Local MC Tom Kwan and producer Stay Nice together make Soul Language, a north-side hip hop duo who are releasing their first 7 song EP "Whadup Life?" on April 8th.
They have been around since "the beginning of time", according to Tom. I met with the two to talk about their EP at the state library, where I found them trying to sneak me into an exhibition they wanted to show me. We were surrounded by paintings of early impressions of the Australian outback - unique and rugged. It was a trip of juxtaposition, being surrounded by early visual interpretations of when Australia was first settled, while discussing modern Australian Hip Hop.
Tom Kwan: Ooooh, aaaaw yeah I don't know. I would say, overall, writing. They're inseparable in some ways.
Stay Nice: Oh thanks. I started in 2003 and I've always loved A Tribe Called Quest. I can't think of many others right now. It changes every year. Right now I am listening to a lot of Anderson Park it's soulful hip hop with a lot of singing.
Tom Kwan: The inferno that is the machine that we have lost control of now. we created this thing.
Tom Kwan: It's a vehicle, its gotten out of control. It's not good or bad. You're plugged in or you're not.
Soul Language: Oh, true?! You think?
Soul Language: Oh well it could be, yeah. A lot of them could be singles.
Soul Language: It would make a good clip, aye. Melbourne has the best graf culture in Ausstralia.
Tom Kwan: I really like that one, could be potential single also.
Tom: Oh, word.
Tom Kwan: When I’m not a rapper I’m a physiotherapist, so I have done a lot of rehab stuff.
[All giggle like school children]
Tom: Oh, NO NO.
Tom: No, I was hella tuning this chick, talking to her and then,... yeh. I would've married her.
Tom: Nah, but this bird came 'n fucked up my flow!
[All laugh like histerical school children]
Stay Nice: Haaaa, I bet it's the same bird flying around shitting on everyone's game.
[All laugh, then we go eat burritos and tacos and drink green lime fizzy.]
"Whadup Life?" will be available digitally at their Bandcamp, on Soundcloud and in store at North Side Records.
For more info on the artists and for social media links check the Soul Language artist profile.