DIALECT & DESPAIR – Speak Your Mind

RIP NICHOLSON LEARNS FROM NELSON HEDDITCH (AKA MC DIALECT) THAT THE MINIMAL GUEST CAST APPROACH OF THE DEBUT ALBUM DROP FROM ADELAIDE HIP HOPPERS DIALECT & DESPAIR IS ALL ABOUT BUILDING BRAND RECOGNITION.

DIALECT interviewed @ 10.30 AEST – Wednesday 13th October, 2010
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press

Words by RIP NICHOLSON

Listening to the first studio release of Dialect & Despair, it becomes apparent that MC Nelson Hedditch (aka Dilaect) was reared on New York’s true school hip hop. While the Adelaide DJ/MC one-two are from generation Y, they prefer to measure out the ingredients to their product off the Golden Era’s raw recipe. With support from one of Australia’s foremost purveyors of the traditional in Delta and two thumbs up from EPMD’s Erick Sermon, Dialect & Despair have released their first LP The Vortex and intend to keep biting at the Big Apple’s original hip hop formula to illustrate their love of the art.

Aptly named after the studios where Dialect spits verses well beyond his years over producer Despair’s big beats of timeless hip hop, The Vortex’s ‘Ageless’ demonstrates Dialect’s ability as a natural MC. Here he finesses his rhymes as brings his lyrical steez and knowledge of hip hop’s art and cultural side to another level.

“I had fun writing all my lyrics but that beat in particular had that classic hip hop feel and I was like ‘damn that track is just ageless, you couldn’t put a date to that kinda beat.’ I guess when it came to writing the song I just wanted it to be real nice,” Hedditch says, “as it reflects how I feel about hip hop. It’s definitely one of my favourites.”

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‘Longevity’ also details Dialect’s thoughts behind the state of hip hop on the home front and poses the question on the strength of a very grounded culture still reaching from the roots.

“Man I can see it going any which way,” the young rapper predicts. “It’s still in it’s baby stages. Aussie hip hop has had waves of popularity and (over the years) sales have dipped. It’s like skateboarding. You know skating was massive at one point in the 80’s then it dipped but came back in the 90’s again. But skateboarding is always gonna be there – you’re always gonna have skaties even if it’s not the most popular thing out. So regardless of what’s popular in music, and especially in Australian hip hop, people who love the culture will always be there, that’s what I reckon.”

The new album harboured only those privy to The Vortex studios. MCs Delta, Motion and Social Change drop verses, surely only to give Dialect – an MC with so much to say – a moment to suck air. As Hedditch explains, for their first big outing Dialect & Despair wanted to solidify brand recognition. “That was a conscious decision. We just wanted to show this is our crew. We wanted to create that sound so people when know hear us they instantly know, yep that’s Dialect & Despair.”

During Australia’s recent EPMD tour, Long Island NY MC, Erick Sermon co-signed Dialect And Despair’s hip hop – a moment young rapper, Nelson Hedditch won’t soon forget. “He wanted to hear some beats so after the gig he came back to The Vortex. He was giving us info about the music industry, about recordings, telling stories, the full experience. We gained a lot from it and he had a listen to the first eight tracks (of the album) and really gave us mad props. It was surreal and really cool.”

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