Political music: 11 new albums you need to hear

Here's this month's radical record round-up, with an emphasis on Indigenous resistance. What album, or albums, would you suggest? Comment below, on Twitter or Facebook.


Rapper Felon makes arresting hip-hop

Only Built For Koori Linx
Featuring Felon and 18 other Indigenous emcees
Mastered by Felon
Coming soon

The mainstream media are swarming all over the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy and Felon Mason is stripped to the waist.

52 left-leaning albums from 2014

This year seemed to have more than the usual quota of politically potent albums. Here, in no particular order, are 52 from 2014 - one for every week of the year. What album, or albums, would you suggest? Comment below, on Twitter or Facebook.

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Rapper Briggs takes his homeland to the nation

Golden Era Records
Released August 2014
Now touring

Briggs is 598 kilometres from his hometown of Shepparton - and he's missing his bed.

"When I'm at home I don't have people ringing me up telling me I've got to get out of the house," says the rapper, sitting on his hotel room's balcony in Sydney.

Renegades of Munk put the fun into funk

Renegades Of Munk
Renegades Of Munk
Released September 2014
Impossible Odds Records

Mark Munk Ross says he has learnt to make his music more appealing by injecting a big dose of humour into his hard-hitting songs.

"I try to make them humorous, which then makes it accessible to fans that might not be that political," says the man better known as Munkimuk, the "Grandfather of Indigenous hip-hop".

"But they are still digesting it, whether they know it or not," he says. "Smart game plan I think."

18 questions for radical rapper Intikana

Native Eyez
Released August 2014
Stampede Fireflies

Bronx-based rapper, producer, film-maker and youth worker Intikana hits out at indigenous injustice, cultural colonisation and international imperialism, among many other topics. Green Left Weekly's Mat Ward put 18 questions to him. His absorbing answers are below.

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1. You rap that "When people ask me where I'm from, I say my mama." Want to tell us more about your roots?

Joelistics makes Australian hip-hop more realistic

Blue Volume
Released June 20, 2014
Elefant Traks

The flawless music on Joelistics' second solo album is more than matched by the depth of his lyrics - an unflinching look at Australian reality. Green Left Weekly's Mat Ward went through the words with the rapper, who brings some much-needed grit to Australian hip-hop.


On "Say I'm Good" you rap:

I'm an oddball, on the wrong team
All my friends are out of step with the mainstream
And the nightmare is in full swing

MC Dukebox hits out at racism

Big Kitty Life
MC Dukebox
Released December 2013
Impossible Odds Records

MC Dukebox says he named his debut album "Big Kitty Life" because he was sick of seeing government funds misspent.

"It's referring to a big kitty of funding that everyone's lining up for with a different excuse for why they deserve the money and how they're going to benefit their surrounding communities," says the Indigenous rapper, who hails from Inverell in north-west NSW.

Marcel Cartier gets his rap lines from the frontline

Revolutionary Minded 4
Marcel Cartier
Released July 26, 2014

US rapper Marcel Cartier's lines usually ring out with the clarity of a clarion call - and the messages on his latest album are as loud and clear as ever. As he tells Green Left Weekly's Mat Ward, much of the material comes from first-hand experience with struggles around the world.

Musicians band together to release CD for refugees

Reclaim Your Voice
Various artists
Released June 2014
Blue Mountain Sound

Andy Busuttil of Blue Mountain Sound released the following statement on June 28.


We would like to think of our Australia as a nation with a big heart. A nation that stands for the dispossessed and does its damndest to help those in need, especially those attempting to flee tyranny.

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