Unlike traditional bands, who hold strict formation, The Stoops have developed a more fluid approach to their structure.
The two emcees (Roc Walla & Pronto) cover production and vocals while DJ Arms In Motion transitions the tracks into a dynamic live sound infused with golden-era-inspired turntablism.
Since their inception in 2003, this fluid approach has inspired an evolving list of collaborative members including local legends; Coin Banks, Natalie Mei, Ta-Ku, Zeke, Mei Swan, Dj Silence and most recently, vocalist Sarah Pellicano - who makes her first recorded appearance on this song.
In recent years the creative journey has seen the guys evolve as artists and, on a deeper level, as people.
“Good to see FRESH hip-hop out of Perth” Rosie Beaton – Triple J Presenter
“The Stoops were a force to be reckoned with when it
came to the fresh rhymes and good times department.”
Aarom Wilson – Senior Editor – Drum Media Perth
“Old school party jams evoking the golden era of hip hop, matched by charismatic and fresh rhymes.” Ozi Batla – The Herd.
The Stoops are rapidly gaining national attention as unpretentious and highly accessible addition to Australia’s growing hip-hop scene. The trio of Roc Walla, Pronto and Arms In Motion formed while sharing a house they dubbed ‘The Stoop’, ultimately combining their love of hip hop and live music to create a blend of high end production values and down and dirty, energetic performances that has enticed new blood into local hip hop audiences.
Off-stage, the trio have developed impressive technical skills; an EP, two full length albums, one completed crafted with original Nintendo samples and various mixtapes. Self-producing their own tracks from recording, to mastering and creating all their own album artwork.
Their homegrown hard work took centre stage when The Stoops’ track Free won the “2011 Western Australia Urban/hip-hop Song of the Year” featuring Perth vocalist Georgie Kay a track. Which provided the group with their first taste of national exposure through Triple J and Foxtel withover 60,000 views on You Tube.
Recently The Stoops have been performing to sold out crowds supporting world-class musicians including Pete Rock, Kurtis Blow and Loop Troop in addition to shows with their Australia contemporaries,
The Herd, Thundamentals and Illy.
Their persistence is evidence of how strongly they feel towards their own music and soul-based dedication. Their upcoming EP Milk and Bread to be released in late 2012 collaborates with internationally acclaimed
producers including Ta-ku.
The Stoops are a 3-piece outfit from Perth, WA, who have been making golden era inspired hip hop for going on 10 years. But after a monumental transition in the group’s dynamic (beginning with the departure of emcee Coin Banks and vocalist Natalie Mei, the inclusion of Sarah Pellicano, and a complete shift in production techniques), The Stoops have not only embraced change… they have mastered it.
“Old school party jams evoking the golden era of hip hop, matched by charismatic and fresh rhymes.” – Ozi Batla – The Herd.
The three core members; DJ – Arms In Motion and emcees -Roc Walla and Pronto, have spent the majority of the last few years tweaking and evolving their soul- fuelled, ego-free signature sound in preparation for what could now be almost regarded as a Debut release (although it is their third). The EP, titled “Milk & Bread”, is an entirely self produced EP which earmarks yet another new direction for the Perth hip hop outfit.
The first single from Milk & Bread, titled “Middle of a Riot” is a tongue in cheek song that paints/reflects our modern day ‘keyboard warriors’. In fact it hammers them. Being self centred and ignorant are two symptoms of the privileged first-world lifestyle. The song takes our first world problems, and jams along to them in such positive fashion that it’s like the Western World throwing a summer festival for its own funeral, under the magnifying glass of global warming.
As the lyrics become more intriguing, spilling a thick toxic array of social commentary down the pipeline of a prevalent Stoop ideology and feel-good vibe, the song blatantly belies its real premise. However, this is anything but preachy, as the emcees go on to name-checking themselves as being part of the problem. It’s this kind of self deprecation that makes the track so appealing.
Recently shortlisted in the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, Middle of a Riot emerged from a pool of 3,400 entries from 17 countries, to ascend into the top 50.
Fuelled by the release of their debut video clip, which boasted a crew of 50+ people and saw a warehouse being converted into their own lounge room, Middle of a Riot confidently steps into the world of visual arts. Ice cream vans, exploding letterboxes, and a subtle cameo of a certain prime minister are just a few of the left field ideas that ensure this clip is not just another hip hop video.
Middle of a Riot signifies a new-found maturity in The Stoops’ sound, exposing both a unified ideology and personality to the group. As MOAR sets the tone, The Milk & Bread EP is sure to be a rich and substantial meal for any hungry hip hop connoisseur.
– Roc Walla – MC/Producer, Pronto – MC/Producer, Arms In Motion – DJ/Producer
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Jurassic 5, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Hocus Pocus, J DILLA
Perth, Western Australia, Australia