John TeOp Riley: Onward Hip Hop Soldier

Words: Matt Innes At the curious nexus of hip hop and religious faith, John TeOp Riley is building a thriving and diverse international community.  One half of Aussie hip hop duo Fonke Knomaads, John is also heavily involved with the Krosswerdz group, which brings together people of all religious denominations under the banner of sharing…

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NEWS: MADCAP Global Productions To Film J Strong Video In Philly!

MADCAP Global Productions & Entertainment is proud to announce its involvement with the filming of two new video clips for Philadelphia rapper/producer J Strong. A versatile and exciting rising talent on the hip hop scene, J Strong was recently signed to our independent label MADCAP Records Australia. At the end of this month, J Strong…

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A Love Letter To Philadelphia by J Strong

A Love Letter To Philadelphia -J Strong- From the bottom of the ghetto to the million dollars homes, from Gino to Jim’s Steaks – I love my city. I can remember me and brother going to Armand’s Records to buy new music for our Friday & Saturday night $1 parties, then we’d hit the clothes…

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NEWS: Up Close & Personal With J Strong

Words: Matt Innes MADCAP Records Australia has recently signed Philadelphia rapper J Strong to its ever-growing family of independent artists. J Strong brings with him a smooth and contemporary sound, producing modern hip hop embedded with a strong R&B sensibility. His production style has been called unique among his peers and elders in the hip…

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NEWS: Philadelphia Producer J Strong Signs With MADCAP Records

MADCAP Records Australia is proud to welcome Philadelphia producer J Strong to our growing family of independent artists. J Strong is an up-and-coming producer and vocalist who has already made an impact with his 2016 track ‘Pop A Perc’, which went viral in just 24 hours and caught the attention of some of the biggest…

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NEWS: Fonke Knomaads – Hip Hop For Life

Words: Matt Innes The release of a brand-new EP heralds the triumphant return of pioneering Aussie hip hop innovators, Fonke Knomaads. Few artists have had such a prolonged impact as the musical partnership of MC John ‘TeOP’ Riley and John ‘DJ Soup’ Blake. Formed at the nascent of hip hop culture, Fonke Knomaads have maintained…

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Hydrofunk Records Celebrates 20 Years

By: Matt Innes This year, Hydrofunk Records celebrates their 20th anniversary, making them the longest-running, independent hip hop record label in the country.   Hydrofunk Records was established in 1995 by Andrew ‘DJ Katch’ Garvie and Dave Atkins of prodigious Brisbane group Resin Dogs. Andrew explains how the label began as a way to short-circuit…

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NEWS: Ollie Teeba To Play Funk & Soul Weekender, UK

4 February 2017 HOT OFF THE PRESS! MADCAP Global Entertaiment and MADCAP Records Australia are delighted to announce legendary UK producer, beatmaker and MADCAP alum Ollie Teeba, along his band The Herbaliser, will be performing at The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender taking place at Camber Sands in East Sussex, 12-15 May. Ollie and The…

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DJ Soup – An Endless Passion

By: Matt Innes   After some fifteen years apart, two legends of Aussie hip hop reunite for a decade-shattering collaboration.   In 2001, John Blake aka DJ Soup joined forces with Sleek The Elite to produce the rapper’s genre-defining debut record, ‘Sleekism’. Now, the pair has teamed up once more to produce Sleek’s sophomore album,…

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Album Review: Fonke Knomaads ‘Cleopatra’s Bath Milk’

By: Matt Innes The long-awaited, full-length debut album from Aussie hip hop pioneers, Fonke Knomaads does little to disappoint. Released in 2008, ‘Cleopatra’s Bath Milk’ represents the first work undertaken by duo, MC John TeOp Riley and John ‘DJ Soup’ Blake as Fonke Knomaads since they parted ways in the mid-90s. It is a record…

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