From the depths of Melbourne, the highly respected rapper and venomous author, Tornts,
is back with his highly anticipated LP, “Concrete Slang”. Broken Tooth
Entertainment’s most prolific MC returns with a hard hitting dose of reality rap and
imagery riddled visions of city life in 2012.
Since he exploded on to the scene in 2003 with his groundbreaking first album “Adding
Insult to Injury,” his uncompromising approach has inspired young hopefuls
nationwide. “Concrete Slang” is another chapter in the evolution of Tornts’
undisputed originality, as he continues to grow in his style, delivery, content, and as
Stark and confronting, and always pushing boundaries, he has refined and honed his
style of story telling narratives and rebellious social commentary to a new level.
Tornts has garnered the reputation as a unique voice for the growing under-class of
our sprawling cities and those who are downtrodden and frustrated with their place in
society, and that voice is one that is truly to be reckoned with.
This is the Australia that most people choose not to see, crime, violence, poverty,
drug problems, racism, dispossession, and a general apathy and anger at a society that
increasingly ignores some sections of itself.
The production is powerful, with modern synth laced beats from himself, UK’s Beat
Butcha (Mobb Deep, Lloyd Banks, Brad Strut), Holland’s Ciph Barker (Killah Priest),
Melbourne’s own Wik (Crate Cartel), Sydney’s Nebs (Kerser, That’s Them), and
2Bladez (Audio Zombie Productions). The heavy production line-up lends a varied,
contemporary, and immense background for his aggressive wordplay and visual
Known for his vigilance in providing a visual aesthetic to his gripping tales, the
critically acclaimed and highly praised video clip (and single) ‘Traumatic Cinema,’
is a vivid revenge tale of abused youth. The song is a powerful account of the issues faced daily by a forgotten segment of
our society. The album delves deeper into the mind of a story teller, with such tracks
as ‘City Life’ - which depicts his street tainted visions of life in the Melbourne
of ‘cold steel eyes and paranoid minds’ - and ‘Undercover Maggot,’ a real life
account of an undercover police and deceptive entrapment.
The contrast is stark when highly personal stories of his life and dark past, such
as ‘The Rain’ and ‘Rise Up’, hit hard while anthems such as ‘Danger’ (ft/ fellow
cohort Diem) and the cinematic tale of ‘Smack Dust’ (ft/ Brad Strut) add further
impact. Any listener can tell that “Concrete Slang” is not your typical local rap album,
but an evolved masterpiece from a veteran rapper, considered by many to be the most
original and important voice of underground hip hop in Australia.