Earning his stripes on the UK underground circuit alongside Scotty Hinds and Byron as part of Nine High and sharing stages with the likes of Skinnyman, Blak Twang, Kano and Klashnekoff, Fraksha and his Nine High brothers quickly gained a reputation as an act to watch with their energetic live shows and well received mix-tapes – ‘First Take’ (2005) and ‘Take Two’ (2006), both of which sold out of the initial pressings in a short time hand to hand at shows up and down the country.
Having spent some time in Australia in 2003/03 Fraksha, along with Scotty Hinds and Byron, made the move to Melbourne in 2006 and hit the ground running joining Aria award winning Bliss n Eso on their sold out ‘Get Loose’ tour which gave him a great opportunity to introduce himself into the scene.
Nine High spend the next few couple of years gigging anywhere and everywhere they could around Australia winning over fans at each show before the release of their self-titled debut album on TAOS records in 2009 which while critic ally acclaimed was released just before the distribution company handling the record went into liquidation resulting in the album being unavailable just weeks after release. Understandably frustrated at this turn of events and also with visa issues preventing all members from remaining in the country the group disbanded shortly after. Not however before contributing one of the highlight tracks (‘That’s what we on’) to M-Phazes Aria winning album ‘Good Gracious and joining him on the subsequent album tour.
Since concentrating on working solo Fraksha has become synonymous with the grime sound in Australia and has shown his versatility in being regularly booked to perform at cross genre events across the country (Void & Reload in Sydney, Rukus in Brisbane, Too Much & Heavy Innit in Melbourne, Dank in Perth) displaying his unique UK flow and demonstrating a refusal to be boxed into any Hip-hop stereotype. From 2009 – 2012 Fraksha was resident MC at Melbourne’s biggest dubstep night Wobble and has continued to be in demand for similar events throughout the country.
2010 saw Fraksha release ‘It’s Just Bars’, featuring production from Loco (Joe Budden/Ms Dynamite) and M-Phazes (Pharoahe Monch/Eminem) amongst others. Notable for being the first grime release in Australia this mix-tape was enthusiastically received throughout the country winning Mix-tape of the year in the 2010 Ozhiphop Awards. The same year saw the beginnings of Smash Brothers – Australia’s first grime collective – featuring Fraksha, Scotty Hinds, Diem and Murky. Noted for their high energy on stage and regular radio freestyles Smash Brothers were a brick to the face to the scene quickly securing high profile supports slots with the likes of Skepta, Raekwon and Foreign Beggars and dropping the heavyweight tracks/video’s ‘Areyoufuckingmad’ produced by Loco ,‘Gangsta’ produced by Kurk Kokane and being featured on the remix to Sky High’s track ‘Reign’. Pioneering a new sound for Australia Smash Brothers received coverage on the UK’s no.1 grime outlet grimeforum.com
) as well as being personally asked by legendary grime producer Dexplicit (Lethal Bizzle – POW) to record an official Australian vocal of his classic track ‘Pull up Dat 2011’.
With his fingers in many pies 2010 also saw Fraksha start The Sunday Roast radio show on KissFm with Affiks, a show dedicated to grime and dub-step and a first for Melbourne. That year also saw Fraksha contribute to the ‘Rappertag’ phenomenon racking up over 80k views with his video.
Continuing to push boundaries Fraksha collaborated in 2011 with renowned New Zealand producer Optimus Grhyme which resulted in being asked to perform in NZ at shows in support of Dizzee Rascal and Dead Prez. He was also asked to contribute vocals to the club smasher ‘Bang’ from production duo Karton which was remixed by drum & bass don Royalston and featured on ‘Drum n Bass Club Anthems 2011’ released by legendary DnB label Hospitality Records while also featuring on Ministry of Sounds 2012 release ‘Addicted to Bass’.
Another first for grime in Australia saw Fraksha along with Affiks & Artic start the countries first grime only club night – 50/50 – which saw them bringing over legends of the grime scene such as Rude Kid & Teddy Music as well as putting on the memorable Melbourne V Sydney clash event. Around the same time he also collaborated with DJ Complex from London’s Family Tree crew in releasing the mix-tape ‘Down Under Grime Vol.1’ showcasing some of the best Australian grime MC’s and producers.
In 2012 Fraksha signed with Broken Tooth Entertainment (BTE), one of the most widely known and respected Hip-Hop labels in Australia with longstanding ties to the Australian scene . His first release on BTE was the Filth Collins produced street anthem ‘Creepin’ in 2013 featuring Diem & Brinks. Known for its chant like hook, the live favourite ‘Creepin’ is surely one of Fraksha’s most well known tracks and has been known to cause some very rowdy reactions at gigs since its release. The album ‘My Way’ soon followed along with very successful shows around the country in support of the release which won great reviews throughout and won ‘Hip-Hop Album of the Year and The Age – Music Victoria Awards 2013. Featuring many producers the album was noted for the varying sounds on offer while managing to avoid sounding dis-jointed as the personal nature of many of the lyrics on offer.
After a short break Fraksha released ‘It’s Just Bars 2’ in 2014, a 21 track mix-tape of quickfire grime featuring a multitude of guests that cemented his position as Australia’s grime don.
Continuing to break new ground musically and having being influential in bringing new sounds to the scene, Fraksha is widely regarded as a leader rather than a follower and someone who has contributed a great deal to the Australian scene, particularly in respect to his pioneering of grime music in this country. Known for his rugged and high powered live performance, a Fraksha show is not one to miss.
2015/16 will see Fraksha concentrating on a solo grime EP, a second solo album and a live band project that will see him continuing his trend of experimenting in new areas.