DELIVERY OF MUSIC AND MESSAGE ON THE PREREQUISITE EP IS DOPE ENOUGH TO THROW-DOWN AGAINST THE TOP-TIER OF AUSTRALIAN HIP-HOP AND SHOWS JUST WHY BRISBANE’S OWN FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS ARE TWO RAPPERS HOLDING THE GAUNTLET.
Press Release for The Prerequisite EP (Clockwork/Obese).
by Fundamental Elements (released on March 3, 2015).
The last two EPs released by the Fundamental Elements showed a huge graduation that is only too evident in their latest body of work, The Prerequisite, the six-track EP from Clockwork Records. To suit the sharpened lyrical skill-set of MCs Species and Pleura, FE continued the hybrid production signature that they’ve been crafting over their careers by balancing a sampology of boom-bap homage over a soundscape reflective of Brisbane’s hungry hip-hop scene. The Prerequisite defines not only them, but the scene from where they hail.
That first neck-snap of boom-bap is provided by producer Solely who lends an old Gang Starr-type jazz-hop pollination of rolling samples to the FE signature on ‘INTRO’. The instrumental backs up the title-track, ‘PREREQUISITE’ which sees Species and Pleura throw a flurry of blows to get the EP rolling, displaying their ‘ill-lyrical behaviour’ with Leaf Dog (High Focus Records, Four Owls) on the boards.
Momentum runs strong into their Velvet Couch Commission cut ‘Y’ALL BEEN WARNED’. Here, both MCs do what MCs do best; talk-smack in metaphors over head-nodding bars and juicy loops in perfect tandem. FE step up their rap game on this joint alone.
The grimy side of the EP rears its head on ‘6 FEET DEEP’, a joint that oozes an underground stench, the perfect throwback with beats that seem to belong together like Timberlands and hoodies. No rest for the wicked on this cut, as both MCs dodge the hook, “We hate cops and love sampling” to exchange bars like two razor-sharp MCs lying in wait.
‘DEAD END GOALS’ paints a very cynical outlook as both spill their ink over the sentiment of many involved across Brisbane’s hip-hop scene that, no matter how hard they graft they may never reach the heights of success without going commercial, their journey has to be for the love of writing raps records.
To cap this affair smooth and melodic chords have set a very reflective mood for ‘SICKNESS’, recounting the fiendish night sweats of these hungry MCs addicted to vinyl, finding solace only in scratching pen to paper in the chase for a dope beat. The narrative of these MCs illustrates just how much passion runs through the Bris-bang hip-hop scene.
The Prerequisite says a lot for Fundamental Elements and indeed the scene that they fiercely represent, a crisp-fresh and well-structured hip-hop release for Clockwork Records and the Velvet Couch massive, a solid effort from two self-determined MCs doing it as good as anyone else.
Bris-bang’s finest at it’s loudest. Heads up!
Executive Producers: Tristan ‘Sneaky-T’ Pearson & Pleura @ Clockwork Studios.
All tracks produced by Pleura except: ‘Intro’ (Soley); ‘The Prerequisite’ (Leaf Dog).
Mastered by Tony “Jack the bear” Mantz @ Deluxe Mastering.
All tracks recorded, mixed and arranged by T. Pearson & Pleura @ Clockwork Studios.
Photography by Conan Whitehouse
Art direction by Loz @ Renegade Empire