Fresh out this week has come Tasman Keith – one of our favourite emerging hip hop artists – with a brand new single in “My Pelopolees”; as a bit of a last minute Friday recommendation, turn this one up.
Having already made a mark within industry and perhaps more importantly, within the embraces of young and hungry hip hop crowds over the last year, Tasman Keith represents the strength in talent pushing the wave of Australian hip hop into new territory; standing alongside the likes of BIRDZ, Nooky and A.B Original as strongly as he stands in the same crop of talent that includes Sampa the Great, Remi and Omar Musa, this fusion of hard beats with distinct R&B and soul flavours makes for an engaging listen.
“My Pelopolees” itself comes from a particularly personal space, an ode to Tasman’s grandfather William Jarrett and uncle Mark Ballangarry (‘Uncle Spits’).
“Uncle Spits originally coined the term ‘Pelopolees’ long before the early 2000s,” Tasman has explained of the tem, meaning ‘people’. “[But] it wasn’t until then that my Grandfather pulled inspiration from the word and recorded a song, which told Uncle Spits’ story. Sadly, Uncle Spits passed away in 2016 and in 2017, I began to write my version of the song, now titling it “My Pelopolees”.”
Uncompromising and brashly confident in its approach and delivery, “My Pelopolees” is a spirited effort from Tasman, whose own voice is becoming more resonant and defined with each release. Check it out below!
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