Started in Year
Just Us, Including DJ Case, Mentor and Scandel. Released in 1988, this is credited as the first “true Hip Hop” release out of Australia.. Taken off the Combined Talent/My Destiny vinyl. Also included on the 15 Oz Vinyl (15 Years of Australian Hip Hop) compilation, mixed by DJ Ransom.
This was followed up a couple of years later with a 6-track EP “Voice of the Hunted” on CENTRAL STATION RECORDS which included their popular track “Stinging In The Rain”.
Unfortunately DJ CASE left for Malta and MENTOR ventured into metal. Founding members include Dj Case, Mentor later joined the group, later it was re-formed with Roamz. https://www.discogs.com/Just-Us-Combined-Talent/release/1725509
“The first ever true Hip-Hop release was back in late 1988 with JUST-US and their independently pressed “Combined Talent/My Destiny”. Musically it relied on 808 beats, 303 bassline, heaps of impressive scratching and Aussie accents. Undoubtedly a classic and very indicative of the sound of the western suburbs in Sydney at that time. This was followed up a couple of years later with a 6-track EP “Voice of the Hunted” on CENTRAL STATION RECORDS which included their popular track “Stinging In The Rain”. Unfortunately DJ CASE left for Malta before returning a few years later and MENTOR ventured into metal.” – http://www.bombhiphop.com/kangasty.htm
Case from Just Us is now the head of Funnel Web Productions and part of Terminal Illness, a group set to release its third album in 2003. In a recent rhyme he recalls: “Why were we called Just Us? Because there was just us.”
“Why were we called Just Us? Because there was just us.”
Case and Scandal’s Just Us formation released the first ever piece of Australian hip hop vinyl in 1988 – “Combined Talent” b/w “My Destiny”. It was pressed independently. Based in Sydney’s outer western suburbs, Just Us and their affiliates were rough, rugged and raw, and pushed an individual Australian identity through their music. Central Station Records then released the group’s “Voice of the Hunted” (with Mentor added to the group) vinyl in the early 90s. Case moved to Malta for a few years, returned and re-formed Just Us with Roamz, and performed at the mighty Contents Under Pressure gig with FWP. Since then Case has been working with Terminal Illness and has produced a track for the upcoming Def Wish Cast album. Roamz is working with the Ascendescents and Mentor moved into metal. - Mark Pollard
Sydney New South Wales, Australia