Headlining NaranaFest are two of Australia’s most critically acclaimed Hip Hop Artists who have unveiled a powerful new project. A.B. Original, a collaboration between NIMA winning rapper Briggs and multi Aria Award winning producer Trials (Seth Sentry, Funkoars, Illy, Hilltop Hoods).
Their much anticipated, politically charged new album ‘Reclaim Australia’ is due to drop later this year, with high rotation Triple J tracks - ‘2 Black 2 Strong’ and ‘January 26’ (Feat. Dan Sultan) already receiving high praise.
Together as A.B. Original, the rap power couple have locked in their first run of live shows and recorded a full-length album, due later this year via Hilltop Hoods' label Golden Era Records and Briggs' own Bad Apples Music.
Early previews of A.B. Original's album ‘Reclaim Australia’, the first is '2 Black 2 Strong', which was premiered on triple j (and needs a BIG language warning if you're easily offended) was met with a huge response. The seeds for A.B. Original were planted last year at triple j's Beat The Drum 40th anniversary concert, where the two artists joined forces for a special collaborative set (including their powerful Gurrumul link-up 'The Hunt').
After that, A.B. Original began penning songs in the spirit of classic American West Coast hip hop crew N.W.A. and Ice Cube spin-off Westside Connection: outspoken, uncompromising rhymes with trunk rattling production delivering socially conscious messages.
Just as that '90s rap spoke to the issues of its L.A. environment, Briggs and Trials - hailing respectively from the Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri tribes - give voice to the issues they face as Indigenous artists in modern day Australia.
They had a lot to say, and pumped out a whole album's worth of original material. They're not alone either. The record's got a few feature spots, including Sietta vocalist Caiti Baker (on 'Dead In A Minute') and triple j hip hop expert/House of Beige MC Hau (on 'Firing Squad') and Dan Sultan (on ‘January 26’)
On the touring front, A.B. Original joined The Hilltop Hoods on their huge national Restrung Tour in June & with their album ‘Reclaim Australia’ ready to drop any day now.