstrating a more introverted nature in the lyrics and the production becoming mellower. What You’re Told returns to the heavy-hitting bangers of the first half and closes the album with a striking message when Sever sings on the chorus: “I get this feeling we’re dying because we want it all“. It’s rap with a message and leaves you with some food for thought.

Control Alt Delete delivers in its accessible beats and introspective lyrics. There’s no doubt the sound of the album is directly inspired by American rap music especially what’s coming out of the south of the US and in the Bay Area. Mistress OC, however, proves she has skills on the mic and shares with her listeners the underlying truths of her life and her thoughts on rap music and modern life. The production adds depth to the songwriting and for people who are not so familiar with her music this album is not a bad place to start.

3.5/5

Released: 1 December, 2017 via Independent