Urthboy (Tim Levinson) is an award-winning hip hop artist from Sydney, Australia, on the verge of dropping his fifth studio album (in addition to five albums with The Herd).
Urthboy’s first solo album Distant Sense of Random Menace was released in 2004, but it was 2007’s The Signal that kicked things up a notch. The first single ‘We Get Around’ cracked the top 25 in triple j’s Hottest 100 while ‘The Signal’ was hailed as “a classic” by Rolling Stone. It received two AIR Award nominations; a j Award nomination, and was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize (AMP) before being licensed internationally through Motivo Records (among a select few hip hop records from Australia licensed overseas).
Celebrating the government’s apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008, Urthboy worked with GetUp to re-imagine the song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’, at Paul Kelly’s personal request. The song helped raise over $100,000 for Indigenous run health and education programs.
In 2009 Urthboy released his third solo album, Spitshine, to great acclaim and two hugely successful tours (2009 and 2010) playing to 20,000+ people. Urthboy was again shortlisted for the AMP, won Best Hip Hop album at the AIR Awards and received an ARIA nomination. He embarked on an International tour playing some of the biggest hip hop festivals in the world (Splash, Germany and Open-Air Festival, Switzerland) as well as clubs shows in Germany, Denmark and England, as well as a string of dates around SE Asia.
Urthboy reunited with Hermitude and Count Bounce in 2012, to begin work on Smokey’s Haunt, his fourth album, signing a global publishing deal with Alberts Music, the first hip hop artist to join their ranks. Reviews were unanimous in their praise, with The Australian giving it a perfect score, saying “Absolutely captivating, play on repeat”.
Smokey’s Haunt was also nominated for a j award for Australian Album of The Year and Rolling Stone Awards for Best Independent Release and Album of the Year. In early 2013 it was nominated for the Australian Music Prize (AMP), Urthboy’s third consecutive nomination – one of the select few artists to consistently get shortlisted.
Successful headline tours followed as well as appearances on Rockwiz and even QandA, surprising many when asked to be the main support on Paul Kelly’s extensive Spring & Fall Tour. He released Live At City Recital Hall from the same tour in late 2013.
In 2014, Urthboy developed a new concept show called ‘Make Me A Mixtape’ integrating story-telling and live performance with special guests. The show premiered to rave reviews at Brisbane Festival in September and was subsequently picked up by Melbourne Festival before making it back to Sydney in early November. Guests included Patience Hodgson (The Grates), Thelma Plum, Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music), Ella Hooper and many more.
After a break and the birth of his daughter, Urthboy is almost ready to unleash his fifth solo album.
What the media are saying about Smokey’s Haunt:
Triple J Feature Album, Drum Media Album of the Week & FBi Sunsets Album of the Week
★★★★★ “Absolutely captivating, play on repeat”
★★★★ “Humanity and toughness permeate Urthboy’s excellent new album” (Review of the week)
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
8/10 “…Meaningful rhymes and impressive beats, Smokey’s Haunt is a winner”
TRIPLE J MAGAZINE
★★★★ “A refreshing and independent voice in Australian hip-hop, Urthboy is certainly leading by example”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
★★★★ “Tim Levinson’s knack for storytelling is second-to-none as he weaves powerful tales inspired by real-life events and backed by incredible production courtesy Hermitude and Countbounce…this is Oz hip hop at its best”