Hailing from Hobart – Australia’s southern-most capital city, mdusu (pronounced muh-DOO-soo, & also known as Duse or the MD) is one of Tasmania’s premier hip hop artists. Since his earliest underage shows on the drums in the mid-90s (& his first live performance as an MC in 2003), the MC/producer has built himself a reputation Australia-wide for quality recordings and raucous live shows, a feat which is all the more remarkable considering the isolation of his home town.
Over the past 15 years, he has performed alongside acts such as De La Soul, Jurassic 5, Jungle Brothers, Z-Trip, Swollen Members, Bliss & Eso, The Herd, Drapht, Funkoars, Muph & Plutonic amongst countless others, and can even lay claim to having shared a stage with Wolfmother (before the Grammy). Mdusu has also performed at every major music festival in Tasmania’s history (the Basin Concert, Gone South, the Southern Roots & Blues Festival, Soundscape & the Falls Festival), and has performed on over 30 releases as either a solo artist, band member, session musician &/or producer since 1998.
As an MC, mdusu earned his stripes through the freestyle & battle scenes, winning countless MC battles across Tasmania, and performing solidly in battles across Melbourne. His lyrical skill has gained him respect amongst the leaders of the Australian hip hop scene, and has led to collaborations with many artists from around the world.
mdusu is also an accomplished producer, having laced beats for over 50 different artists of various styles during his 10 plus-years as a beatmaker. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, mdusu has spent more than half his life playing various instruments in live ensembles, and has toured Australia & around the Pacific Islands as far as Hawaii, playing many different styles of music.
In 2007, he produced two tracks for The Tongue’s debut Shock & Awe, and supplied a verse to super-producer Chasm for his 2008 smash debut LP Beyond the Beat Tape. The following year saw him drop verses on Dialectrix’s debut smash Cycles of Survival (alongside Joe New & Pegz), and Astronomy Class’ second album Pursuit of Happiness (with the Tongue), which was nominated for the Best Urban/Hip Hop Album at the 2009 ARIA awards. He has also since worked with artists such as Louis Logic, Muph, Reason, & Seven on collaborations for various projects, & has also been slowly piercing together a string of instrumental albums
In May 2008, mdusu and Tasmanian DJ Dameza released their groundbreaking sophomore LP, can we get a soul clap? On May 10th (distributed by Obese Records). The album was picked up by Triple j, and helped mdusu&dameza become one of Triple j’s Next Crop artists for 2008, an honour which is only bestowed upon 30 artists of all genres across Australia. The album was also made the Triple j Hip Hop Show “Album of the Week” (June 9th-15th).
In February 2009, mdusu embarked on his biggest challenge to date, to raise money for victims of the Victorian Bushfire: A 12-hour non-stop Freestyle Marathon. Not only did he manage this incredible and never-before tried feat, he raised over $1300 in the process, and set an unofficial world record (longest continuous freestyle rap) in the process.
After relocating to the Gold Coast for family reasons in July 2009, mdusu released his solo debut The Excess Baggage Mixtape & guested on tracks with D’Opus & Roshambo (alongside Scott Burns & Dialectrix) & DJ Skae. He also forged strong ties with various members of the Queensland hip hop community, & will always consider it a second home.
Since returning to Hobart at the start of 2011, he has reformed with Dunn D to create the Mic Dons with Australian battle heavyweight Greeley, & has also started releasing instrumental drops through a groundbreaking label/collective called Tape Death – a grouping of Australian producers helping shape the future of electronic music (while still keeping the good analogue bits).
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