We caught up with Australian artist Mugzy for a quick chat and queried him on the Australian hiphop scene, his top 5 artists and more! Check it out:
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself as an artist
A: My Name is Reyne Brady (pronounced Rain but spelt differently) AKA Mugzy
im 26yrs old (Soon to be 27 on January 22nd) from Sydney Australia (The Land Down Under)
My Profession is Hip Hop Artist, Actor, Youth Mentor
I’ve been in the game for 12 years (13 soon)
Done 2 Albums (Working on a 3rd), Radio Play/Magazine Articles WORLDWIDE,
Fan base WORLDWIDE, Featured in Multiple Independent Films/TV Commercials
The List goes ON an ON an i haven’t stopped yet!
Q. How long have you been making music and what inspired you to start?
A. I became interested in hip-hop music and the culture of hip-hop when i was 14 so 2005 my early years in High School. Around that time i guess you could say i was a bit of a loner which caused me to get punk’d/bullied alot, also my grades were failing an i had no avenue where i would be in life when i finished school So instead i bought myself an IPod an started listening to artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Tupac. Eminem was the one i could related to the most (Even to this day) I know It sounds cliché because im a typical ‘whiteboi’ myself but just the Aggression/Anger in his wordplay/lyrics. It kinda gave me a voice to say “I dont give a f***”, a platform to fight back an take no sh** in this world.
Starting Off i would drop down small rhymes in my workbook but i knew if i wanted to progress i would have to write full lyric songs. Also i knew if i wanted to be known or respected by the general hip hop community who loves it as much as i do then i would have to do my homework take a trip back in time where it all started in the 70s of South Bronx and learn bit by bit. What inspires me about the culture of hip hop is that it’s the ONLY music form that you can express yourself in any way/shape/form possible.
You pick any other music genre Rock, Pop, Rnb etc etc Trust me they dont have the same effect that hip hop brings thats why i love it
Q. If you could resurrect 3 dead musicans (any genre) for one last gig, who would you pick?
A. Tupac, Michael Jackson, Prince
Q. What is the hiphop/urban scene like in Australia?
A. In all honesty, what ive experienced on my journey through-out the music industry/hip hop community is the realization that U.S artists are very humble. They always want to network an connect with each other or whoever has a dream of bein a rapper. Whether its in the United States or here in Australia, they always want to find ways of making this dream happen for them, they are always open to NEW ideas (Whatever you bring to the table they will eat it up) and that’s what i love! that’s why i have been given so many opportunities over there.
Here in Australia we have SO MUCH LOVE for the hip hop culture its CRAZY! Whether its Rapping, Djing, Graffiti, Beatboxin, Break-Dancing or just general hip hop knowledge we want to eat it up. But in sayin that there is too much criticism here ESPECIALLY towards accents. Like hip hop heads here say (Rap in ya normal talking voice…dont do this fake USA accent) most call it a “Wacksent”.
Now there is two sides of the coin here; I can understand we want to put our Australian input on the map as natural as possible, But im gonna be 100% real about this, rapping in ya normal voice has no flow its bleh/plain (IT DOESNT SELL). To make your music strike the ears of the listeners it has to be catchy n flow well so puttin some USA slang on it doesnt hurt like come on (didnt the art form originate from the states so why ya hatin for?).
Now im not sayin go turn into an Iggy Azalea (because she is as fake as her plastic surgery), Im just sayin whatever gets put on the table USE IT stop this back-n-forth criticism about who’s real and who’s not……..give it a rest! This is WHY we aint making a living off our dreams and have to go out to our 9-5’s, because we don’t come together and make something great. From reading ALL that it looks like im the bad guy but thats what i see in our scene. I dont turn a blind-eye to it, thats why i made the track “Aussie With An American Attitude”.
Q. Are any UK artists currently impressing Austalians? If so who?
A. Honestly, i havnt heard much UK hip hop. I know cats such as “Dizzee Rascal, Plan B” and of course the Legendary “Slick Rick” (ya all tucked in?) haha hope you got the reference. But yeah i gotta keep up with it because ive heard you guys over there in the UK are like a second home from us here in Aus so i better start doing some diggin.
One thing ive heard is the battle scene is CRAZY over there and its brutal to the core
Grimey, Gritty, Brutal…then afterwards beers!
Q. What do you believe your strong points are when it comes to getting your music out there?
A. To me as an upcoming artist any exposure is great exposure. It doesn’t matter whether the opportunity is BIG or SMALL…If it literally gets my name “Mugzy” out there to the World then ive done my job properly.
Over the years in this game, i’ve tended to realize that a lot of artists in my position have Ego’s and put limits on things; Like if this other artist or blog or radio station whatever it may be doesn’t have a huge following or much of a buzz they dont want to connect with them. With me if anyone reaches out whether it be on my fanpage..finds my profile etc i always take the time out of my day to connect & build with them.
A lot think im incredibly humble for it but aye in the end i look at it like we’re all in this together trying to make a living off this dream so why put the next person down who has the same hopes & dreams…theres no pride in that!
Q. Which artists inspire you when your writing
A. Top 5: 50 Cent, Tupac, Eminem, DMX, NaS
50 Cent: When he blew up in the early 00s everyone wanted to be like 50. Even all the whiteboi’s (including myself) rocked the chains, du-rags, baseball caps, jerseys etc etc haha. Come on it was the times mannn it was a starting point haha sooo corny but i can now look back on it and laugh! “Get Rich Or Die Tryin” is INSANE (Still to this day) every joint on that album is pure FIRE (G-Unit Forever).
Tupac: What more can i say beyond his name there will never be another Tupac the guy is iconic and a legend in the hip hop game….i think if he was still alive he probably could of ran for president.
Eminem: I suppose he speaks for all the whiteboi’s who want to get into this hip hop culture. I know it probs sounds cliché to say because i’m white myself but i reckon he was the main one who broke that barrier of hip hop which was formally a black domain of music, for a chance to give white rappers the ability to be heard and atleast respected. I know we had White Artists before Em like “3rd Bass, Beastie Boys, House Of Pain” aye even “Vanilla Ice” but i dont think they had a big enough impact on the scene like Em did (He’s the Hip Hop Elvis)
DMX: Raw Gritty so imma stay Sh***y are you with me haha. I love X because of his raw aggressive attitude but also with powerful, catchy lyrics you will never forget through his message. I feel like in my career my flows/vibes are alot like X (WHERE MY DOGS AT)
NaS: Come on maaaan what else can i say “Illmatic” is a hip hop classic and No:1 Album to go too. If “Illmatic” isnt in your recommendations then im sorry but you aint hip hop hahaha go bump some “Lil Yachty” Sh*** …….PS “Lonzo Ball”
Q. When writing, what do you look for in a beat?
A. A lot of artists now-a-days seem to be doing this Auto-Voice, Quick Syllable rhyming (Which half the time makes no sense), Plain Beat Futurist GARBAGE. New artists AND Old artists (who change their ways just because its popular) seem to all be doing it, Its like this massive pool of trash doin the same thing over an over there is no uniqueness anymore and their all fighting for this one spot which is the dream BUT? you all sound the same?
With me i grew up in the generation of hip hop where lyrics & making your music sound TIGHT was everything to the listener and ive stuck by that from day 1
I’ve been told from me stayin this way its made me unique
Like when people see me they instantly know im hip hop affiliated and thats because back then in the 90s/00s character/image was everything too
(I havnt caught the bus like the rest who are following these trends i waited at the bustop haha)
Q. What are your plans for 2018?
A. I actually want to get back into the studio ASAP! My 2nd album (Understand Me) released in 2013 so its been 4yrs (Almost 5) since ive released anything NEW ive kinda been slackin on music because i’ve been getting into alot of acting, but i miss music sooo much specially the high/adrenaline of crafting new work. Ive got a tonne of work to do!
At the moment i have a TONNE of beats on my ipod, most are other peoples instrumentals even from the likes of Greek Producer “Yanni”, but when i sit back an listen to them i can hear them sounding like masterpieces so when the time comes ill figure out how to use them.
Also for my 3rd album i want to do a double disc and pile as much music/craft out as possible. Thats all i can say at this point nothing more, Cant wait its gonna be one hell of a rollercoaster….2018 fans will definitely hear something once again from Mugzy!
Q. Any shout outs or special mentions?
(1st) I want to give a BIG BIG Shout Out/Thanks to my man “Jack Matthews” and you guys at “Knowledge Is Power Promotions” for being willing to do this interview with me, it means a lot because the more opportunity i get myself, the better chance i get my name heard (YA HEARD) haha. So thank you guys i wish you all the best with future endeavors
(2nd) I want to give MAD LOVE to my 15k & OVER Fans for supportin my journey it blows my mind daily seeing the number of followers i have, so thank you.
(3rd) I want to give MAD RESPECT to the Pioneers/Fathers of hip hop who started it off. If it wasnt for them i dont know if hip hop hop would even exist today! So thank you guys for giving me something in life…..You guys saved my life.