Back From The Bus
After revealing themselves as a force in indigenous and international hip hop, Native Ryme retreated from the music scene.
Now theyâ€™ve returned, with plans to unite us under the banner of entertainment. â€œThe 'Corroboration' release we did with The Cruel Sea and Kev Carmody in 2001 really pushed our career forward. For a couple of years after that we toured frequently with some big international acts, which took a lot of emotional energy. By 2006 we needed some time to re-evaluate,â€ explains lead rapper Cameron â€˜C-ROCâ€™ Callope.
This time wasn't spent idly, with each member working towards bettering themselves and their community. â€œEach of us went our separate ways to find our own paths as musicians and human beings, and to work on anti-violence and anti-drug music programs in remote areas. Now that we feel as though we've done as much as we can, we're back and writing the best stuff we've ever written.â€
For the past few years Native Ryme have been progressing towards a new album, refining 16 years of music-related experiences into something they can be proud of. â€œOur new album should be coming out in the next few weeks. It was important to make something that people could expect of us, I mean we've been around for a long time and didn't want to come out with an album that seemed blasÃ©. We had hoped to have a single on the radio already, but everything snuck up on us really quickly.â€
â€˜Everythingâ€™ includes the inaugural RECONciliation Beats Festival, which takes place this Saturday and aims to showcase the best of indigenous and non-indigenous Australian music and culture. â€œIt's something that could have been done in the past, but I think Australia is more ready for it now than ever. We all want to move on, and we need to do it together. Musicians and artists have always helped stop wars, and if we can come together under the banner of music then we can get to know each other, and the curtains will come down.â€
After this festival and their album release, the trio are eager to jump back on the tour circuit. â€œWe built our reputation around our performances. Now we are coming back to do what we do best, which is amazing live shows, looking handsome as hell, and entertaining people.â€
Native Ryme play RECONciliation Beats at Musgrave Park Saturday July 9.