RIP NICHOLSON DISCOVERS THAT BRISBANE MC LIAM WILSON LOOKED ABROAD WHEN TRYING TO PUSH THE SOUND OF AUSTRALIAN HIP HOP IN A NEW DIRECTION WITH HIS DÉBUT EP AS PROFECY.
PROFECY interviewed @ 09.15 AEST – Friday 12th November, 2010
For Street Press Australia & Rip2Shredz Press
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
Stepping out from under no scene to Brisbane’s big smoking hip hop scene, MC Profecy is moving up – and teaming with Cam Bluff and the Vegas Aces – and a change in the weather of local sound is predicted. His independently released Let The Music Play EP (available for free download via his website) sheds light on the direction of where hip hop as we know it could be travelling. And according to 20-year-old Liam Wilson, it starts with Belgian DJ Benno painting the production from afar.
“M-Phazes said it best when he said [of Australian hip hop] it’s not really exciting production. It’s really basic and just drums over sample beats and that’s exactly what I wanted to change,” Wilson explains. “I mean you can’t really compare it to some of the American hip hop coming out at the moment. And I sort of wanted to bring something more productive to the Australian market.”
First single ‘I Get Down’ drives home how this MC does it best – a keys-chopping, west coast composition Dr Dre wouldn’t mind biting – and sticks out like a jewel thief among car thieves in a line-up alongside many beloved local hip hop productions. With such soul-chasing and melody heavy tracks shaping this five-track EP, the Euro-based beatsmith makes for a perfect fit for an enthusiastic MC seeking change.
“[Benno’s] whole collection of beats was on [a beats-for-sale website],” Wilson says, who connected with the DJ over email. “All the beats I liked, I wrote lyrics down to and recorded them then sent them back for mixing and mastering. That was basically how it all worked out.”
Growing up in Lismore on the NSW coast, a lack of scene support lead Wilson to go it alone. “It’s a pretty shit hip hop scene down there and I was really the only one doin’ it. I had a little home recording studio in the garage, mates would come round on the weekend and we’d try to make a few beats. It was all for the fun of it,” Wilson admits.
After finishing school he left for Brisbane and is currently studying music business at the JMC Academy. “I’ve been around so many people that are into Aussie hip hop and it sort of inspired me back into it. I work at a bottle shop and a lot of people that come in I’d find out are rappers or producers. Being a part of a scene up here was amazing for me – coming from a small country town where no one’s really heard shit. That was a pretty big inspiration for me.”
The EP’s title track narrates the MC standing tall against the industry makeover and bullshit that comes with signing to a label. Wilson laughs as he explains the lyrics. “I’ve had a few independent record labels put a few different deals on the table and it just mainly came from that – and having a whole table sit down, lawyer, manager and putting words into my head and telling me this is what we want you to sound like. It’s just crazy that they actually have the whole marketing plan, the image development, it was just ridiculous.”