This book aims to be an introduction to some of the Aboriginal hip-hop artists out there. All have stories that demand to be heard, from the better-known players like The Last Kinection, Briggs, Jimblah and Sky’high, to those who are probably too radical for the establishment to handle - such as Provocalz, whose interview ends with the interviewer and interviewee both being questioned by police.
The book is by no means comprehensive - there are about 50 Aboriginal hip-hop artists pumping out quality tracks at the moment, and it speaks to only half of them. Hopefully it will become more comprehensive as the years tick by. At any rate, readers are encouraged to seek out the artists and follow them in their own, unedited, words.
"A must-read." - I Am Hip-Hop magazine, UK.
"A hell of a read - with rappers holding forth on everything from politics to family, books, poetry, activism, homophobia, police brutality... and just about anything else you can think of." - The Koori Mail.
"I was blown away by the book in that these aren't just straight up interviews, there are so many geographical points and histories. Incredible book. Can't big it up enough. Everyone should go out and get this book." - Hardcore Classic radio show host Tommy Rock of Def Wish Cast.
"Now that's what I call an interview!" - Kim Busty Beatz Bowers on the Munkimuk interview.
"Incredible read." - Jimblah, tweeting about the Impossible Odds interview.
"Want to read all about me and my thoughts? This is the one right now!" - Briggs.
"Amazing interview with Impossible Odds. Everyone should read that interview." - Ozi Batla, via Twitter.
"The most articulate and well-researched article on the band I've ever read." - Fred Leone, Impossible Odds.
"Probably the most awesome article on Desert Pea Media I have ever seen." - Toby Finlayson, director of remote hip-hop workshops program Desert Pea Media.
"Of all the interviews we've done - and we've done a hell of a lot - this was, without a doubt, by far the the best." - Kings Konekted.
"Best interview I've done. Props." - Provocalz.
“Fantastic feature.” - Mau Power.
“Very informative.” - Dukebox,
All proceeds from this Kindle edition to go to Koori Radio, with accounts to be made public each year at www.realtalkthebook.com.
The author, Mat Ward, is a journalist who lives in Sydney.