The year was 1987 and US president Ronald Reagen challenged Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Michael Jackson released his hit album 'Bad', The Simpson's cartoon first appeared as a series full of Shorts. Tinker Hartfiel designed the Nike Air Max and in the sleepy town of Brisbane a local hip hop legend was being born.
The legend would go onto be known as Lazy Grey. He explained "I started emceeing in 87, when I found out I was shit at doing graff, everyone I knew painted. I used to make demo's on a 4 track with wak drum machines and a 30 dollar Tandy mic".
Since those early days, the Brissy born and bred MC has built a name for himself. He is known as an established MC and producer, one ninth of the Seven Fifty Rebels, one half of Brothers Stoney, and solo artist and partner in Karsniogenics Records with DJ DCE.
As a local hero, Lazy has seen the local scene evolve. He explained, "First shows we did there was about 20 dudes in the house, very few eemcee'd and even fewer made beats. Now, anybody raps. Dudes actually buy Australian rap. Never thought I'd see the day. It’d be like 300 hundred heads come out to support an underground artist on a good night, and if you’ve got a bit of radio love … times that by five".
This love and support for Australian hip hop has made it possible for Brisbane to host one the biggest hip hop line-ups ever, the SPRUNG hip hop festival 2011.
Lazy Grey will be taking part of the festival, which takes place at the Brisbane Riverstage and is a 12 hour, all age’s extravaganza, show casing both industry heavy hitters and local talent. Joining Lazy grey will be the likes of Drapht, Funkoars, Illy, Pez & 360, Phrase, M Phazes. Joelistics and Pure Product. Additionally, there will be a secondary stage that will feature the 8 finalists that have been whittled down for the national ‘Real Talk Battle League’s MC Throwdown’ hosted by the home of Brisbane hip hop, The Step Inn.
Lazy hopes that this festival will lead the way for many more and is looking forward to catching the Funkoars set. In terms of his own music, Lazy stated "I'll be smashing the stage with label cohorts, DJ DCE, Jake Biz, Overproof, Ken Oath, Sean B and possibly Bigfoot. Mashing out some crew bangers and some solo artistry".
One track fans can expect for sure is his new joint, Rusty Griz, produced by Chasm. This is exciting for Lazy as it will be the first opportunity he has had to spit the track live.
While he doesn't have any side shows planned at the moment, people should still keep an eye out for Lazy spitting fire on straight fire. He explained "Karsniogenics presents Jake Biz "Commercial Hell" – Buyer beware".