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Area Famous (CD)
You don’t need to understand the importance of Sydney’s South-West to appreciate the music of B Wise, but the neighbourhoods he grew up in shaped the artist you’re hearing. The songs celebrate the suburban streets where fibro and brick are intermixed, kids in the front yard, cars on the lawn and the greatest social melting pot in Australia wakes up everyday and makes a go of it. Wise is a product of that multicultural spirit of respect and aspiration, and they’re found throughout his scintillating flows on Area Famous.
It’s been a hectic 10 months for the rapper, with the success of singles ‘Feel Something’ and ‘The Key’, a 35 date national tour with Thundamentals, a show-stopping performance at Splendour in the Grass and a huge Like A Version appearance in June.
From the initial waves he created off the back of ‘Prince Akeem’, B Wise has continually delivered impactful songwriting and opened up a distinct lane in Australian music. It’s a lane that connects with young African youth as much as it does suburban triple j listeners. Area Famous is the grand statement of an artist we’ve been waiting for, someone who doesn’t look or feel like anything we’ve heard before.
From the joy and energy of ‘The Key’ to the collected confidence of ‘Actin’ Different’, or the rich storytelling on the Kaiit assisted ‘Time’, Area Famous is a fierce body of work. It features production by beatsmiths on the cutting edge of their craft; from grammy nominated Uno Stereo to DOPAM!NE, Adit (Horrorshow), Willie Tafa, Juve and more.
1. Journal Entry [prod. by Willie Tafa]
2. Lead The Way [prod. by DOPAM!NE]
3. Free Scrap (Interlude) [prod. by B Wise]
4. Feel Something [prod. by The Husssh]
5. Lost & Found feat. Anfa Rose [prod. by Miracle]
6. The Code feat. Anfa Rose [prod. by DOPAM!NE]
7. Actin’ Different [prod. by Juve]
8. The Roast (Interlude) [prod. by B Wise & Colourd Noyz]
9. Flex On [prod. by Uno Stereo]
10. Go Grrl [prod. by Willie Tafa]
11. Time feat. Kaiit [prod. by Adit]
12. The Key [prod. by Uno Stereo]
13. Sunday Best [prod. by Uno Stereo]