RELEASE OF THE WEEK: TONE YOUTH 'ROLLIN'
Words by Christopher Kevin Au
Earlier this year, the No Jumper team came to Australia as part of Hidden Festival; a timely appearance given local hip-hop’s more frequent moves into international markets. They hosted a pop-up show in Sydney with The Kid Laroi and Triple One, and later, we saw more love for the Redfern young gun on the influential YouTube channel. It’s nice to see that a few months after the visit, No Jumper are continuing to show more love for hip-hop from Australia, most recently by hosting a new video from Perth collective Tone Youth.
You might be familiar with some members of Tone Youth already: We premiered T$oko's single ‘Rudeboi’ earlier this year, while Jimmy Drones has been one of our favourite selectors from Western Australia for awhile now. Those two are joined by Robb James on their latest effort ‘Rollin’, where the crew pay homage to their home city of Perth, and they have plenty of be proud of on the hip-hop front: The country’s biggest block parties; a bustling army of artists as diverse as Shadow, Arno Faraji and Complete; and a vibe sorely missing in Sydney’s waning nightlife and live music scene.
Tone Youth capture some of that in ‘Rollin’, which follows them as they roam through their home city on a sun-soaked day, evoking a familiar and vibrant energy through glitchy performance footage and their charismatic flows. The beat (crafted by Crooklin, who has also worked with the likes of Jay Rock and Freddie Gibbs) is a sleepy, calming lullaby that allows the three emcees to shine brightly.
T$oko references artists from Wu-Tang to ASAP Mob on ‘Rollin’, which is fitting given that this track can appeal to both the fitted cap demographic and younger hip-hop fans alike. There’s enough actual rapping on here to please the purists, but it still feels refreshing and zesty. Now, excuse us while we listen to ‘Rollin’ below and also the Limp Bizkit anthem of the same name, because why not?