Untamed and unashamed, hip hop artist Mbezzel is putting on one hell of a show.
“I was having a few drinks and came up with the name for the show, 'Hell's Kitchen',” says the local hip hop artist. “It's been used before but there's something about it that suits our style. It wouldn't suit if it was called 'Candy Land' or something like that.”
Ready and waiting with uncompromising lyrics and a chainsaw tongue, Mbezzel is committed to dropping his sharp sound on a new audience. “I got a taste for the stage. When I came back [from Sydney last month], all I wanted was a [local] gig but I found out in Brisbane you can't just play a set, you have to put on a whole night. So I met the boys and we were all keen. It took a lot of phone calls and a couple of emails but when we got the venue, we were thrilled,” he says.
Although at times his music can be explicit, passionate and chaotic, Mbezzel also displays a calmer side to his music. “I think it's important to keep it real, but I'm going to tone it down a couple of notches so that I can reach a wider audience — but I'll keep the same themes and feelings in the music. I've got two young daughters and I'm doing this so they can be proud of their dad one day.”
Developing his sound is an organic process, starting with the bassline before layering beats and writing lyrics to give a harder edge to his tracks. “I like to freestyle but if I'm working on an album track where I've paid a bit of money for the beat or a clip, I'll put a lot more time into those.”
Influenced by artists such as Dilated Peoples and local hip hop act Lazy Grey, Mbezzel found his musical home with hip hop. “Hip hop speaks from the soul; it's raw, it's real and it's been around for 30 years and it's still going strong. I don't think I've made my best rap yet. I've started recording, making clips and my album's coming out at the start of next year, so the best is yet to come.”
Mbezzel plays Hell’s Kitchen alongside Doomzday Dreamers and Def Men Walking at The Trans Hotel December 7.