INTERVIEW: MITCHOS DA MENACE UNITES AUSTRALIAN GRIME & RAP ROYALTY FOR THE APOCALYPSE TOUR
Words by Christopher Kevin Au // Get tickets to The Apocalypse Tour here
The Apocalypse Tour is almost upon us, but this time around, there’ll be a few more than Four Horsemen. The brainchild of West Sydney staple Mitchos Da Menace, The Apocalypse Tour is uniting an arsenal of the country’s most pivotal crews in grime and underground hip-hop, performing together at select dates around the country in June and July. The full line-up here should tell you that this tour will be filled with high-BPMs and abrasive bars, delivered direct to your earholes.
There’s the ever-influential Smash Brothers, and the infamous LGEEZ. Perth’s noisy OD Clan will be in tow, as will Sydney’s Menace Gang, and POSSESHOT, who dropped their self-titled album last year. In their respective fields, these crews have been hugely responsible for the underground’s current ascension, and together, they’ll be tackling The Apocalypse Tour.
While bringing artists from around Australia is no easy feat, the tour was organised in just under a month. “I just wanted a group of brothers that all respect the scene and each other, they've been a big part in why we all do this,” Menace says. “I'd love the whole scene to be able to be on the the bill, but that’s impossible in this day and age.”
Menace makes it clear that The Apocalypse Tour is a family affair, he describes everyone on the bill as someone who has “seen my highs and lows and helped me in some stages in my life, as I have helped them.” And he isn’t short of words when praising the artists on board. He describes Alex Jones and Sunnah as "a huge part of my artistry" and thanks Fraksha “for my direction to grime.” He says that "Diem and Scotty are so fucking talented, it’s not funny" and that “when I hear Melbourne, I picture POSSESHOT for sure."
Menace calls Shadow an artist “with something that Australia needs” and likewise with fellow OD Clan member Jasper The Ghost, and Raj is a “young gun who is going to be one of the greatest.” Emcee Saz has been “dope since HustleHard TV” and finally, “Base, a Queensland emcee with bars, and they’re all my brothers now.”
While The Apocalypse Tour might be a few nights of rambunctious fun, there is a higher purpose to all of this, as Menace hopes to unite the underground and further solidify the huge numbers they’ve put on YouTube. “I wish the scene wasn’t so one-visioned to their own type, or half the young lads would be up on the level that most of the greats and signed artists are,” he says.
”The Sonys and Warners see that we are a big factor in hip-hop and why the scene is what it is... The kids these days got us tattooed on them,” he continues. “Look at what Kerser has done, he's a self-made king, enough said. Labels, open the door. We ain’t wanna kick them in, we just wanna let our people in also."
With the Apocalypse tour kicking off in just a few weeks, we’re predicting an intense and sweat-drenched night, and given the intertwined catalogues of all of the artists involved, there’s a high chance that some collaborative classics are going to be churned out. And as Menace himself says; “We’re all are at the top of our game. You know our music? You’re going to feel it.”