THE AU REVIEW: Growing a hip hop empire in Adelaide with Playback 808 (DyspOra & Sose)


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RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY PRESENTS & THANK GUARD PRESENT ABRA (ATL's DARKWAVE DUCHESS) LIVE @SUGAR NIGHT CLUB AUGUST 31st + SPECIAL GUESTS PLAYBACK 808, MANU CROOK$, NVSTY MILITIA, LL COOL DRE, SPACEGIRL GEMMY, LAUREN ROSE & BBY ANGEL
 

TONEDEAF: BEST INDIE ACTS

DyspOra is totally committed to the craft and the business, and is one of the most professional and polite artists on the Adelaide scene right now. Known for his versatility and dynamic lyrical abilities, the sonic activist has rocked stages with the biggest names nationwide - TONEDEAF
 

 PBK808 LIVE ON FRESH 92.7 FM

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The Playback 808 Kingdom visited Fresh 92.7 FM for an interview with host caroline tucker ahead of their upcoming showcase at the Fat Controller Club. They also premiered a new PBK808 song during the show, revealing that it's still awaiting an official release date.
 

CLIPSAL 500

Playback 808 performed at the 2017 Clipsal 500 in Adelaide with Aussie hip-hop veterans Hilltop Hoods, Aaradhna, Seth Sentry, The Funkoars, Purpose, Vents, K21 and DC & Dragz. The PBK808 Artists left an impression on their largest audience so far
 

PRESSING PLAY

“We try to make sure that there’s a message in the music because you can have all the structure you want but if you’re talking about nothing then I don’t think it can relate to a lot of people” - J.R

MaJiik, Dela & Jordan Ruru had a conversation with Salt magazine
 

ADELAIDE ARSONIST

Alaak NeSs rhymes over a classic DJ Premier classic
"Houdini's magic when the bars are written, my shit bangs like a car collision"
 

RETURN OF THE DYSPORA

PURPLE SNEAKERS follows the return of the PBK808 general:

"DyspOra’s flow is sophisticated & urgent. While so many artists in Australia and around the world are producing hard auto tuned trap music, this is a welcomed change" 

 

DYSPORA'S REBELUTION

DyspOra has revealed the title & Artwork for his upcoming RebelutiOn project. Speaking on his 3rd release, he promises an unforgettable ground-breaking return from a self imposed exile for a glimpse of what's to come
 

TRAUMA

Playback 808's flagship visual artist explores the shifting balance between art, music and film culture. Pierre creates art that sheds a light on the world of the voiceless, oppressed and marginalised. The TRAUMA exhibit is available in the Adelaide CBD from April 1st - 30th.
 

TRANQUILITY

"Feel the sand in-between your toes Mamacita
You know I speak a little Spanish, Ella es muy bonita" - E L K


E L K flipped his so gone challenge into a full track. An ode to young love, the Cam'obi produced song will be getting a visual treatment. 

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"Let's get to it, Adelaide!" began DyspOra at the Tam O'Shanter Place laneway stage, immediately proving why he was chosen to kick off Music SA's Scouted live music showcase — a great initiative accompanying the AIR Awards and two-day conference Indie-Con - THE MUSIC


PBK808 LIVE @FATCONTROLLER

The Playback 808 KingdOm will be headlining their biggest show at the Fat Controller club on Friday July 21st. Presale Tix: MOSHTIX
 

THE REBELUTION

After a visit to East Africa which resulted in a 3-year creative hiatus, DyspOra finally unleashes The REBELUTION. The project follows a young sonic activist on a journey that twill either consume or uplift him to spark a social rebellion and catalyse a potential conscious revolution!
 

SONIC ACTIVIST (ABC NEWS)

"I want to be a catalyst for a conscious revolution so people really... start thinking and living different" - DyspOra

ABC NEWS recently sat down for an exclusive interview with the Playback 808 Kingdom
 

NASTY NESS

Produced by the dynamic Kid Ocean, Scrimmage is NeSs' 3rd single in as many months. Ever since it's Triple J premiere, the hard-hitting record has been taking the streets by storm:

"I'm getting stoned like whores in Sharia Law" - NeSs
 

BEST NEW OZ MUSIC

"My music is like tasting nutella for the first time" - E L K
The 17 year old bridges the generational gap between the 90's and 2017 with his smooth lyricism. Catch him performing LIVE on March 30th at SA Art gallery's Teen Takeover
 

TONEDEAF - CITY OF VERSES

TONEDEAF recently sat down for a chat with local Adelaide band BAD//DREEMS. The city of churches is well known for the creative talent it has nurtured. The digital publication cited NeSs, Eman & DyspOra (PBK808) as local favourites amongst some of the city's best musicians

 

NESS - CLIMAX

Alaak-NeSs teams up with The Prospxct to bring us 'Climax', an ode to the women that keep him inspired. A taste of what's to come, the theme is one of sexual lust and fantasies associated with the come up. 
 

DYSPORA - REAL FRIENDS

DyspOra is the voice of 21 year old Playback 808 founder Gabriel Akon.
The East African native sees music as the mechanism to facilitate today’s racial & social relations. DyspOra has just dropped a flip of Kanye West’s Real Friends, check it out & stay tuned
 

SHUTDOWN

The Playback 808 Krew shut down the Northern Sound System during their headlining sets for the inaugural Urban Culture show.
The spirited night managed to bring together the city's best Hip-hop acts to entertain eager fans from the northern suburbs of Adelaide

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YEWTH Magazine's Dave Court took some shots during the Playback 808 Kingdom's first CBD headline show @FatController Club with special guests NVSTY Militia, KTK the Rapper, BeeeZa, Vuyokazi, TREXON & Elsy. The event successfully showcased emerging local hip hop/R&b acts
 

TRIPLE J UNEARTHED - HIGH

"[My song] 'Tranquility' is for the young lovers. I like being poetic when I’m writing my songs so this is a song for the ladies." -  E L K
 

PLAY IT SAFE TOUR

Seth Sentry recently brought his 'Play it safe' tour to 3 venues across the Adelaide CBD. The Franskton based MC invited local rhymers DyspOra and CLAZ to join him on the mini tour. The 3 brought the energy to SOLD OUT crowds at Jive, Ed Castle and the Rocket bar!
 

PBK ART SHOW

E L K was the headlining act at the 2017 NEO Teen Take-over event during Youth Week. The 17 year old brought along special guests BeeZa, DyspOra & Jayco as hundreds of teens filled out the South Australian Art Gallery for a memorable night of Art
 

17 ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2017

DyspOra landed on the Artists to watch in 2017:
"The South Sudan-born rapper has been focused on the growth of hip hop culture in Australia, particularly this new wave we’ve been seeing come out of some of the more culturally diverse pockets of the country" - The AU
 

POTENTIAL

Lord Levi is showing 'Potential' on his biggest record yet. The C4 produced track has become the unofficial anthem of Melbourne city's South-Eastern suburbs.
 

FRESH 92.7 FM

DyspOra, Eman & JC (Producer) stopped by Fresh FM offices for an in-depth interview with the radio station.
The conversation touched on all things Playback 808, Clipsal 500, Music SA, NSS & the label's upcoming ventures. Check out the wavelengths podcast

 

PLAYBACK 808 SHOWCASE

The Playback 808 Kingdom brought the suburbs to life during their first concert of 2017 with a lineup of talented young rappers & singers. The stage was set for a memorable night at The Northern Sound System
 

RISE OF LORD LEVI

Levi is back on the grid by incredibly complementing this hypnotic production with effortless freestyle bars known as the Conversation:

"I Know they can't handle the truth" - LORD LEVI
 

OG BOBBY JOHNSON

The gifted wordsmith has developed a growing reputation as one of the nation's prime verbal architects.

AlaakNeSs has been in the lab working on his debut EP 'By Any Means NeSsesary' Peep the grimy visuals for O.G Bobby Johnson & 1Train

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E L K's 1st official single is now available on all digital platforms through Playback 808 Music. Produce by Cam Obi, Tranquility is now available for Download and streaming on Spotify, Apple music, Tidal & iTunes. Make sure to keep a lookout on E L K's upcoming debut EP - BUY

THUNDAMENTALS x PBK808

The Thundamentals invited E L K & DyspOra to the stage during the Adelaide show of their national 'EVERYONE WE KNOW' tour. E L K took the crowd through some of his best songs while DyspOra joined Tuka, Jeswon & Poncho backstage for their infamous fruit platter review!
 

TRADITION TOUR

Playback 808 put on a memorable performance at Fowlers during Emcee Kerser's recent sold out national tour. The Campbelltown, Sydney native brought out artists from the PBK808 Kingdom to join him on stage as they shut down the FOWLERS Live Venue in the ADL CBD! 
 

1 3 1 6 (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Directed by T Vision, ONE THREE ONE SIX finds E L K roaming the city streets and northern suburbs of Adelaide. In his first ever visual, the young Rhythm And Poetry Artist flexes his lyrical abilities & sends a serious statement to his creative peers.
 

YEWTH MAGAZINE INTERVIEW

The PBK808 Kingdom is curating the sound of the city & YEWTH mag is documenting it:
"The Dinka people have an oral tradition deeply intertwined with poetry, song & dance... in times joy we sing, in times of war we sing - in times of peace we sing even louder!" 
 

PLAYBACK 808 TERROR

Bringing war to your doorsteps:
"The first thing I thought when listening to “Terror” was – damn, MajiikDyspOra and Eman are straight soldiers. “Terror” drops you straight into a warzone – no fucking around, put down ya book and pick up that bullet-proof hoodie" - TG
 

PLAYBACK 808 SHOWCASE

Playback 808 announces their first showcase of 2017 with an eye-catching line up featuring some of the best MC's down under. Come and see the show to get a glimpse of what the Kingdom has in store for Clipsal 500 fans in the heart of the city
 

HOMECOMING

Majiik links up with J-Beats for Technique so to speak, a jazz and Rap infused production with an effortlessly hypnotic flow. Armed with mind-bending wordplay, Majiik officially announces his long awaited return from East Africa
 

DROWNING

Lord Levi features on Tobiah's latest single 'Drowning' alongside songstress Maya Hirasedo. The young producer, rapper & singer set the example of what can happen when some of Australia's best artists work together!
 

E-MAGINE BETTER DAYS

"Conversations about the words that we never said
...every night we Reminisce about the better days"
 - LYRICS

Eman enlists DyspOra as the PBK808 duo send a message to humanity: Learn from history, because the past is our only compass to the future.

 
 

"What I like about this guy is that he doesn't rap about drugs, violence and booty to excess - lyrical content that is very alluring to young rappers"  - THANK GUARD Magazine (READ FULL REVIEW)
 

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