Where do you think Australian hip hop is at right now?

The face of local hip hop is changing and who better to offer their hot takes than three people actively contributing to the scene.

Tone Deaf partnered with 1800 Tequila and Sydney vintage clothing store, Storeroom Vintage (yep, the one Post Malone visited when he was in town) for a Rapper’s Roundtable.

Melbourne-based hip hop artists/producers Pez and Kwasi were joined by DJ and radio host Mowgli May for a night of candid discussion about all things Australian hip hop.

With a goal to explore and discuss the current landscape of Australian hip hop PEZ, Mowgli May and Kwasi talk the changing face and voice of hip hop in Australia, gender quotas, and more in Tone Deaf‘s first episode of ‘Rapper’s Round Table’.

The trio also discussed the new wave of hip hop and how more communities are now being represented.

“The culture here has actually changed,” said Pez. “They [fans] want to hear different voices from the community.”

“It’s historic. Back in the day just anyone doing hip hop in Australia was a crazy thought,” added Kwasi. “But then when you looked at who was doing hop hop then, I guess there was no one representing me, or people of different nationalities.

“Then as more people of colour came to this country and it’s built… they have people to look up to that are making hip hop as well. One of the things that drove me was that I didn’t see anyone who looked like me doing anything on that scale.”

Watch the full panel discussion on Aussie hip hop. And if you like your rap ice-cold, serve it up with a refreshing drink!

Where do you think Australian hip hop is at right now?

RECIPE: 1800 T’N’T

1800 Tequila TNT Recipe


45ml 1800 Silver Tequila
120ml Tonic water
Lemon and mint, to garnish


Build the tequila and tonic water in a highball glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a lemon wheel and a mint sprig.
Serve immediately.