THE AU REVIEW: Gabriel Akon on his journey to DyspOra & growing a hip hop empire in Adelaide with Playback 808 (Words by Sose)
DyspOra and Playback 808 have been added to this year's MASSIVE Groovin The Moo Festival lineup. The Playback 808 KINGDOM joins an incredible lineup of local and international Artists
Alex Lahey • Aminé (USA) • The Amity Affliction • Baker Boy • Ball Park Music • Claptone (GER) • Confidence Man • Cosmo's Midnight • Dean Lewis • Duke Dumont (UK) • Flight Facilities • Grinspoon • Lady Leshurr (UK) • Mallrat • Ocean Alley • Paul Kelly • Portugal. The Man(USA) • PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING (UK) • Royal Blood (UK) • Sampa The Great • Skegss • KYLE (USA) • Tkay Maidza • Vera Blue • Winston Surfshirt
Dyspora doubles as a sonic activist and sociopolitical advocate who speaks of real issues concerning culture, youth, music and politics. He is a voice to be reckoned with: A strength in talent, presence, community and career trajectory. We can all learn something from Dyspora as he seeks and speaks of truth, justice and success for all those he chooses to associate with: Mostly millennials with the ability to effect change for the future of humanity, society, culture, and the music scene of South Australia, and Australia.
Unequivocally “one to watch”: DyspOra
Nelson Dialect performed at his last adelaide show before departing for New York City. The Adelaide Rapper & Poet enlisted Playback 808's DyspOra and Elsy for his farewell show alongside a roster of local favourites CLAZ, Social Change, JointVentures and Lobe & Melo.
Young R&B soul singer, Elsy Wameyo hails from Adelaide, South Australia. And in the spirit of International Women’s Day, we profiled the only female member of Playback 808. Elsy recently released single ‘Intuition’, & is carving a path as an emerging artist to watch... INTERVIEW
The playback 808 general has beennominated for 2 trophies at the 2017 south Australian Music Awards including: BEST NEW ARTIST, BEST MALE ARTIST & BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST. The PBK808 General will also be performing at the show with ELSY & Prospeks
The PLAYBACK808 - GREMLNS headline show at the THANK GUARD club Launch in Meblourne. The young Emcees sparked incredible energy into the Sold Out crowd at the Toff In town!
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
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
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.
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
“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
Alaak NeSs rhymes over a classic DJ Premier classic
"Houdini's magic when the bars are written, my shit bangs like a car collision"
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 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
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.
"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.
Playback 808 & NVSTY Militia kept the crowd entertained at Sugar nightclub after headliners ABRA and MANU CROOK$ cancelled on the Adelaide show last minute. It didn't take long for the audience to gravitate to the local rappers from the city of verses
AJAK enlists Nezzy NeSs for My Team, their first collaboration since 2012's Never Lie. The song serves as an anthem for Playback 808 movement and was recently debuted on community radio.
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!
"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
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
"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 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
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 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
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
EMAN PREPARES NEW VISUALS
EMAN Links up with Leighton Bond Visuals to bring his latest song to life with a video set in the Northern Suburbs and cities of Adelaide.
The Majok beats produced single is a long awaited follow up to his recent AK-Beats assisted release 'Suspect'
PBK808 will be headlining their first ever interstate show as part of THANK GUARD CLUB launch at the Toff in Town!
The talent stacked Lineup includes the Gremlns, Lil Bo Weep, Ojikae, ZZ KING and Melbourne based Swell.
YEWTH'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 showcased emerging local acts
Seth Sentry 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 fans across Adelaide
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
DyspOra joined Nelson Dialect as a feature poet at Mama Jambo for the latter's recent book launch. The event was organised by the Draw your swords local poetry community & DyspOra dedicated his performance to the victims of the ongoing slave trade across Libya
E L K was the featured artist for Our Place Volume 06 and the young MC brought along ELSY & DyspOra as special guests.
The Playback 808 and Sin city crews kept the party going late into sunday morning alongside Glenelg beach!
E L K has been in the studio working on a follow up to his 'LUV Tapes' EP and its leading single 'TRANQUILITY'
The 17 year old wordsmith has been collaborating with a number of local musicians!
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
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!
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
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.
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!"
Bringing war to your doorsteps:
"The first thing I thought when listening to “Terror” was – damn, Majiik, DyspOra 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 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
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
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!
"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.