Briggs | The Blacklist

Briggs is a Shepparton raised, Yorta Yorta man who has been doing this Hip Hop thing for a little while now. The Golden Era signed artist has a sound that is a mixture of his favourite rappers put together in a country boy head and spat out of his wisdom-tooth riddled, rural mouth.

While many rappers have elaborate MC names, Briggs had a far more humble approach, choosing his family name for the stage. This option was not from lack of creativeness; rather it was pride for his family and indigenous heritage. “Being koori is me; it’s not a hat I take on or off. I have my tribe tattooed on my arm, so every time I rock the mic people know I’m representing” Briggs explained.

Since emerging on the scene Briggs has opened for many great acts such as international Hip Hop superstars like Necro, Ghostface and KRS One. While having an impressive array of shows under his belt, his favourite was opening for Ice Cube. He stated, “he’s my favourite rapper. He was real down to earth too, which is cool.” However, Briggs admits nothing is better than touring with the GE Squad or his mate Drapht.

Those who have seen Briggs, know he is a larger than life character and many people draw similarities between him and Ice Cube. “I also get a lot of comparisons to Biggie, Big Pun and Fat Joe. Do you see a pattern forming? (laughs). I’m cool with it though, I admire all those rappers. I’ll be worried the day I’m being compared to Drake, fuck all that” Briggs told.

Recently Briggs hosted and contributed tracks to the annual Golden Era Mixtape.  One of the tracks included from him was #sheplife, which was a satirical look at the way Shepparton’s live.  Briggs had intended on writing the track for a while and when his mate @iambingz, who is also from Shep started getting involved the track basically wrote itself.

Following the release of 2012 Mixtape, the GE Squad were guests on the Triple J Hip Hop show to promote the album. “We’re in JJJ touching all the stuff, emptying the
coffee pot, jamming the photocopier, we do our raps and then we leave” he explained. The time spent in the studio is always a lot of fun and Briggs always feels thankful for Hau letting the crew be part of the show.

When he is not rapping, Briggs is just like any other person. Right now he is watching his girlfriend grow a baby, he plays video games, kicks it with his cousins, searches for Australia’s best parmigiana, watches movies and takes photos, hipstering them the fuck out on Instagram.

You can get Brigg’s album The Blacklist on iTunes now

 

 


 

Matthew Dunn is the technology editor at news.com.au. He has always had a passion for online storytelling and started his own urban culture website. He joined the Townsville Bulletin as digital editor before making the move back to the bright city lights. He is a social media addict and consumer of all things digital. portfolio website
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