“Name’s Brad. I enjoy rhyming words in intricate ways as a form of releasing my inner demons. Some people call me Strut, some people combine the two. Usually with the Brad bit first”. This is how Brad Strut describes himself for the people who don’t know him.
Similar to many of this countries finest, Strut started rapping in the early 90′s after being inspired by the likes of Too Short which he explained was “mainly for the pimping”. As time progressed, he would become an Australian hip hop icon and accomplished MC both nationally and abroad. In a career spanning two decades he has received praise for his solo work, his contribution to his group Lyrical Commission and his many collaborations.
Recently, Strut lived in London for a few years and although he didn’t move there to try and conquer the scene, rather to just experience another culture, his music was well received. Strut told how he made joints with some very talented artists and held his release party for ‘Fallout Shelter’ at Jazz Cafe which he described as “very cool”.
One stand out collaboration he did while there was with UK underground favourites, Children of the Damned. When asked if there were any future plans for another get together he replied “Probably not man. Always onto the next shit, don’t really hang around”.
While in foreign territory, Strut also scored a gig playing at Hip Hop Kemp, an international hip hop festival held every August in Czech Republic, playing host to an audience of some 20,000 people. He portrayed the experience as amazing and heavenly stating, “I highly recommend any fan of the culture to go at least once in their life”.
If anyone is interested in lending their ears to some hip hop from the UK, Strut recommends Skandal, Ramson Badbones and Sonny Jim.
Now back in Australia, Strut has once again been busy recording. He has been working on a soon to be released new K21/Brad Strut project called ‘Fade to Dust’. He is also due to appear on some tracks for his LC parter in crime, Trem’s solo joint. An album he describes as exactly what people hope it’s going to be and a whole lot more.
When it comes to MCing as an art Strut doesn’t feel it plays a role in society, as playing roles is for actors. Rather he sees it as MC’s generally reporting on society; it’s glory, gore and all that.
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