HEAPS DECENT X SUBTYPE – T.Era Cypher

When we’re bombarded with rap from successful artists like Kanye’s latest ‘TLOP’ and A$AP Rocky’s recent Australian tour, its easy to forget the roots – their roots. Recent audio has surfaced of Kanye dropping bars at what seems to be a family gathering wrapping up his set with “I’m def and I’m fresh and I’m on the rec/ Nothin’ less could come from West!”. It appears that talent comes at a young age so when we were approached by the good people of Heaps Decent about supporting a rap cypher of young artists, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to do our part for the community.

Heaps Decent is a non-profit organisation that works with under privileged children and young adults through the primary medium of music.

“Heaps Decent is an Australian based dynamic arts organisation working with young people & emerging artists from marginalised disadvantaged communities, providing a means by which they can tell their story in their own way. Heaps Decent supports change, positive futures & the development of high quality Australian music with a unique identity”

Heaps Decent have a weekly program called Home Base that teaches kids to make beats, write songs and more in their Redfern studio space. Through this program a group from Sydney’s south-west was formed going by the name T.Era. Members include Ra$$el Cool, Ravin, Young Hush, Tommy Gunnz & Kurtis T. SUBTYPE got involved by providing these kids with a new pair of sneakers and some apparel – see it as a reward for their dedication to the art form of rap and lyricism. Heaps Decent held a tight cypher with Adam Bozzetto on the decks that they filmed and put together into a video. We were lucky enough to swing by to shoot them while they spat fire at Goodspace in Chippendale, we even got a little time with them for an interview so we can all see inside the minds of young rappers potentially before they become the next Kanye.

 

TOMMYGUNSZ

Tommy

1. What is your artist name?
Tommy Gunnsz.
2. How old are you?
22.
3. How long have you been rapping?
4 years.
4. How would you describe your style of rapping?
Comical & Real.
5. Who are your inspirations & role models?
Ludacris & tech 9.
6. How does rap affect the way you dress?
Majority of my clothing is baggy.
7. What is your favourite sneaker brand?
Adidas.
8. What is your ultimate pair of kicks?
Adidas C10 red & black.
9. How has Heaps Decent helped your journey in becoming a rapper?
I started out as a singer and over the years they’ve helped me widen my vocal range, they have supported me and encouraged me to become more confident as a singer and a rapper.

 

RAVIN

Ravindra

1. What is your artist name?
Ravin.
2. How old are you?
20.
3. How long have you been rapping?
8 years.
4. How would you describe your style of rapping?
Strong , Realistic , Truthful and vulnerable at times but honest.
5. Who are your inspirations & role models?
It changes a lot , at the moment I’m listening to Electronic R’n’b and just rappers from New Zealand like David Dallas and Lukan Rai$ey.
6. How does rap affect the way you dress?
It doesn’t really , I still dress the way I feel my personality fits me.
7. What is your favourite sneaker brand?
Definitely Adidas but I like Vans as well.
8. What is your ultimate pair of kicks?
My favourite pair of shoes are my plain Black and white Vans.
9. How has Heaps Decent helped your journey in becoming a rapper?
They’ve helped me in tremendous ways, I’ve been able to present my expressions through music in a very comfortable and motivating environment. I’ve been able to release a work through that I’m most proud of, my EP Soulfood.

 

RA'$$SEL-COOL

Izaiah

1. What is your artist name?
Ra’$$el Cool
2. How old are you?
21
3. How long have you been rapping?
6 years since 2010
4. How would you describe your style of rapping?
Unpredictable
5. Who are your inspirations & role models?
My Father (R.I.P) and my Mother, also my Son Izaiah
6. How does rap affect the way you dress?
My whole life my clothing style has been inspired by hip hop trends, but since my teen years I’ve had that west Coast California influence
7. What is your favourite sneaker brand?
Don’t really have a sneaker fetish..let’s go with the generics..Let’s say Nike haha
8. What is your ultimate pair of kicks?
Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars with the tear on the inside of my sole haha
9. How has Heaps Decent helped your journey in becoming a rapper?
Helped me build my confidence and gave me the urge to further my music capabilities, music is a harsh career in AUS/NZ, but I believe heaps decent could help me pave a living out of dropping them charizard fire ball bars on my listeners! Lol

 

KURTIS-T

Kurtis

1. What is your artist name?
Kurtis T.
2. How old are you?
21.
3. How long have you been rapping?
5-6 Years.
4. How would you describe your style of rapping?
Freestyle, socially aware, poetic, spontaneous, honest.
5. Who are your inspirations & role models?
Nas, Big L, J. Cole.
6. How does rap affect the way you dress?
It doesn’t really i dress what i’m comfortable in which is mainly a 90s hip-hop style.
7. What is your favourite sneaker brand?
Favourite sneaker would definitely be Chuck Taylors and Nike
8. What is your ultimate pair of kicks?
Ultimate pair of kicks who have to be a cross between Air Jordans and Chucks.
9. How has Heaps Decent helped your journey in becoming a rapper?
Heaps Decent have helped a lot by building my confidence in performing and in the booth but also help me understand that to make music you’re passionate about you don’t always have to swear. If you’re that passionate about something and you claim to be a lyricist there are so many ways to get your point across without swearing.

 

HUSH

Eli

1. What is your artist name?
Hush.
2. How old are you?
23.
3. How long have you been rapping?
Since 2011.
4. How would you describe your style of rapping?
Naughty by Nature style
5. Who are your inspirations & role models?
Naughty by Nature, Bone Thugs, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, 2pac, Biggie.
6. How does rap affect the way you dress?
Well i change my style nearly every week.
7. What is your favourite sneaker brand?
Nike and adidas
8. What is your ultimate pair of kicks?
Air Jordan 5 Independence Day
9. How has Heaps Decent helped your journey in becoming a rapper?
They made more confident as an artist and as a person. Without Heaps Decent, I think I would be a different person for the worst.

 

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