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March 25, 2012

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Cat No: CC007

Maundz – Zero

  • 01. Introduction
  • 02. Zero
  • 03. Gusto
  • 04. All Quotes Feat. Action Bronson & Brad Strut
  • 05. Maundzilla
  • 06. Take it Back Feat. Bias B
  • 07. Travelling Lady
  • 08. Toys Skit
  • 09. C U Next Tuesday Ft. Drapht
  • 10. Agent 86
  • 11. Zero's Theme
  • 12. Homicide Ft. Vents & Sesta
  • 13. How 'Bout A Drink Skit
  • 14. The Flipside Ft. Alyson Murray
  • 15. Slang Rap
  • 16. March The 10th
  • 17. Letters And Numbers Ft. Crate Cartel
  • 18. Wik's Theme
  • 19. Then Till Now
  • 20. 3 And 3 Nought

Maundz, the outspoken rascal of Melbourne's rap-scene; has a heart of gold, a potty mouth, and an acid tongue. His second LP Zero, is the first release of 2012 from irrefutable hip hop collective Crate Cartel. Zero is a fast approaching sun on the horizon after what has been a long winter for Maundz fans. "Maundz" quickly became a buzz word throughout Australia's various hip hop circles after the release of his debut LP Mr Nobody in twenty-ten. Revered by the likes of Hilltop Hoods and Drapht as the "next big thing", Maundz has become highly respected by his underground and commercially established cohorts alike. Belonging to the elite Crate Cartel crew, Maundz is surrounded by a support network of stoic men with strong spirits and an outstanding yet unconventional work ethic. The intuitive approach applied to every project the Cartel take on, is what has assisted them to produce such consistently unique, purist material. Zero's production is handled entirely by the fastidious Wik, another lethal weapon from the Crate Cartel armoury. Throughout the album, the duo has managed to create the kind of sonic congruency only achieved after extensive collaboration. A virtuoso working-class linguist; Maundz primes his rhymes with lightly cryptic pop-culture references, breathing fire into the revelations of the every-man. Zero is littered with impressive names, featuring collaborative efforts from New York's number one man of the moment Action Bronson, ARIA award winning Drapht, Golden Era's Vents and Sesta, Melbourne kings Brad Strut and Bias B, and of course Crate Cartel. Lead single 'Take It Back' features the legendary Bias B, full of nostalgic imagery and vintage beats and cuts. The track revisits cultural icons of the 80's and 90's. Its accompanying cameo-rich music video gained an extensive amount of exposure within weeks of its release. 'The Flipside' features the smooth jazzy tones of Alyson Murray intertwined with the faithful combination of atmospheric sax and keys. Sonically the song takes place in a smokey jazz club, where Maundz divulges about personal decision-making and the consequences which follow. Taking a classic stripped back approach to the track; 'Agent 86' is simply about the beat and the emcee. Maundz exhibits what he does best: getting busy with 86 bars of lyrical tirade over eerie boom bap. Maundz personifies the very reason Australian hip hop continues to redeem itself through variety and conviction, his music and sentiment resonating with even the staunchest of audiences. "I'm young and I'm hungry. I've worked extremely hard over the last ten years to try and carve out my own sound, and stand out from the rest." - Maundz