VIDEO PREMIERE: MAUNDZ TEAMS UP WITH MITCHOS DA MENACE FOR 'PATCHWORK'
Words by Christopher Kevin Au
Melbourne rapper Maundz has long been an eyebrow-raiser in the local rap scene, earning widespread respect in both underground circles and more mainstream avenues. Now, the Golden Era emcee is gearing up for the release of his fourth album True North in September, and last month he revealed its debut single ‘Red Velvet’ featuring the ever-soulful Remi. Today, Maundz has seemingly shot in the opposite direction for the sophomore single ‘Patchwork’, which recruits the abrasive West Sydney emcee Mitchos Da Menace for a guest verse.
Anyone familiar with the underground hip-hop/grime scene will have Menace in their playlists; he’s collaborated with everyone from Fraksha to Fortay, while he’s just finished bringing The Apocalypse Tour around the country alongside Posseshot, LGEEZ and many more. Here, Maundz and Menace team up for a hard-hitting interstate collaboration, and refreshingly enough, an understated hook means that the verses steal the show on ‘Patchwork’. Both rappers step in for a lengthy innings over murderous beat from Insideus, with the video matching the song’s gritty aesthetic with footage in warehouses and abandoned buildings.
“Me and Mitchos dropped jewels on this Insideus produced monster. From Melbourne to Sydney, we had to flex our stripes. No more, no less,” Maundz says of the track. If the first two singles are anything to go by, it sounds like True North is going to be a diverse album, and another lively chapter in Maundz’ lengthy legacy.
Watch ‘Patchwork’ first, below: