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Saturday, 20 February 2016 |
Next Step Tour
If you haven't heard of Kerser by now, you must have been hiding under a rock. The controversial hip-hop artist has been slogging away at the rap game for a few years now, using only social media to promote his music. Since grinding his way to celebrity status, Kerser recently caught the attention of Warner Music, who are supporting him with his own label, ABK Records. With his fifth album, Next Step (the first album to be released under ABK Records) entering the ARIA charts at number five, ahead of pop princess Kylie Minogue, Kerser is definitely reaping the rewards of his relentless motivation and unwavering work ethic.
It is obvious that his staunchly loyal fan base are rapidly growing in numbers; an incredible achievement for the self-made rapper who grew up in one of Sydney's roughest neighbourhoods. His rise in popularity was proven on the weekend when Kerser shared the stage with his brother Rates, best friend Jay UF and DJ Bennie on the Beat, at the Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane for the first time. The Hifi Bar in West End was always home to Kerser's annual tour, but after packing out the Eatons Hill Hotel ballroom, which is almost double the capacity, the need for the location change was highly apparent.
Well-known Brisbane rapper, Dwizofoz hyped the crowd in the moments before Kersers appearance. "ABK-225", the usual chant at any Kerser gig, was noticeably louder than previous years.
Wearing a matching pill shirt and shorts combo and white kicks with light up soles, Kerser seemed to look around the packed room in awe, taking a moment to absorb the enormity of the movement he has created.
It has become a tradition for Kerser to drop a new version of crowd favourite, 'Deadset' alongside the release of his annual tour dates. The fifth instalment of the 'Deadset' series has a different feel to it since US producer Sinima took the reigns from Nebs; the man responsible for the production of Kersers last four albums. Some fans have shown disappointment with Nebs being replaced, but there wasn't a frown in sight when the intro for 'Deadset 5' echoed through the ballroom speakers. "Fuck's happenin'? Yeah, it's been a minute...." There wasn't a still body in the joint.
After witnessing one girl crying tears of pure excitement and gasping in disbelief when Jay UF reached out and touched her hand, it is hard to believe that they're just a few lads from South West Sydney and not international stars.
A token bra was thrown onto the stage, but female fans will have to come up with new ways to impress; because what once might have been a thrilling experience for a young up and coming star, is now a regular everyday occurrence for Kerser. And the high school dropout has no shame in boasting about his influential profile or new found material wealth; it's a metaphorical kick in the teeth to anyone who ever doubted him.
But even though the Kers has seen a recent rise in fame, the 28-year-old rapper proved he was still human when he slipped ass up while performing, 'Zippin Em Up'. Laughing it off, he humbly carried on like a true professional.
Video via Instagram @mia_mx98
Rates proved he is just as worthy of attention as his brother, delivering some fresh flows with 'Whenever', a track from his upcoming album, a collaboration with producer Bennie on the Beat.
There were a few disgruntled hip hop heads in the audience that weren't so happy with the idea of sharing the event with the U18's, who were restricted to the mezzanine floor. You can't really blame them, as anyone standing directly below the balcony were at risk of being showered in spit. Otherwise, the stoked audience had only one complaint; that Kersers set wasn't long enough!
It is clear Kersers master plan to take over the Aussie rap scene has worked, and true to his word; he is taking his crew with him.
If you live in S.A or W.A it's not too late to catch the show.
ADELAIDE: 26 February
8pm @ HQ Adelaide
FREMANTLE: 4 March
5pm @ Metropolis
Age restrictions: U18's
FREMANTLE: 4 March
9pm @ Metropolis
Age restrictions: 18+
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