AUSTRALIAN underground HIP HOP artist and controversial film maker ‘xiahbu’ is back with something new..
“I’ve Always been a fan of Filipino rap. The language is so cool… its like machine gun fire when the Tagalog language cuts the track..”
“After living in the Philippines for half a year I learned that Filipinos are mega talented at music, and heavily influenced by American Rap… mainly TUPAC and BONE THUGS AND HARMONY..
The Tagalog dialect when rapped fast enough sounds similar to Bizzy Bone
the MKM ~ AN EXPERIMENT in ethnic diversity
– Here we have a collection of tracks produced by xiahbu.. recorded with rappers from different nationalities, including Filipino, New Zealander, Sudanese Australian, Turkish and Indonesian.
xiahbu – “One of my goals in life was to go the Philippines and give something back.. Not money but music.
I knew there was heaps of talent to be found and real gangstas with real stories to tell.. So i packed up and left Australia and headed to the Philippines to pursue my dream.
Tommy on the left features aswel as MC MYSTRO in the blue polo [in the photo we are barging into a trap house with a stiff front door] this was 2013.
“My cousin, an active BLOODS member in CEBU city, got me onto T-MACK, a fellow BLOOD and an MC with a huge following on the CEBU underground. ”
“So I met T-MACK at a night club and we clicked right away.. I brought him up to my HOTEL and we laid down a classic track right away”
[THIS VIDEO ABOVE I SHOT IN CEBU CITY, IN THE HEART OF COLON AND VRAMA]
XIAHBU SAYS “I wanted to do what RZA did with “The world according to RZA album” make a whole album with different MC’s from different ethnicities, mashed together over my own instrumentals”
The two MCS on the front cover are actually Brisbane based rappers GENG Z and KILIAS .
Geng Z is my brother from another mother . I met him in the ASIAN POOLHALL IN BRISBANE 2003.
“Back then in 2003.. we was some rascals.. Some brown kids in a white world .. Gengz knew everybody, he was linked up with FILIPINOS, VIETS, KAMBOS, CHINESE, FOBS, He was connected AND respected on the north and south, and always hadmy back since i moved to BRIZ.
“10 years later hed come around and visit, he watched me progress in the hip hop game.. always keen to jump on whatever beat i was working on 。”
GENG Z is currently incarcerared in a Brisbane City correctional facility .
Preview the.album below
Cop the mixtape here http://xiahbu.bandcamp.com/album/mkm