A.B. Original - Reclaim Australia

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Reclaim Australia is the debut studio album by Australian hip-hop duo A.B. Original, originally released in November 2016 via Golden Era Records.

A.B. Original is an Australian hip hop duo made up of Briggs and Trials. A.B. Original stands for Always Black, Original. Both members are Indigenous Australians; Briggs is a Yorta Yorta man and Trials is Ngarrindjeri. Their music is overtly political and has been described as "angry, polemical, brutally frank and meant to inspire a response, good or bad".

Reclaim Australia features many guests including Thelma Plum, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Archie Roach.

A.B. Original sure don’t half step. Evident right there in the album title (a double entendre reference to a hate group) and throughout their fist-raised debut, the duo strangle the status quo with their socially conscious flip of Nineties West Coast gangster rap.

Bookended by a baton-pass intro with indigenous leader Archie Roach and a soulful closing cameo from Gurrumul, A.B. Original share more than just aesthetics with the G-funk era, swaggering and smirking like a heyday Ice Cube, as they deliver plainspoken punchlines of both poignancy and humour, all antagonistically aimed to “hit you with that Andrew Bolt of lightning” – as Trials boasts on “2 Black 2 Strong”.

This is revolution rap at its best. Protest and pride split duties as the pair cover ground from systematic racism (“Call ’Em Out”, with a chilling sample of Lang Hancock’s sterilisation plans) to police abuse (“Report To The Mist”) to the impact of Australia Day celebrations on indigenous people (radio-ready “January 26”, complete with the unusual rhyming couplet “I remember all the blood and what carried us, they remember 20 recipes for lamingtons”).

On an album of such purpose and immediate accessibility, the only risk is if the trunk-rattling beats and ante-up hooks distract from the powerful messages, rather than enable them. If Reclaim Australia offends you, then listen to it on a loop until you wake up from your fragile grip on reality.

Check out the tracks: “January 26”; “I C U”; “Dead In A Minute” and “2 Black 2 Strong

This double album 2LP record set is on black vinyl housed in an embossed gatefold sleeve, pressed in Australia.

(10943)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Foreword (Feat. Archie Roach)

1:31

A2

2 Black 2 Strong

4:03

A3

Call ‘Em Out (Feat. Guilty Simpson)

4:11

B1

Dead In A Minute (Feat. Caiti Baker)

3:13

B2

January 26 (Feat. Dan Sultan)

3:17

B3

Strong Arm (Robbery)

1:44

B4

Firing Squad (Feat. Hau)

2:58

C1

Sorry (Feat. Caiti Baker)

3:29

C2

The Feast (Feat. King T)

3:54

C3

Report To The Mist

3:56

D1

I C U (Feat. Thelma Plum)

3:51

D2

Take Me Home (Feat. Gurrumul)

5:51

SKU 10943
Record Label Golden Era
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number GERV024
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 25 November 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 25 November 2016
Barcode # 0602557216295
Shipping Weight 0.5700kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Embossed Cover
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Hip Hop
Format VINYL LP

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