'Dodo' Single Out April 16 through Big VIllage Records
Rapaport goes head to head with his inner saboteur over moody guitars and a pounding grime beat in new single ‘Dodo’.
No stranger to volant wordplay, turbo synths and a two-step shuffle, Rapaport delivers grime intensity with a twist of neurotic humour, juxtaposing a rap battle with his daily battles of stress, anxiety and self doubt.
For over 15 years Rapaport has been leaving his mark on Australian grime & hip hop. He is one of the early pioneers of Australian grime with grime releases and international supports dating back to 2010 and features in the Fully Gassed #2 grime cypher (600k views).
He is the co-founder & owner of Sydney record label ‘Big Village Records’ and creator of freestyle rap, live art game show ‘Sketch the Rhyme’.
‘Dodo’ is produced by Rapaport and features himself on guitar and synths with additional production from long-time collaborator fellow member of hip hop group ‘Loose Change’ P.Major.
The self-directed music video for ‘Dodo’ sets Rapaport in surreal job interview with his inner demons and is shot & edited by Adam Scarf.
Dodo is the title track from the forthcoming Dodo EP due out in June through Big Village Records. The Dodo EP will be Rapaport’s first release since second album Village Idiot, 2018.
Rapper, guitarist, producer (Joel) Rapaport articulates personal thought bubbles, survival mantras and opaque moments through a sound influenced by grime, art rap, jazz and soul. Dense lyrics, dry humour, electric guitars dripped in reverb and a slapping drum break are most of his favourite things.
For over 15 years Rapaport has been leaving his mark on Australian grime & hip hop. He has released two solo albums, Village Idiot (2018), Laughing On The Inside (2008), and two albums with hip hop group Loose Change, Self Titled (2010) and Listening Party (2013). He was nominated for Best Song at FBi Radio SMAC Awards in 2017 for ‘What I Got’ and was a Winner of the Triple J Unearthed NIDA competition for Loose Change’s ‘Grown Up’ Ft. Jeswon (Thundamentals) in 2013. In 2018 he was the main support for Butterfingers 13 date National Tour.
Rapaport is one of the early pioneers of Australian grime with releases and international supports dating back over a decade, One take Mixtape - 2010, Patterns EP – 2013, and features in the Fully Gassed #2 grime cypher (600k views).
As a freestyle MC he was featured in the ABC documentary “Aussie Battlers” (2006) and is the creator and director of freestyle rap, live art game show ‘Sketch the Rhyme’ which performed at Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Adelaide Fringe Fest, Woodford Folk Fest & Perth Festival amongst many others.
He is the co-founder & owner of record label ‘Big Village Records’ which launched the careers of Tuka (Thundamentals), True Vibenation, Ellesquire & Suburban Dark and had critically acclaimed releases from Mathas & Omar Musa.
Rapaport’s forthcoming Dodo EP signals a new phase in his career with half of the songs being self-produced and all songs featuring himself on guitar. He has made a choice to step back from signing new artists to Big Village, to focus on writing, producing and performing his own songs.
“A rapid-fire tongue and some great messages … country twang in the riff, two-step beats and rap? I don’t really believe my ears or eyes.”
- Scene Str
“Rapaport’s lyricism is kept tidy and smart, sticking to simple repeated phrases and plays on words... What I Got employs diverse instrumentation including sporadic guitars and vintage-style sampling in a way that brings to mind the musical and vocal stylings of RATBOY.”
“…the musicianship, dynamics, rhythms and sheer multi-tasking ability of the Rapaport duo was staggering…an intimate and fascinating set for music lovers and musicians alike. Rapaport and his astounding drummer Finn were unparalleled in their tightness.”
- The Haze Mag
“Rapaport of Big Village doth return with a grimey new single, FAM, … Rapaport nailing his signature flow and sharp-as-a-tack lyrics.”
- Pile Rats, April 2018
“Rapaport’s unassuming stature didn’t prepare the audience for the onslaught of fire and ferocity of his rhymes.”
“Damn, real tender and vulnerable stuff here from this Sydney mainstay.”
- Dave Ruby Howe, Triple, J Unearthed
“A+ storytelling on silken production.”
- Steph Hughes Triple J Unearthed