The DUB Crew is a collaboration of six MCs and DJs from Katoomba, home of the Three Sisters, west of Sydney. They’ve been working on their beats and rhymes from their home studio, Rubadub – a fully equipped hip-hop heaven complete with old-school samplers, decks and a wall of vinyl – for the last couple of years. Their talent for slick live production has earned them high-profile support gigs with Australia’s finest hip-hoppers, and a loyal mountains fan crew.
DUB Crew isn’t a band. It’s a crew. And that’s an important difference according to 20-year-old MC Immune, one of four lyricists in the crew. “I think that’s a definite thing about hip hop”, Immune reckons, “it’s not so much of a band mentality, it’s a passion, it’s something that your heart is fully installed in…” Where a normal band would spend a lot of the time during the week churning out songs in the rehearsal studio, “we do a lot of chilling out and relating to each other”.
MC 13th Son of December agrees its more about your way of life than some of the hip-hop stereotypes would suggest: “it’s something I’ve been doing for so long now it’s not the music, it’s not just the clothes, it’s not just the slang, once you’re in it, you’re in it, it’s your culture… it’s your point of reference for seeing things, seeing the world interacting I guess”.
That’s where politics come into it, in a big way. They aren’t afraid to rap about social and political issues, about what it means to be young and concerned about Australia’s future. DUB crew come from “a green background”, according to MC Immune. They hate Johnny Howard. And the two party system. “Basically the political state of the world at the moment is in incredible disrepair. So it’s important to be able to use a voice in a performing sense of the word… to put that in the atmosphere, that there’s nasty shit going on”.
Down Under Beats Crew – Hiphoperation – 2004 –
Down Under Beats Crew – Under Raps – 2006