Two of my favorite Australian hip-hop artists, Remi and Sampa the Great, have joined forces for a cruisey, guitar-laden new track, "For Good."
The laid back production sets a chilled tone, perfect for the balmy early Fall weather that much of Australia is currently enjoying.
I really love the breezy instrumental, said to be inspired by the great J Dilla. The two artists inject their unique inflections atop the choppy guitars; a playful duet, both featuring vocal harmonies and echoed lyrics throughout the verses. Remi's deep voice has a richness that I've always loved, and Sampa's fine tone is the perfect complement, particularly during her understated guest verse.
Having supported some of the biggest names in the game including Danny Brown, Vic Mensa, Joey Bada$$ and De La Soul, it really is exciting to see hip-hop of this quality coming from a country who has long been ridiculed for its rap output. Rappers like Remi and Sampa are truly heralding in a new generation of impeccably produced, unique, complex hip-hop that could easily rival that coming from the US. And I'm pretty damn proud of that.