Started in Year
13th Son – appeared on the compilation Culture of Kings volume 2, released in 2002.
13th Son released his debut 4 track EP ‘Always’ on Basic Equipment. Entirely produced by Sereck
13th Son, of Sydney collective Basic Equipment, is no stranger to Australian Hip Hop. He began MCing in 1992 as part of the group Industrial Dispute and just one year later he was seen gracing the stage with the likes of Def Wish Cast, 046 and The Noble Savages all legends of the local scene then and now. His first release came shortly after with the Industrial Dispute cassette ’Industrial Strength’ (1994) and following that spent the next few years appearing at various gigs around town and making a name for himself with his flawless flow and sophisticated style.
By ’96 Industrial Dispute had changed its name to Fathom and really turned the heat up taking Sydney by storm with the ’97 release of ’The Beats from 20,000 Fathoms’ on cassette. A few more standout appearances on compilations and supporting many fine international acts including Latyrx , Blackalicious and Mystik Journeyman led to the demand for some solo material and in 2001 13th Son released his debut 4 track EP ’Always’ on Basic Equipment. Entirely produced by Sereck the EP was well received both in Australia and overseas and showed all that 13th Son could truly hold his own as a solo MC.
The success and praise garnered by the EP led to a wide array of gigs and contributions to compilations such as “Culture of Kings 2” (Obese), “Straight from Art Vol 2” (Warner), “Airheads Vol 1” and “Airheads Vol 2” (Parallax View). He also appeared with the Down Under Beats Crew on their Triple J Unearthed winning LP “Hiphoperation “ and, along with fellow Sydney MC Brass, fronted live Sydney Hip Hop outfit Upshot.
In 2006 13th Son released his debut full length solo effort ’The Hero; The Trickster’. The album was critically appraised with Stealth Magazine calling it “one of the most memorable releases to come out of Australia that the WORLD truly needs to hear”. 2006 also saw him appear on the acclaimed “Beathedz Connection Vol. 1” (Obese) by Melbourne’s own Jase.
In 2007 13th Son returned with his sophomore effort “Our Lives”, a soul laden long player featuring production from M-Phazes (Wax Reform), Jase (Beathedz/Nubreed), Sereck (Def Wish Cast/Basic Equipment), Stat-D and SDub. Guests include Butta Verses (US), Spit Syndicate (Syd), Trace Elements (Gold Coast), Fame (Syd) and Tam Morris.
13th Son’s second album OUR LIVES (Grindin/CSR/Destra) in-stores now.
13th Son is currently at work on the follow up to Our Lives, titled AURORA AUSTRALIS.
13th Son is a Sydney MC with 9 years of experience under his belt. Previously part of 3-man outfit Fathom, 13th son has appeared on the Australian hip-hop compilation Home Brews vol. 2 (released through Mds) and the independant compilation Basic Equipment, the companion to the ABC TV documentary of the same name. He has also released a tape with Fathom in 1997 that is still regarded as ahead of it’s time. 13th Son has also supported US acts DJ Disk, Mystic Journeymen, Latyrx, Blackalicious, Moka Only, Souls of Mischief and Ugly Duckling. His new “Always”EP is the first solo outing and is the result of a collaboration with Celsius MC and Producer Sereck and is the fourth release from Sereck’s independant label, Basic Equipment. 13th Son has also recently collaborated with Sydney MC Macross Matrix for a track titled “A Walk in the Park” which is featured on the CD-ROM available with issue 2, vo. 2 of Australian publication Stealth magazine.