Started in Year
Sydney-based Lebanese Australian MC ; Breakdancer began performing in 1991 and released debut album ‘Sleekism’ in 1997. best known for his eponymous role in SBS Television’s popular comedy show Pizza from 2000 until 2005. Directed by and starring Paul Fenech, the show has become renowned for taking non-AngloAustralian
comedy to new extremes of gross bad taste and political incorrectness.
Sleek the Elite is a suave, flamboyant and witty rapper and freestyler who raps about Australian racism and political life, capitalism, sexual encounters, solidarity with Aborigines, and his Lebanese-Australian background, among other topics both serious and flippant. he is also probably unique among male MCs worldwide for having dressed up in drag for video clips and album photos.
Sleek raps about Australian racism and political life, capitalism, sexual encounters, solidarity with Aborigines, and
his Lebanese-Australian background, among other topics both serious and flippant. After being a notable presence on the Sydney scene for a number of years in the early 1990s as a freestyler, rapper and breakdancer, he released his debut album Sleekism in 1997. In both Pizza and his recorded output, Sleek negotiates a very thin line between parody
and espousal of the more misogynistic and homophobic posturings of US gangsta rap and the ostentatiously vulgar displays of wealth endemic to the “bling bling” aspects of mainstream US hip hop, complete with jewellery, fawning semi-naked “babes” and macho boasting.
The cover of his 2003 EP Oh yeah features Sleek borne aloft by five busty
blondes, while a girlie chorus intones his name in the refrain of the title track, which is also interspersed with quotations from African-American femcee Missy Elliott’s sexual come-on ‘Get ‘ur freak on’ (from her 2000 album Miss E … so addictive) and a string of anecdotes about sexual prowess. But he is also probably unique among male MCs
worldwide for having dressed up in drag for video clips and album photos. His signature track ‘Child of the cedar’, written in 1992 and included on Sleekism, includes references to Sleek’s own Lebanese background alongside espousals of Aboriginal land rights and attacks on Anglo-Australian xenophobia and the culture of “beer and meat pies”.
Middle Eastern musical inflections are added to the track’s hip hop beats, mixed by DJ Soup. A sequel, ‘Child of the cedar 2’, features on his second album, Hard for a rapper, released in 2004. On this album, Sleek was even more aggressive in his assertion of his Lebanese identity and his attacks on the Australian press, television, police, government and the anti-immigrant party One Nation.
A more rock oriented, guitar-based album than its predecessor, Hard for a rapper, co-produced by Sereck, combined playful interweaving of Sleek’s own identity as a rapper, poet and ladies man with ancient Arabic poetry and storytelling, embodying a comfortable negotiation of his role as a Lebanese-Australian
battling racism, discrimination and stereotyping. – Toby Mitchell
Another important local rap album is Sleeekism, the 1997 debut album by Sleek the Elite, a flamboyant and witty freestyler of Lebanese extraction who raps about Australian racism, political life, capitalism, sexual encounters solidarity with Aborigines and Lebanese culture. (Although it’s unfortunate that Sleek makes references to ‘ho’s’ – one positive aspect of australian hip hop is that much of it is free of the misogyny and homophobia of US gangsta rap.) Here’s ‘Child of the Cedar’, which includes references to his own Lebanese backgound and Aboriginal land rights, and adds Middle Eastern musical inflections – Tony Mitchell
Featured on Home Brewz Volume 2 released in 1997
Featured on Phat Tape Show Freestyles Compilation cassette release in 1999