Tonight the Fundamental Elements bring all they have to their EP launch at South Brisbane’s Milk Factory, a huddled corner space just fit for some local and live hip-hop.
FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS Live @ Milk Factory, BNE – Saturday 18th April, 2015
Supports: DJ Backlash, Upryt, Tendancee, Tailor Made & Verbill.
Words by RIP NICHOLSON
Live Images by Dwayne Bridgland
For Street Press Australia / OHHS / Wordplay magazine.
On World Record Store Day, the Northside contingent to Brisbane’s Boomtown scene showed out for the double launch of Clockwork Records’ Fun Not Fame Mixtape Vol 3 and Fundamental Elements’ The Prerequisite EP on a bill supported by Velvet Couch Clothing and featuring the local lineup of Upryt, Tendancee and DJ Backlash who holds down spins between sets. And before the main act, Tailor Made drop joints from their String Theory LP then Verbill rhymes over Nate Dogg’s ‘I Got Love’ and gets between the sheets with ‘Everything’ dedicated to the couple who reconciled over this jam and finishing on ‘Slice’ to a full-house reception for one of Brisbane hip-hop’s slickest soloists.
Hot inside, sweat builds up on the graffed walls as host, Sneaky T snatches back the stage with DJ Johnny Love to keep the atmosphere amped for more of Boomtown’s big hitters while Pleura and Species from Fundamental Elements cool-out at the back of the crowd, mic’ed up before prowling to the front, rapping ‘The Prerequisite’ lead track to the EP. Breaking bars back and forth like old-hat, FE run out their new EP featuring Insideous (from Exit Strategy) on ‘The Sickness’ while an audience spilling out into the sidewalk finds their bounce to Johnny Love on the ones-and-twos.
Tonight at the Milk Factory local hip-hop on both sides of the stage show love. Both MCs thank everyone in the house humbly, recognising that in a small scene the lifeblood is in the 360 degree support. With a raucous applause for their final track ‘Y’all Been Warned’ the graft of one of Brisbane’s finest independent crews is appreciated as they carve away at their place in Australian hip-hop. VC’s night of celebrating Clockwork Records’ Fun Not Fame Mixtape Vol 3 and Fundamental Elements’ EP launch of The Prerequisite goes off without a hitch as the boys claim theirs in the Boomtown scene that has equally embraced them.