16 July, Hudson Ballroom
The fact that MCs, DJs and producers are taking over Sydney’s Inner West is proving there is a cultural awakening among a younger generation who are bursting with creativity and hungry to express themselves through rhyming and making beats that will rock your socks off.
The Hudson Ballroom in the CBD dedicated Saturday night to showcasing some of Sydney’s local hip hop talent.The gig was a triple launch event featuring Aeonic, Losty and Sole Option, with DJ support from Mateo X and DJ Kodered. These three MCs have been honing their craft for some time, receiving recognition through social media and SoundCloud, touring the country with other Australian and international hip hop veterans and climbing up the local music charts.
Aeonic started the night off with his fast rhythms and rhymes getting the early comers warmed up, with singer Jessica Jade making an appearance during his set. Losty, who has made a name for himself in the Australian hip hop scene, got the crowd going with his eclectic set list that consisted of ’90s boom bap tracks, future bass, trap and hip hop that pushes the envelope. Joining Losty on stage was Big Red Cap, Ill Since 86 and Sarah Conner. For a small room the place was all but sold out, and this was a good omen for the headline act of the night.
Sole Option came on the stage with blasting dubstep and then proceeded to get the party started with his DJ playing classic hip hop tracks such as Jump Around and It’s Tricky. He commanded us to “throw your hands in the air” and the atmosphere in the room took on a true club feel. We Will Rock You was included in the mix as well as Skepta’s Shutdown but the show-stopping moment in Sole Option’s set happened as he brought his mum on stage and told the audience how women bring people together. His dad was also at the back of the room providing a family moment for all the audience to witness and feel the love.
Sole Option’s songs deal with universal subject matters, from failed relationships to misspent youth. His choice of beats were funky, with a dose of EDM making it the right recipe to get the crowd jumping and moving from left to right with some Major Lazor music pumping in between his original songs. There was also a chance for him to show off his freestyling skills and for some solo spoken word demonstrating the full range of his creative personality. Of course, the audience demanded an encore and this turned into a chance for Sole Option to say thank you and bring his friends up on stage once again and thank them for their support of his musical journey.
An early finish of 10:30pm on a Saturday night is unusual, especially with hip hop/electronic music, but overall it was a remarkable night that showcased the talent our city has to offer and the loyal following these artists have acquired through their dedication to the music they love.