The Tongue is widely regarded as one of the country’s most imaginative MCs—with a natural charisma that sets him apart from the horde of anonymous rappers vying for your attention.
A clear talent driven by a great imagination; he has defied the heavy testosterone of the MC battles where he began and subsequently outgrew; he has held a capacity audience at The Sydney Opera House in the palm of his hand as he recited Dr Seuss; he has toured nationally on many occasions to sell-out crowds. He has performed at The Big Day Out, Come Together, Sprung Hip Hop Festival, Peats Ridge & Sydney Festival and supported the likes of Public Enemy, Dizzie Rascal, Drapht, Mac Miller and The Herd.
Shock & Awe, his ambitious debut album cemented his place in the local hip hop landscape with hits such as ‘Real Thing’.
His second album, Alternative Energy saw a more progressive and mature approach, with favourites ‘The Show’ and ‘Crazy’ featuring heavily on radio. The record was feature album on both FBi and 2SER, and named Album Of The Week by Drum Media and The Brag.
His third album, Surrender To Victory, saw The Tongue coming into his own as artist and collaborator, articulating a positive vision beyond the confines of modern Australian hip hop. The record was produced by the incredibly talented Cam Bluff, and was heralded by critics for being a triumph of The Tongue’s vision – a uniquely positive and engaging listen.
To keep busy and creatively active, The Tongue has been known to release wildly diverse mixtapes in between albums – which have brought us the likes of Redux, The Tongue Is Dead and the Sextape.
Released nationally on November 20th, his 4th studio album Hard Feelings is the combined effort of both The Tongue and rising Sydney producer Papertoy. Guests on the album include: Ngaiire, Jeswon (Thundamentals), Ev Jones (Jones Jnr), Thom Crawford and Mataya. Tongue proves himself to be in his prime as both a lyricist and performer as he deconstructs life’s complexities with wit, style and a pinch of humour.