Those Crooks began as a two piece Hip Hop outfit from the inner west of Sydney with MC’s Jax and Sayso, but recently added Jmaculate, as a third member on the production tip. The group have quickly watched their sound evolve, breaking away from traditional Hip Hop. They try and make music they would listen to, whether this be straight rap or an infusion of genres. All in all, they just want to include whatever complements the concept they are trying to convey.
Music was always going to be on the cards for this young group, especially for Sayso who grew up in a school responsible for the likes of Phatchance, Spit Syndicate and Horrorshow. An environment so heavily emerged in Hip Hop culture would be pivotal in starting the fire within. "Dudes would cypher all lunch long, rap at assembly … it was crazy," he explained. Jax on the other hand, started out in a garage band until his good mate Daniel told him he should try and rhyme. After giving it a go, he felt rap could paint a bigger picture and the rest is history.
Hating the cliché, but finding the truth in it, The Crooks gain inspiration from every day life. “The stuff we have been through, the things we've seen through our friends and families, our experiences growing up, work, the weekends. Man you can find inspiration in anything; a break up, a make up, a big night, your surroundings, injustice. Specifically I guess I've gained a lot from the way I was brought up, the values and morals my family instilled in me, like all people we were far from perfect, but shit, that's made me the way I am" Jax explained.
The Crooks strongly believe in not worrying about what everyone else does. "So many people are so jaded about 'the game' and 'hip hop changing', and having a whinge about what rappers are wearing and what gets played on the radio. If you’re so interested in what other rappers are wearing, go work for Vogue. If you want your music on the radio, make music that is commercially viable" Sayso stated. The group feel that if you are really just passionate about making music and do it well, then other people will feel it. "It’s not a mutually exclusive thing; it is possible to like both Drake and NWA, 360 and Vents etc; appreciate each for what it is" he adds.
Future plans for The Crooks include aiming to step up another level and get their stuff a lot more exposure. Both Sayso and Jax are travelling the Americas for a couple of months over summer with different mates, then when they get back they’ll be dropping a mixtape followed by an album. Both of which have some really exciting features lined up and some amazing producers on board too.