As the 'Oz Boy' cover art suggests, Ides makes music about selling drugs in Australia. After a few years bubbling below the surface, he's finally dropped his first project, and it displays a fully-formed style and unique musical identity, packaging witty and vivid street bars in a flamboyant, expressive vocal delivery.
I met up with Hamza earlier in the year, on his birthday, to talk about his new project, his first exposure to hip-hop through a D12 CD, balancing his Western and Pakistani identities in his music, Islam in hip-hop, shuffling at lunchtime, his unorthodox creative process, working with SOLLYY and Murli, what needs to be change in the Australian rap scene and more.
Rap music is in the era of the Baby.
If you can cast your mind back, you might recall that 2020 was a bit of a shit year. Thankfully, 2021 is here and everything is better now, so we can reflect fondly on the best Australian rap songs to drop during that god-forsaken 365-day period.
Ivy Sole raps like freedom is in reach.
Against great odds, the best rapper in the country has delivered perhaps his finest collection yet.
Some of my favourite recent albums.
Isaac Puerile might just be The One.
If this doesn’t get you nodding your head within the first ten seconds, turn it off. You don’t deserve it.
Future's 2015 mixtape '56 Nights' is now on streaming services. For my money, it's his best and perhaps the BEST TRAP TAPE OF ALL TIME.