I’ll put a good MC up against a classic poet anyday. Mantra has got to be one of the smartest writers in Australian hip-hop, leading the crusade against generic verses. “My inner demons are riddled with dichotomies, A Ripley’s Believe it Or Not ideology…” is not necessarily what you’d be expecting from many an MC. Have a look at this video – slick vision, slick song, all round goodness.
Mantra will be performing at the Going Down Swinging launch on September 1st, too, doing a brand-new eight-minute acapella piece that we commissioned him to write. Wait till you see the rhyme patterns this guy can put together. There’s another commission from Felix Nobis, too, who I still rate as the best performer I’ve seen.
Tickets are selling out soon, I’m told.
Special mention to this line too, Mantra: “About to lose my brain to migraines as my faint interest wanes and migrates…”