Interview // Scythe Gang 666

We live in a time when pigeonholing artists into a singular genre is increasingly meaningless. From emo rap, to lofi chillwave pop, to neo nu metalcore, the global interconnectivity of the internet has allowed artists to experiment and create new styles in a way that we have never seen before. Out of the nexus ofContinue reading “Interview // Scythe Gang 666”

“Who Will Survive in America?” // A Jazz Prophet’s Story

Gil Scott-Heron may not be a familiar name to many, but you can feel the impact of his poetry and music from the work of Kanye West to the protest cries of Black Lives Matter. If you see  yourself as a citizen of conscience, he is an artist you need to know. Born in ChicagoContinue reading ““Who Will Survive in America?” // A Jazz Prophet’s Story”

Lyrical Breakdown: “I Can’t Breathe” // How a Man’s Last Words Became A Rallying Cry

“I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry not just in the streets, but also in politically oriented lyrics c. 2015. Five years later, these songs and lyrics are still relevant as ever.

KSI // From Internet Fame to Rap Star

Knowledge. Strength. Internet fame*. These are the three defining characteristics of gaming/vlogging/amateur boxing star Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji (aka KSI). After more than ten years in the digital entertainment business, and a string of hot singles, his debut album Dissimulation is due out next week, and it’s touted to be one of the biggest releases ofContinue reading “KSI // From Internet Fame to Rap Star”

“Would you be my little quarantine?” // How artists are reacting to COVID-19

Which artists are singing or rapping about coronavirus? Are artists expressing their loneliness and isolation in relatable ways? Is anyone singing about Tiger King?

Interview // Dobby & The Rise of Aboriginal Hip-Hop

Dobby, real name Rhyan Clapham, is an up-and-coming MC hailing from rural NSW. He has an infectious presence and represents a new wave of homegrown hip-hop carving out a unique voice and perspective for First Nations People in an increasingly globalised music sphere. His mission is to spread messages of positivity and empowerment not onlyContinue reading “Interview // Dobby & The Rise of Aboriginal Hip-Hop”

Interview // 4ESydney & Vyvienne Abla

In the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, life as know it has grinded to a halt. While the economy tanks, businesses close and medical services fear overloading, the arts community has also been left by the wayside. This year was meant to be a milestone instalment for Western Sydney’s premier HipHop and culture eventContinue reading “Interview // 4ESydney & Vyvienne Abla”

F*ck It Mask On // A Visual History of the Face Mask

In today’s apocalyptic climate, one piece of fashion/protective equipment has shot to the forefront of public consciousness – the humble face mask. As a way of concealing identity or for personal protection, the face mask is an obvious solution. As a part of streetwear fashion however, there is a story to tell. From its originsContinue reading “F*ck It Mask On // A Visual History of the Face Mask”

4ESydney Festival: The Home of HipHop

Here at deadset, our mission is to dig deeper into the issues and ideas that underly seemingly disposable pop culture. Right now, rap/hip-hop is having a moment globally and locally and 4ESydney is a movement out of Western Sydney that embraces all these aspects. The festival focuses on multi-art disciplines, music and local culture throughContinue reading “4ESydney Festival: The Home of HipHop”