Well these days you definitely can’t complain about the lack of high quality hip hop talent coming out of Australia right now. One of the new talents you need to get familiar with is Defron, the Melbourne rapper is about to drop his debut EP Invalid (out via Bandcamp July 24th) and it’s a pretty  impressive introduction to this gifted MC.

Defron is a revered freestyle rapper and 2009 Revolver MC Battle champion, but he’s left his career in the publishing industry and Australia’s battle-rap circuit in 2012 to work on his long-anticipated debut EP.

Inspired by a personal history of battling cancer and hearing-loss, drawing from his braggadocio roots in Melbourne’s freestyle and battle-rap scene, the title Invalid is a spin on the hip-hop bravado cliché.

A two year work in progress, this five track release is the result of countless hours inside Stronghorn Studios (used by such artists as Briggs and Illy).

In 2013, one day before commencing mastering, the Mount Dandenong born lyricist received a phone call from the project’s engineer: both the computer and hard-drive storing all session files been stolen. The journey to deliver this Invalid EP has definitely been a serious uphill battle.

Finally though, Defron battled through and has delivered a release he couldn’t not be incredibly proud of. A culmination of talent, grit and serious life lessons, Invalid is an exploration of transformation and lyrical prowess played out to classic J Dilla inspired hip hop beats. To celebrate its release, we’re today premiering the EP which you can check out below. If you like what you hear be sure to visit Defron’s Facebook page for upcoming release and show info.