"Heart Of Stone," a 6-song free download ep by 19-year-old Australian rapper Justin Lampson aka J-Rocc, is one of the most amazing things I've heard lately. Anyone with the slightest interest in outsider music will want to take an immediate listen. After all, you don't hear someone with cerebral palsy rapping too often.
J-Rocc (not to be confused with the similiarly-named Beat Junkies dj) speaks and raps slowly, and with great difficulty. I didn't even understand much of what he said at first. Not until the second song was I able to pick up on his lyrics. But he genuinly does have more flow then some rappers I've heard. And he has something to say, kickin' straight positivity, even as he faces some harsh realities. No bitches 'n' bling here. The Syndey hip-hop scene really came thru - the beats are fresh, and the guest emcees who join him on a few songs don't make a big deal about his condition. With a refeshing lack of well-meaning, but ultimately condescending cheerleading/pitying, they simply treat him like he's one of the gang.
That's Tjupurru posing with J in the pic. We wrote about his odd excursions into avant-funk didgeridoo music a while back.
J-Rocc "Heart Of Stone"
Thanks to Lee Ashcroft, the man who introduced Bernie Sizzey to the world. (Bernie's got a new album out, too, by the way.)