Delivery of music & message on The Prequisite is dope enough to throw down against the top tier of Australian Hip-Hop & shows just why Brisbane’s Fundamental Elements are two MC’s holding the gauntlet.
MCs Species and Pleura of Fundamental Elements have long shared a vision to put the Boom-Bap back into a local rap scene that has, at times, somewhat lost focus. Both rappers have been able to cage the energy of a live gig and hype of a full house in the studio and unleash it through their recordings. Their honest and direct lyrical approach to personal issues, politics and representing hip hop culture is laid over rap tracks cooked by seasoned beatsmiths Leaf Dog, Soley & FE’s own Pleura. F.E. are on the move!
Early 2013, F.E. dropped their second EP, The Homecoming. The first single & title track, received radio airplay nationwide on Triple J’s Hip Hop Show (with Hau). They also caught the attention of Aussie hip hop’s crowned royals, Hilltop Hoods who supported the film clip for their second single ‘Independence’ through social media. ’Independence’ also received national airplay & regular rotation on Brisbane local station 4ZZZ and the film clip also getting rotation on ABC’s legendary video programme, Rage. Production came primarily from Species and Pleura, accompanied with a healthy shot of beats from local Brisbane beatsmith, Cam Bluff (Vegas Aces, Born Fresh) who, in his own right, is steadily carving out his place in the Australian hip hop scene.
Fundamental Elements were recently the main support for the High Focus Records’ Smoke My Tour Brisbane show. Past shows have seen the crew share the stage with international headliners like Immortal Technique (US) and Eastborn (UK), not to mention the long list of local heavy weights- Muph & Plutonic, Lazy Grey, Jake Biz, Illzilla, The Tongue, Maundz, Tommy Illfigga, Dialect & Despair, DJ Katch (Resin Dogs), Brass (Celcius Crew), Rainman & Calksi, Daily Meds, Kings Konekted, Pure Product and Coalition Crew As well as releasing their debut EP Living Secrets, Fundamental Elements have also featured on various albums and releases including Read Between The Rhymes by The Allegiance, Velvet Couch and Clockwork Records: Fun Not Fame Mixtape Vol 1, 2 & 3, Nurcha Mixtape Vol. 2 by Nurcha Records and other solid collaborations across the national scene.
During 2014, Fundamental Elements have been busy turning out new music. Their latest work, The Prerequisite hosts strong in-house production by Pleura with help from Leaf Dog (High Focus Records, Four Owls) on “The Prerequisite”.
Fundamental Elements have not changed their game plan, they’ve always been about making dope rap to reflect their scene, and throw back to that boom-bap soundscape. Their third instalment through Clockwork Records and the Velvet Couch massive, The Prerequisite EP shines with the same crispness as any F.E. hip-hop release. The voice of Bris City’s finest, at it’s loudest. Heads up!