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Jase Connection

Beathedz Vol.01

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Unless you’re an established fan of Aussie hip-hop, the name Jase Connection may not ring a bell. He’s a member of Global Underground electro-beatmakers Nubreed, too, but he’s been producing on the (small) Aussie hip-hop scene for 12 years, now. Beathedz features a wide variety of A-hop who’s who, from Kau from Koolism to Muph & Pegz to Urthboy from the Herd. Jase provides a consistent sound, at least; lush and electro-tinged, reminiscent of NZ hip-hop heavyweight Scribe. Jase’s style is not so much unique as uniquely combinatory: from the Kanye-like sped-up soul sample of “All Out” to the drum-n-bass influenced “The Unborn Child’s Theme”. The female raps don’t work so well (reedy, thin voice), but when’s the last time you heard someone rhyming about Warnie’s famous leg break to take out Gatting in the cricket? “Sixteen” is the standout; Muph and Pegz are veterans, and it shows—they have more character in their voice, and more intelligence: “Stuck behind a laptop writing raps in caps lock / it’s not going to make your raps stand out”. In the end, though Beathedz may be a good, unifying force for some of the pre-eminent names on the Aussie hip-hop scene, I just wish their contribution had been more memorable: the producer, and the produced, are better than this compilation might indicate.

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Dan Raper has been writing about music for PopMatters since 2005. Prior to that he did the same thing for his college newspaper and for his school newspaper before that. Of course he also writes fiction, though his only published work is entitled "Gamma-secretase exists on the plasma membrane as an intact complex that accepts substrates and effects intramembrane cleavage". He is currently studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia.


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