Entertainment

Rapping new style into music scene

The Reks – Ross Thorpe and Jay Abercrombie – are trying to get a head start in the music industry with a heavy YouTube presence.
The Reks – Ross Thorpe and Jay Abercrombie – are trying to get a head start in the music industry with a heavy YouTube presence. Max Fleet

IN A city dominated by pub rock acts, two young, aspiring Bundaberg hip-hop artists have turned to another means to get their work noticed.

Avoca-based The Reks has spent the past year making its own music videos and uploading them to YouTube in an effort to create some buzz.

At just 21, rapper Jay Abercrombie, or MC GZup, and beatboxer Ross Thorpe have been together for about six years after they discovered they had a mutual love of hip-hop and rap at the end of school.

Since getting together the pair have played shows together in Bundaberg, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Sydney.

But it's been YouTube where they have been finding their niche.

With just 17 videos on the site, the band has more than 150 subscribers and more than 22,000 views of their work.

"We believe that if you don't get signed you can do it yourself if you have a big enough backing," Abercrombie said.

"We will keep going with what we do to try and build that base up."

They are planning to use the video website to help them break into the unforgiving industry.

"In 2012 we have released seven film clips and plan to release more," Abercrombie said.

"We are getting about 100 views a week."

But being an urban duo in Bundaberg has definitely posed a challenge for the pair.

"There is so much rock," Abercrombie said.

"When you do get the opportunity to play, you take it."

But there was never any question about what type of music the two would play.

"Basically what I'm feeling in life I can explain by rapping," he said.

"Lyrically rap is really powerful."

Abercrombie said he had long been a fan of rap music but it was mostly Australian rap that inspired him now.

"We did both start out listening to American bands but it's the Australian stuff which means more to us," he said.

Abercrombie listed bands such as 360 and the Hilltop Hoods as among his favourites.

Topics:  entertainment, hip hop, music, rap, youtube


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

New pool gets the nod

NEW LOOK: Work will start soon on the Beenleigh Aquatic Centre redevelopment.

INDOOR pool part of new plan.

Logan youth map out jobs for future

FUTURE DIRECTION: The Youth Job Expo at Logan Metro this week.

THOUSANDS attend Logan expo.

Raising profile of rare illness

LIVING LIFE: Sharon Easdale is determined to help others by raising awareness about dystonia.

Raising awareness of dystonia.

Latest deals and offers

Survivor marks his milestone

First pre-term baby to survive at hospital marks milestone birthday.

New pool gets the nod

NEW LOOK: Work will start soon on the Beenleigh Aquatic Centre redevelopment.

INDOOR pool part of new plan.

Logan youth map out jobs for future

FUTURE DIRECTION: The Youth Job Expo at Logan Metro this week.

THOUSANDS attend Logan expo.

Raising profile of rare illness

LIVING LIFE: Sharon Easdale is determined to help others by raising awareness about dystonia.

Raising awareness of dystonia.

Fuel stolen at Woodridge

Can you help police identify this person?

Ambo hits road for house fires

LENDING A HAND: Christine and Louie Naumovski from the Logan House Fire Support Network.

OLD ambulance donated to charity.

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles