Rapping About Realville

Mary Marshall writing from Sydney, Australia, on Rapping About Realville

The younger generation are rapping about realville in Ireland and Australia – I strongly suggest you have a listen.

This is all about realville – life as it is for them and others and maybe they are telling it how it is for you. It is brought to you in the format of hip hop and rap artists from Ireland and Australia.

Quick introduction to what hip hop and rap is if you truly don’t have a clue:

  • Hip Hop incorporates elements of rapping (speaking), DJing, sampling or synthesis (merging in other sounds or songs) and beatboxing. 
  • Rapping or MCing be the artist or artists speaking in various styles – backed by beat/s usually. A rapper or rappers can improvise &/or rap from memory. You can mix in any kind of beats, soundbites and songs with rap. Up to each artist what they want to do. 
  • Fusion is mixing up a specific genre of music like reggae with rap and so on.

There is a long, complex history with hip hop and rap - it is an evolved artistic expression. Underpinning some of the best music in history has been oppression and poverty pushing it up and out. That is where rap and hip hop were birthed from too. It became the voices of the people who had no voice and invariably it was/is the voice of what is going on in each generation. Rapping and hip hop emerged in America in the 1970’s and into prominence by the 1980’s and was sustained onwards into the now.

Rap and hip hop has birthed many artists of authenticity and the ones I have chosen below are not world renowned - they are based in Ireland and Australia. I have not added ones like Immortal Technique, Tupac, Public Enemy and so on because as brilliant as they are – I wanted to show those who are lesser known but just as important. Rapping is a unique medium for narrative that relays much about a society, a people, events and also resistance. It paints a picture in the receivers mind and is powerful. When you cannot express what is on you - the implosion of the pent up emotions can destroy you – addiction, enacted violence, suicide… Words are powerful and can heal, inspire, warn, challenge and create cohesiveness. Activism is chock full of words which underpinned decisive actions and even just relay of the boring tedium of one’s life in words is a release.

When a person can articulate through a medium what they see, what they want heard and who they are - that pressure is released and it releases/inspires others who can identify with the message. If you don’t hear the voices of the younger generation you are deaf, dumb and blind for it is their voices we older people especially need to listen to.. We oldies have had our substantial turn and crack at life and many of us done all we could to give voice and bring change - now the younger generation are walking that path. When you are young you got the fire in your belly burning so hard nothing will shut you down. Not that I am saying being old means you shut down but you need to step back, shut up and really listen to the younger generation for they are living their realities.

Ireland and Australia rank amongst nations as having the highest youth suicide rates in the world – particularly Indigenous youth. The younger generation are not stupid and can see what’s going on in societies… In some ways they have it harder as life’s pressure have intensified. They have their truths to tell be they just how life is on a everyday basis through to bigger issues. So support them and support all artists who speak up as voices for their people, community and human rights. Listen for there are stories within stories…Hope you enjoy the selection and add in any artists you listen to or want listened to in comments.

For anyone interested here is a link to Irish hip hop Forum.


Trigger Feat Dylan B – ‘Let ‘em know’

Very powerful – listen right through - it is also a eulogy…

Excerpt: “Let me give ya an introduction – tell ya about the place that I live,
Welfare reduction - TDs couldn't give a shit
I’ll let them know about the leeches and the parasites,
let ‘em know about the streets and how they are at night…”


Temper-Mental MissElayneous spitting truths on media.

Excerpt: “Systematic, parasitic public psychosis.
Media carnage is organised to provoke us.
Intrinsic, cohesive, repellent, righteous and rigorous.
Christ of society, without penance, please deliver us.”

Australia - Aboriginal Australian Hip Hop Darah succinctly covers Aboriginal Australian history of his people in a five minute rap into the now – some of the footage in the video is very old/rare. Very worthy listening/viewing and a must for those who know nought about the First Nations of Australia.
“The song is something I wanted to get out for a while now. It is a history of the experiences of my people since colonisation. I feel there is alot of racial tension in Australia which is in part due to lack of knowledge of the history of Aboriginal people in this country. I am hoping that this video can shed some light on what we have been through (and are still going through), to help bridge the gap. Think of it as a Rap-umentary.” – Darah 

Ireland DMC – The whiskey didn’t help at all… Irish hip hop These guys have been round for quite awhile. This is a cracker - very witty – not worth hitting the grog to get through helltimes!

Australia “You can’t silence the will of the people through violence” – Candy Royalle. Candy Royalle is a young Arab Australian woman and a total dynamo in every sense who does great work with the young at risk in impoverished communities. I met her some years ago - she is very humble and as real as the words she spits out and in this ‘The Will of the People’ she is speaking of Palestine, of her people and all peoples oppressed.


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  2. Mary,

    an interesting change in direction for TPQ. Thanks for doing this for us

  3. Well I think it is great. A great way for young folks to express themselves. I have been a huge Eminem fan since he came out. He was my first exposure at 16 to rap. Then I progressed to Ice Cube, DR Dre and many others. Eminem is just amazing.

  4. Maitiu,

    young folks - that sort of excludes me!! My kids like all this type of stuff. The daughter is like her mum and into a wide range of music and the son loves Eminem and rap.

  5. Maitiu,
    What about Tupac? Many an unhappy day I spent listening to all afore mentioned.
    Liked Tupac though at least he had a bit of character.
    Mackers I found it an endurance test especially when you had Albert rapping around the house 24/7
    to all topical themes.

  6. Nuala,

    more than anyone could reasonably be expected to endure

  7. Maybe us old fogies are To old the cut the mustard anymore.

    I don't like rap music of any sort (too much noise). I do read the words and understand the anger they feel. People have used music to get their message out from at least the blues. A lot of early Delta/Texas blues singers talked about events of their days, WW1, the 1930's depression, prohibition..Eddie Cochrane in the 50's was using lines like "I asked my congress man and he said quote I'd like to help you son but you are to young to vote. Look at Bob Dyaln in the 1960's and his protest songs. Woodstock 1 where thousands protested through music..Punk music in the 1970's and Stiff little fingers singing about 'an alternative Ulster'.

    What I liked Mary you used lesser well known artists who are talking about injustices that their generation can understand..

    Music is a great medium to express yourself..

  8. yes tupac was also pretty good. I never really liked much of Tupac or Notorious BIG. I did like junior mafia, scarface, Redman and others. Not really into now.
    I seriously can not stand happy hardcore rave. We use to love it but now it is a quick headache. Some good memories of clubs in town. Paradise lost at the Europa. We use to get in there at 15 years old.

  9. Now days i listen to Irish music like wolfetones and others. Van Morrison, David Gray and a few others. Love Lord of the dance.

  10. @ Maithu I listen to all kinds of music from Irish trad through to rap, hip hop blues etc I initially liked Eminem Remember that movie he was in 8 mile but then he turned out too mainstream and swept into the machine… He is defo highly skilled in his art but mainstream to the max. He has enormous potential to be more that what he is methinks. I also hate what I call tits and arse rap/hiphop. Often misogynistic in content – u know the lines like ‘get a me ho and give it to her’ etc. So duh, tired, poisonous and old.

    I am very proud of Irish artists like Temper Mental Miselayenous Love what they are doing…

    The rapper that cuts a swathe worldwide and is a voice of the 21st century is Immortal Technique. He resisted the lure of the almighty dollar via mainstreaming and is probably one of the most significant artists of this century. His lyrics r mindblowing . He is also an activist and a man of his words going to wartorn places and such to help. Someone u might want to take a listen to. The Martyr song (my personal fav off album) is totally on the mark no matter how many times u listen to it u come up for air thinking how the hell did he nail so tight and right but he did and does with all his work. He is a gift to the world…

    @ Anthony U would love the oldskool stuff of Public Enemy I think Fight the Power stands alone. It is so brilliant. The footage in the vid with Black Panthers steppin it out is A1 and the energy of the people rising up for justice/equality. This song smashed the illusions so hard societies got nervous haha –choice!! Fight the Power Don’t believe the Hype!!
    Best lines -- Elvis was a hero to most
    But he never meant shit to me you see
    Straight up racist that sucker was
    Simple and plain
    Mother fuck him and John Wayne
    Cause I'm Black and I'm proud
    I'm ready and hyped plus I'm amped
    Most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps

    @ Frankie lolz re the song It did sorta resonate with me After 50 the energy levels sag noticeably as well as the body. Keep the spirit strong and the body will just have to follow it ahaha I have never rapped and never will i think but love it…

    @ Fionnuala Tupac was acutely aware his life would be brief – he had a sense he would be taken out and not by his own hand. I used to read a lot of stuff on his life He was remarkable really & incredibly vulnerable because of his talent… a great loss. Meself in the 80’s I was fullon into Shinehead - Gimme no crack was the highlight of the Unity album for me & Shinehead was the Man. Combined reggae with rap.. He was one of the first to throw it out there re staying clean off gear - in your face style. Link to the video Vintage now footage cop busts on users … before crack smothered everyone.

    PS thanks again Anthony and Carrie for putting it up and such.

  11. Mary,

    I think I would be more Public Image Limited!

  12. Mary,

    I can't buy into the line that Elvis Presley was racist. He was a lot of things but deffo not racist. When he was growing up in east Tupelo most of friends were black. When he moved to Memphis again he had a lot of black friends. He would often go to Beale Street to both listen to black music and buy clothes in Lanksy's and dress loud like the blacks.The music that influenced him most was black blues and black gospel. His first hit record That's alright was a blues song originally by Arthur Big Boy Crudup. He came full circle in his music, one of his last recordings was Pledging my love originally recorded by a black singer called Johnny Ace in 1954. A simple look at some of his early classic hits, Hound dog, Such a night, Rip it up, Ready Teddy, Tutti fruiti orignally recorded by black artists. One of the first songs he recorded after moving to RCA from Sun Records was the Ray Charles hit 'I got a woman'. Unlike Pat Boone who recorded some of Little Richard's early rock'n'roll hits, Elvis never softened the music but tried to keep the agression of the black original version.

    Some people may have heard the Johnny Ray song 'Just Walkin' in the rain'. It was originally recorded by a group of black Prisoners called the Prisonaires. In 1961 Elvis made a point of stopping by the Tennessee State Prison to see his friend Johnny Bragg. As far as i know he kept in contact with him until 1977.

    James Brown was a close friend of Elvis Presley. Does anyone think James would hang about with a racist? or Sammy Davis jr...,

    Sammy Davis Jr : 'I have a respect for Elvis and my friendship. It ain't my business what he did in private. The only thing I want to know is, 'Was he my friend?', 'Did I enjoy him as a performer?', 'Did he give the world of entertainment something?' - and the answer is YES on all accounts. The other jazz just don't matter'. 'Early on somebody told me that Elvis was black. And I said 'No, he's white but he's down-home'. And that is what it's all about. Not being black or white it's being 'down-home' and which part of down-home you come from'.
    'On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Elvis eleven'.

    James Brown: James Brown and Elvis Presley were good friends and admired each others talents. James authored two books, and one contains this quote about Elvis: 'I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother. He said I was good and I said he was good; we never argued about that. Elvis was a hard worker, dedicated, and God loved him ... I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There'll never be another like that soul brother'.

    The last song in the 1968 come back special 'If I can dream' was recorded shortly after the murder of Martin Luther King. Elvis was asked not to sing it but he felt that strongly about events in the USA at the time he recorded anyway..The classic, 'In the ghetto' that song can easily describe the life a lot of young blacks had/have in the projects in New York State..

    As I said a Elvis presley was a lot of things, good, bad and indifferent. But racist he wasn't.

  13. @ Anthony dyin larfin here LOLZ!! The new cool is always just being uncool! That's the true cool so u hit the mark bigtime like all of us oldies. Fluro trackies and shoulderpads era but some great music come out of it. Your public image is always intact as u have enormous cred and integrity so just play some Public Enemy & enjoy. Freak some out by shouting Fight the Power Don't believe the hype! PS your kids will cringe tho lol

  14. Mary,

    John Lydon's (Mr Rotten in a previous life) Public Image Limited, not my own!!

  15. @ Anthony O lolz even more Here I was thinkin u coined that Duh me! The Sex Pistols!! Johnny Rotten & poor Sid smacked off his face… My sister played their stuff night and day… not really my cupan tae but they were in yer face which I like. rearranged the anthem in true style haha

  16. @ Frankie u sure know ur music and artists… Points taken… Interesting read…. It crossed me mind that those lyrics were written from a perspective of how the author felt growing up U know how it impacted him so he just spat what he felt like – all these white heros’ being paraded as the standard (and he being crushed under white supremacy and there was plenty of it around). What James Brown said is very moving.
    Frankie bet u know – Howling Wolf. He was beyond brilliant He was just FABULOUS. ‘How many more years ‘is the kicker. Now that is solid straight up gifted talent and he had a heart for the people.
    Re Bob Dylan he ripped of Woody Guthrie imo to good effect Dylan is brill. His early works I love. I saw him in concert here (aus) aeons go and it was tragic. He was into this big band kinda sound. Me & a friend were wedged in with geriatric hippies singing their lungs out along with him Some even tottered out into the aisles and danced like they were in their teens… It was a headtrip. And this big backdrop on the stage of the eye of Horus did me head in more Like some illuminati kinda number. Felt like I had ingested a bad acid trip. I wtd to scream ‘Bob i want a refund” but tapped my toes with what I hope was some vestige of refined dignity along with the beat – I mean who was I kidding I am old too. I suddenly craved to hear a thrash metal band that night, have my head botoxed etc

  17. Mary,

    I enjoyed The Pistols. Still listen to them a bit on the Ipod - hwheever I can get MY Ipod as my daughter takes it. Or my wife who has it away today.

  18. Mary,

    Frankie bet u know – Howling Wolf.

    Mr Chester Burnett. The very first song I heard Howlin' Wolf was this . Although relased under the Chess label, it is in fact from the vaults of Sun Records. Check out Ike Turner 'Rocket 88'..Could come up as Jackie Bretson and the Delta Cats. But the label on the 45' was to small to put 'Ike Turner and the kings of rhythm featuring Jackie Bretson'..

    Woody Guthrie, I was always surprised that his son Arlo never made it big. Apart from Alices Restaurant he didn't do much else. He (IMO) recorded a great version of 'The City of New Orleans'..Not much else. What you experienced at Dylans concert..Imagine back in the mid/late 60's when he was backed by The Hawks/The band and Robbie Roberstons strat when he went electric.I bet that was a shocker for some..

    The Pistols

  19. AM
    The kids kept taking my iPod, had to buy a new one. Dare not use my iPad in front of them either. In fact my youngest likes to eat my food on me also.

  20. Mary,

    Click this song, close your eyes and at a guess you'll think..Don & Phil Everly. I wouldn't blame you (or anyone) thinking otherwise. Then open your eye's and see who it is.