To say that Hobart has a hip hop scene active enough to rival the main Australian cities would be a bit of a stretch, but among a handful of hard working hip hop artists who’ve managed to find a pinch of success, one MC in particular has stood the test of time and continues to move crowds around Australia with his energetic, comical, and often in-your-face style. Seasoned Tasmanian rapper Dunn D started raising a few eyebrows as an MC in the live funk flavored, hip-hop band ‘Unleash The Nugget’ throughout early 2002. Since then the group have played alongside the likes of True Live, SS Pecker, Simon Wright and the Eclectic among others, and performed at music festivals such as Soundscape and Falls Festival. The group have since released an EP by the name of ‘The Illustrated Guide to Rifles and Submachine Guns’. Throughout the next couple of years, Dunn D began entering local hip hop battles, which saw him connecting with local hip hop artists, as well as writing and recording demo tracks which never saw the light of day until 2005-6, when Dunn D began performing and recording with a four man hip hop outfit named ‘Heads Of State’, The group included Tasmanian hip hop veterans DJ Dameza, DJ Grotesque and Mdusu, who released a full length album in 07 titled ‘Making the Best of What We’ve Got’ Between 2006 and 2008, the crew racked up supportsslots performing with the likes of De La Soul, Bliss n Eso, Funkoars, Downsyde and the Herd, which cemented Dunn as a force to be reckoned with in Australian hip hop. After the crew disbanded in 2008, Dunn D began focusing on his solo material and called in the help of Launceston hip hop producer Akouo, to begin producing his debut solo album. Dunn D began performing with Akouo (on the decks) and MC Jonny Hack in late 2008, who have since performed alongside the likes of Koolism, D’Opus & Roshambo, Muph & Plutonic, Classified (Can), among a handful of others.
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