Sydney-based, Korean-Australian rap crew 1300 (pronounced “one-three-hundred”) have released their latest single, ‘Smashmouth’.
Comprised of rappers rako, goyo, DALI HART, producer-singer Nerdie, and producer pokari.sweat, the group’s prodigious chemistry is on towering display once again throughout their new track.
A genre-bending, language-melding, hip-hop melange, the three rappers and Nerdie trading back-to-back verses punctuated by razor-sharp flows, bilingual lyrics weaving in and out of Korean and English, grounding the frantically shape-shifting production through the concentration of their combined and individual personalities.
Subsuming the raw volatility of Soundcloud rap, the physical potency of sweat-doused, sub-terrestrial electronic music, and the high-budget sheen of Korean hip-hop, the sound of 1300 cannot be understood or defined in pure stylistic terms; what ties it all together is the group’s uncompromising pursuit of intense, uninhibited energy.
“With ‘Smashmouth’, we try to maximise our expression in 3 minutes. The song is structured in a way where the instrumental supports the vocalist’s individual energy and personality, so it naturally shifts and moves with the artists,” 1300 share, speaking about their new song and its accompanying music video. “We really, really, really don’t want you to get bored listening to this song, so we made sure that could never happen.”
Listen to ‘Smashmouth’ on Spotify below:
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