RELEASE OF THE WEEK: FRAKSHA 'CREPES 2' FT. HAZRD & HOSPER
Words by Christopher Kevin Au
For the latest 'Release of the Week', it feels all too fitting that I'm writing this from the UK, freezing my ass off in brisk temperatures that still warrant a Nike ACG jacket. Since beginning his grime journey in South-East London, Fraksha has spent over a decade bringing those guttural sounds to Australia; through his own abrasive releases but also cyphers, clashes and landmark events like Fully Gassed. His latest endeavour sees him team up with Hazrd and Hosper for 'Crepes 2', a sequel to his eight-year-old homage to sneakers recorded alongside his Smash Brothers colleague, Diem.
And as grime explodes globally, there may be no more fitting time for a track like 'Crepes 2', with more sneaker and sportswear brands realising the power of these once niche subcultures. Skepta has an ongoing relationship with Nike, Stormzy with the Three Stripes, and Dizzee Rascal's tongue-in-cheek pair of Air Max 90s will set you back a paycheck or two. Over a bouncy instrumental from DJ Alaska, Fraksha references his love of 3M and also cheekily laments the changing sneaker subculture; "And now u got guys in TNs/Who would have run a mile from guys in TNs."
West Sydney's Hazrd is next up to the plate, referencing grime-friendly bubbled models like the Air Max Plus and 97, before moving on to ball shoes like the Jordan XI and Air Force 1, as well as a riveting 'Eshay!' ad-lib. Hosper, who also resides next to Fraksha on the Broken Tooth Entertainment roster, undertakes a more surprising route by rhyming about Sergio Tacchini and Saucony, as well as Timberland boat shoes for those fancy occasions. The song arrives with "Australia's first multi-million dollar music video," which consists of a slideshow of sneaker images taken from Google images. The DIY nature is all too fitting for a track like 'Crepes 2', a more light-hearted anthem for people who don't know why they have shoeboxes stacked to the ceiling when humans are only born with two feet. Watch here.