Sampa The Great, Remi, and Baro are perhaps the three best, most promising young rappers in the Australian hip hop community.
They also happen to be some of the most internationally accessible, technically proficient artists in the genre, whilst breaking the mould of Aussie hip hop and throwing it asunder in favour of something fresh and exciting. Last weekend at The Corner Hotel , the trio came together for an amazing night in celebration of Sampa The Great receiving the inaugural Corner Award.
After a DJ set from Baro, Remi took to the stage. His latest record Divas & Demons is a stunning triumph which solidifies him as one of the best on the scene. His tracks are often introspective and hauntingly poetic with somewhat dark and pessimistic undertones, but his passionate energy and the infectious pop melodies suit them perfectly to a live atmosphere. Accompanied by Sensible Jay on drums, Remi‘s set was constantly upbeat, and he had a fair share of the audience enthralled throughout. The highlight and most crowd grabbing moment of the set occurred when he brought out the star of the evening, Sampa The Great on stage to perform ‘For Good’. In the past, I’ve seen Remi performing in smaller, more intimate venues, but his commanding of the stage at a venue the size of Corner proved his ability to play to larger crowds and ensnare them.
When Sampa The Great took to the stage, the energy throughout the room was electric. With a seven-piece band in tow she immediately captured the audience with her sheer charisma and clear passion for her craft. Absolutely empowering, utterly inspirational, and quaint in stature with a cape draped around her neck, Sampa brings the her to hero. She draws such enthusiasm from her fans, creating ripples of excitement throughout the room as she played a set resting heavily on the new record HERoes.
Those willing to stand and be themselves entirely are the true heroes of society – and Sampa absolutely embodies this. “Do you have your crowns with you? It’s not an actual crown you’re wearing on your head through, you’re all royalty,” she says during the show to huge applause. Everyone felt like the hero. The four-part harmonies between Sampa and her backing vocalists are nothing short of spine tingling. She comes across as so genuine in a live setting, her glee and gratitude to her fans very apparent when she speaks – “you don’t understand – I appreciate you guys so much…” Though similar words are spoken by many performers, something about the way she says it makes you believe she truly means it. The slinky guitars, bouncing rhythm and punchy bass encourage so much movement, as the entire room rises and falls to the flawless rhythmic ebb and flow of the performance.