Briggs and Trials are at the forefront of the socially and politically conscious hip-hop movement that is slowly starting to pick up speed across Australia. Increasingly fed up with the plight of their people, and the consequent racism and systemic disadvantage they suffer, Briggs and Trials have remained strong in the face of continued adversity- never once letting go of their individual messages. Proud of their heritages (coming from the the Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindjeri tribes respectively), Briggs and Trials aren’t afraid to be outspoken, so it only makes sense that they join forces for a new, even more outspoken venture together.
Briggs won Album Of The Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards, whereas Trials has worked with just about everyone in the Australian hip-hop scene, from Drapht to Hilltop Hoods and more. Together, now as A.B. Original, the duo have been making their own music inspired by N.W.A and West Side Connection, after forming last year at triple J‘s Beat The Drum event, celebrating 40 years of the radio station. Performing a short but powerful set, a particular highlight was the special performance of the Gurrumul collaboration, The Hunt. Now, they are ready to take their new songs to the people by joining Hilltop Hoods on their national tour this April.
With a debut album in the works coming out later this year, it’s safe to say we can expect to hear a lot more from A.B. Original in the very near future. For now, check out their latest single, 2 Black 2 Strong below, as well as the tour dates for their Hilltop Hoods tour.
Saturday 2 April – Allphones Arena, Sydney NSW
Friday 8 April – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD
Saturday 16 April – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA (sold out)
Saturday 23 April – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 30 April – Perth Arena, WA
Tickets available here
Groovin’ The Moo
Monday 25 April – Groovin’ The Moo Oakbank