WHEN the Twenty8Hundy squad takes the stage for its show in Orange on August 30, they intend on showing their home town exactly what Australian rap music is about.
Zeb Swain, Kane Rodger, Rick Evans and Luke Hayes - or Docta, Crooked Kane, Bzerk and Lenni respectively - have been working over time in preparation for the gig at the Hotel Orange.
“Last show we did at the Oxo (last year) we were still getting our stuff together,” Crooked Kane said.
“This is a whole new set and we’re going to get the whole crowd involved. It’s a 13-track set and we’re going to ad lib stuff as well.
“We didn’t expect to fill the Oxo but we did, so we’re hoping to fill the HO as well.”
Since their last show Twenty8Hundy has been rolling out tracks almost non-stop including collaborative effort Summer Time, which has featured on Triple J.
They also opened for Brisbane-based hip-hop phenom Prophet Rayza at his album launch two months ago and featured heavily in the underground battle scene in Brisbane, Canberra and the Gold Coast.
“I couldn’t put a word on our style, we’re just different to anything I’ve heard, which I why I love what we do,” Docta explained.
“If you respect music, and hip-hop, come. I guarantee you’ve never seen a show out here like what we’re going to put on.”
Crooked Kane said he could wax lyrical about why his group was different, but would prefer to show people.
“We aren’t gangsters and we don’t pretend to be. We’re representing ourselves and who we are,” he offered.
“We all have our own inspirations and our own sound. For example, my first cd was Run DMC’s Raising Hell, and I just loved it from then on.”
“We all got into it with music that reflects where hip-hop really comes from, not the new stuff everyone hears that is rubbish,” Docta added.
“We steer clear of negative sort of stuff and focus on what we can relate to, and what others in our communities can relate to,” Crooked Kane said.
“The well-known Aussie hip-hop artists, we’re the exact opposite, and we want people to see that in our home town.”
Twenty8Hundy’s show on August 30 starts at 9pm and coincides with the launch of Bzerk’s album ‘Bipolar’ and features Brisbane’s DJ Droes.