Carmouflage Rose has just been announced on the lineup for Alison Wonderland’s Scarehouse tour alongside the likes of ASAP Ferg, Lunice and Manu Crooks, making his crossover appeal clear, also evidenced by his hugely hyped single ‘Late Nights.’ Sitting somewhere between moody R;B, ominous club rap and swinging dancehall, the single has earned plenty of radio play since its release two months ago, with the Brisbane-via-Zimbabwe artist also performing at the Sunshine State’s Sprung hip-hop festival.
All my friends used to make music. They were in a singing group, a rap group. I was the dude chilling in the studio and criticising everyone’s stuff. One day, my friend said, ‘since you like criticising us so much why don’t you write some rap?’ I never did. Then, I came to Australia as a refugee. I had no friends, and I was staying at my mum’s place. My mum walked into the room while I was listening to music, and she said kind of the same thing. Then I wrote some bars, and here I am talking to you!
Hailing from Zimbabwe, before coming over to Australia as a refugee, the rapper known as ‘Larry’ to his friends is staying grounded, despite recently signing with Sony. Red Bull spoke to Carmouflage Rose about all things music, from his beginnings with fellow rapper Manu Crook$ to getting recognised internationally and the state of the urban scene in Australia.
It’s dark and brooding, the sound of the kick drum is pulsating through your bones, the harmonies are tribal and transcendent. The chanting begins “YAH YAH YAH YAH YAH YAH.. RUDE BOI!”
The performer is unmistakably Carmouflage Rose. Before you know it you’re front and center jumping and zoning to that ROSELEVEL with him. You and everyone else in the crowd.
Words do not do this young Brisbane rapper justice, his sound is unique yet familiar in a way that makes you comfortable to want to keep coming back for more.
Having grown up around hip hop yet never fully being involved it was only in the last few years Carmouflage Rose took a hold of his talent and decided to share it with the world. Heavily influenced by Kanye’s 808’s and Heartbreak album with the African drums and synths he found his sound in that of his heritage.
Carmouflage Rose has plenty of projects under way for fans to look forward to. His upcoming LP ‘Roselevel’ is due for release mid year, he also has a short film and street albums in production. This young man is one to keep your eye out for in years to come, his music is full of energy, exudes raw truth and touches the soul.
When I was in Sydney, back in 2013, I went to an open mic at the Oxford Art Hotel, and I bombed. It was my first time on stage. I feel like I’ve got this thing where if I lose badly or fail at something, I want to change and work on that part, and change my weaknesses to my strengths
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