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THUNDAMENTALS, Friday 2nd December 2011 @ The Globe, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

We arrived at The Globe just as the doors opened, and made our way to the bar for a few drinks before the show as the growing crowd trickled in. Most of the punters were eager to see the Thundamentals play the final show of their Foreverlution Tour, but with support acts of this quality, early-birds were rewarded with an aussie hip-hop treat of epic proportions.

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The night kicked off with the up-and-coming emcee and producer duo Mr. Hill and Rahjconkas, opening the show with confidence and encouraging the crowd to come closer to the stage. Indulging in comical banter with the audience in between songs, they got the crowd moving with their most well-known song “Warning Signs”, stepping up the pace with the beat-and-bass heavy “Find my Way”. Both tracks are due to be released next year on their album “The Feedback”. Towards the end of the set, they were joined onstage by beatbox extraordinaire Tommy Illfigga, in a move that proved popular with the hardcore hip-hop heads.

Next up was Ellesquire performing tracks off his debut album “Ready”. This emcee's cheeky onstage persona was put to good use during his set as an enthusiastic audience sang and laughed along to “On the Prowl”, and roared in the call and response of his Dungeon Dragon.

The crowd was already warmed up when Brisbane's hip-hop veterans, The Optimen hit the stage and set it alight with "Dust" from their new album The Out of Money Experience. The band broke up the beat and bass heavy set with a rendition of "Respecognize" accompanied by Brisbane soul-diva Kel, to the delight of the die-hard local fans. Although they experienced some technical difficulties towards the end of their set, the Optimen kept their onstage energy high until the very end – a fact not missed by the crowd. Although it was an unfortunate end to a killer set, the way they overcame this small glitch was a testament to the experience and calibre of this well known local crew.

Finally, headlining act, The Thundamentals stepped up to perform their set to an already exuberant crowd. The crowd had swelled to a considerable size by this stage, and was filling out the sloped floor of the Globe, and the Blue Mountains hip-hop three piece did not let their fans down, opening to a thundrous volley of applause with "Holla". As the band slammed through "Check

My Fresh" and "Thunda Cats" the swollen crowd was transformed into a dancing mass singing and throwing their hands into the air. From the back of the room, it was difficult to see the band for the sea of waving hands as The Thundamentals blew off the roof, and whipped the fans into a frenzy when they closed the Foreverlution Tour on “Paint the Town Red” which is currently enjoying high rotation on JJJ.

The Thundamentals rained down a slamming night of Aussie hip-hop on Brisbane punters, giving the River City a chance to experience some of the best that Aussie hip-hop has to offer.

 

Sarah Patrick and Danni L - AAA Backstage

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