Kerser isnâ€™t just a YouTube sensation and rap battle champ â€” with his debut LP, â€˜The Nebulizerâ€™, heâ€™s proven heâ€™s also one of the only guys around who can still sell albums.
Your debut album came out recently. What was the biggest shaping factor, in terms of its lyrical content?
My life up until now, going into the good and bad. Plus as much fun and shit stirring as we could throw in, and trying to offend anyone who dislikes me.
Any tracks in particular that sum the album up for you?
For a song that sums up the album, I would have to say 'No Fucken With Me Now', solely for the reason it's stamping that I'm here now and ready.
Youâ€™ve often been described as charismatic and brutally honest. Has the intention always been to stir up a bit of controversy and gain notoriety this way?
Not really, I just say what is on my mind no matter what. And I think the fact that I don't change my style to fit in with the industry or radio requirements makes me different from everyone else, and people who discover it get hooked because they can feel the realness.
When you find that the pressures of promoting, recording and performing are weighing you down, where do you go for a reprieve?
I can not really explain how I get away. Let's just say I escape reality...
Iâ€™m guessing a lot of people have never really experienced a live rap battle, and only have things like â€˜8 Mileâ€™ to use as a reference point. Are battles in Australia anything like theyâ€™re portrayed in that movie?
No. For starters, the accapella battles that are running the circuit at the moment are 98 percent written, and I feel the battle scene is let down because all the battlers have their own little circles and try to block out up-and-comers. With me, though, I just told them all, 'I'm here, move'.
How do you prepare for a battle?
I make myself hate my opponent, no matter who it is. Then I take all my anger and put them into bars solely based on the person I am beating.
â€˜The Nebulizerâ€™ is out now. Kerser plays the Prince Of Wales Friday March 2.