A prolific wordsmith, Brad Strut has been fine tuning his craft and contributing to the growth and evolution of Australian Hip Hop since the early ‘90s. Engulfed in the breakdance craze that swept this country in the late 80′s, Brad became a staunch devotee of hip hop music and as his interest and skill level flourished, Brad could be heard on any sound system available to him. He released his first demo Rock On in 1993, regularly clocked air time on influential radio shows such as Steppin to the A.M. with Krissy and The Formula (PBS) and, intent on honing his lyrical dexterity, would be in attendance at any venue hosting a hip hop event.
His development continued with his first studio experience, under the guidance of DJ Ransom, recording a demo for the unreleased Faces of Debt EP alongside MCs Mama’s Funk (Strait Up Records), Raph Boogie (Crookneck) and MC Que (Nuffsaid Records). In 1999, he hooked up with Trem to record the Australian rap gem “Basic Fundamentals”. Released on Trem’s classic second 12”, Amateurs(Unkut Recordings), the song featuring a level of wordplay previously unheard within the local ranks.
In 2001 Brad released his debut long player The Authentic LP, an album which, along with Bias B’s Beezwax and Culture Of Kings 1, marked a turning point in Australian hip hop. With its unforgettable cover of a vicious looking kangaroo caricature wielding a microphone, The Authentic attained phenomenal sales, moving 8000+ units with no industry hype in a time of minimal support for credible Australian hip hop. The album was heralded as groundbreaking, receiving acclaim from hip hop fans the globe over and the track “A Good Thing” even appeared on Jurassic 5 DJ Numark’s mix CD Hand’s On (Sequence Records 2004). The AuthenticLP featured names such as Lazy Grey, Sean B and a freshly formed Melbourne crew Lyrical Commission, who had recently featured on,Culture of Kings Volume 1 with their track “Lyrical Mongrels”.
During this period Lyrical Commission, alongside Bias B, worked with the infamous Australian criminal identity Mark Brandon ‘Chopper’ Read on the track “Chop Chop” for the soundtrack to the movie Trojan Warrior. This track also featured on the Obesity compilation under the name “Machete”. With intense hype surrounding the crew, Lyrical Commission released their debut LP The Stage is Set (Unkut Recordings) to a blood-thirsty market and an already intensely loyal fan base in 2002. It received the highest of accolades for the straight up, back to basics, no nonsense skill-fest it delivered both musically and lyrically. It created a street buzz unseen for a local underground hip hop act, exceeding sale predictions and becoming the first Australian hip hop release to attract significant interest on a worldwide scale.
The group toured the album extensively, all the while cementing their reputation as masters of individualised style and technique. There is no disputing that Brad is an accomplished live performer, and has shared the stage with the likes of Tha Liks, Hilltop Hoods, Eternia, Celph Titled, Apathy, Kool Keith, The Roots, Swollen Members, A-Trak, Aceyalone, Foreign Legion, People Under The Stairs to name a few, and has also played all major Australian festivals such as Livid and the Big Day Out.
After a year of touring, and recording with Celph Titled (Demigodz) for the title track “All Out War” on the Terntable Jediz All Out War EP (Unkut/Blue Corner 2004), LC got to work on their next release,Murderous Metaphors EP. Metaphors contained nothing but pure rap skill from beginning to end with tracks like “F**k all the B.S.”, “Indicted”, and the Strut solo track “Check the Strategy”. With Lyrical Commission sound and style locked down, the time had come for the crew to branch out into new solo endeavours to appease the long time supporters and win new fans.
2006 was a pivotal year for Brad, as he reignited the fervour for his solo mission. Early in the year, he dropped Legendary: The Official Mixtape on his newly formed Peruvian Gemz imprint, a subsidiary of Unkut that would focus on his own projects and assist emerging artists. Intended as a teaser for his upcoming sophomore full length, the mixtape took on a life of its own and became one of the hottest underground releases of the year, featuring guest spots from Perth’s Clandestien, Rhys of Hospice Crew and notorious booze hound Billy Bunks. Later that year, Strut represented Australia at Hip Hop Kemp 2006 in the Czech Republic, a massive three-day hip hop festival (Europe’s largest and best) which hosted Non-Phixion, RA The Rugged Man, Planet Asia, Klashnekoff and the finest acts from across the continent. Here, Strut made international connections with crews such as Poland’s WWO, whose upcoming album he features on.
2007 saw the release of Brad’s sophomore LP, Legend: Official. Produced by Trem, it is the darkest, deepest manifesto to emerge from Antipodean hip hop. Featuring Lyrical Commission, Sean Price, Outerspace, Daniel Merriweather and Lee Sissing, the album is alternately sinister and soothing, melancholy and belligerent, and it shows Strut’s technique at its most developed. The real deal with all flows locked, Brad Strut delivers the full package, the “proper without the ganda”. His history is undeniable, and the future unlimited.
ON THE REEL:
Has shared stages with the likes of Immortal Technique (US), Non Phixion (US), R.A. The Rugged Man (US), Cali Agents (US), Klashnekoff (UK), Tha Liks (US), Hilltop Hoods, Eternia (CAN), Celph Titled (US), Apathy (US) and Kool Keith (US) among others.
Has blessed tracks with the likes of Q-Unique (US), Taskforce (UK), Celph Titled (US), LilAngryman (UK), OuterSpace (US), Sean Price (US), WWO (Poland) and Chopper Read among others.
Has featured on some of Australian hip hops most noted releases including LC’s The Stage is Set, The Authentic LP, Boney & Stoney’sBlack Stump EP, Culture of Kings Volume 1, Bias B’s Beezwax and Trem’s Amateurs 12″ to name a few.
Has featured in publications such as Stealth, Hip-Hop Connection(UK), Peak Street, Acclaim, The Age newspaper (album of the week),Out for Fame and countless other street press and website editorials.
Has performed 100+ shows to crowds all over Australia (Livid Festival, Big Day Out, toured nationally etc.) and the world including Austria, Edinburgh Festival (2007) and Hip Hop Kemp (2006/2008) in Czech Republic.
He sees his growth as a person through a timeline in his discography like a work in progress.
(Peruvian / Unkut 2006)
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I-TUNES COMING SOON
Brad Strut – Fallout Shelter EP CD, Peruvian Gemz 2009
Brad Strut – Rejuvination LP CD, Peruvian Gemz 2009
Just Drink EP CD/Vinyl (Just Drink and Sucker Free Zone feat. C.O.T.D), Blah Records 2009
Tornts – Hells Burn LP CD , Broken Tooth 2008
Various – Battlehoggs Vol 2: Offical Mixtape – Hosted by Brad StrutCD/DVD, Battlehogg Music 2008
Brad Strut – Legend: Official LP CD/2 LP, Unkut Recordings/Peruvian Gemz 2007
Jedker Realista – Czas Na Prawde LP CD, Prosto (Poland) 2007
Celph Titled – The Gatalog: Collection of Choas LP CD x4, Endless Recording Co 2006
Brad Strut – Legendary: The Official Mixtape LP CD, Peruvian Gemz 2006
Lyrical Commission – Murderous Metaphors EP CD/Vinyl, Unkut Recordings 2005
Various – In Case You Didnt Know Compilation CD/Vinyl, Nuffsaid Records 2005
Phrase – Talk With Force LP CD Marlin Records/Universal 2005
DJ Numark – Hands On Mixtape CD, Sequence Records (US) 2004
Various – Straight From The Art 2 Compilation CD, Empirical/ Warner 2004
Terntable Jediz – All Out War Compilation EP CD/Vinyl, Unkut Recordings/Blue Corner Records 2004
J-Red – Streets Ahead Mix CD, Crookneck 2003
Jolz – Down Pressure LP CD/Vinyl, Down Pressure 2003
Lyrical Commission – The Stage Is Set LP CD/Vinyl, Unkut Recordings 2002
Various – Obesecity Compilation LP CD/Vinyl, Obese Records 2002
Various – Trojan Warrior Soundtrack CD, Mushroom 2002
Beefeaters – Can O Worms EP Vinyl, SFDB Records (UK) 2002
Brad Strut – The Authentic LP CD/Vinyl, Obese Records/Unkut Recordings 2001
Nuffsaid – Beats From The Vaults Vol. 1 CD , Nuffsaid Records 2001
Various – Stealth Magazine CD 2, 2001
Various – Culture Of Kings Volume 1 CD/Vinyl, Obese Records 2000
Various – The Formula PBS-FM Vol.1 Tape Only Release, Wild Child Productions 1999
Boney & Stoney – Black Stump EP Vinyl, Wild Child 1999
Trem – Amateurs 12″ Vinyl, Unkut Recordings 1999
Various – The 4 Element Effect Theory CD, Blitzkrieg 1998
Bias B – Beezwax LP CD/Vinyl, Wild Child 1997
Demos (Tape only)
The Diary Tapes Vol. 1-6 Brad Strut w/ Shazlek One & Guests, 1996-98
The Toowong Sessions Brad Strut w/ Towering Inferno (Lazy Grey & DJ Damage), 1996
Posse Track Faces Of Debt w/ Ransom, Mamas Funk, MC Que, DJ Cee & Brad Strut, 1993
Rock On Brad Strut, 1993