Hip-hop duo takes on the Environment

CANBERRA hip hop duo Coda Conduct, is made up of Erica Mallett and Sally Coleman–just Eric and Sally around the traps–and they’ve just launched a new track, “Matter More.”

The best way to find it is to go on YouTube where the film clip is backed by Chris Toby’s vocals.

What makes the duo’s work so exceptional is that their work and this song look at the destruction of Australia’s natural environment

Coda Conduct is about 18 months old and is estimated by several hip-hop experts we spoke to today to be part of a new generation replacing the grandfathers of hip-hop in Canberra, Koolism, D’Opus and Roshambo as they take on social issues.

“Citynews” spoke to Coleman today about Coda Conduct’s involvement in a local collaborative project called Capslock Collective, which aims to build the local hip-hop community and raising Canberra’s status to the national level. Others hip hop artists in the collective are Conduct, Context, Nix, Semantix, Stateovmind and Toddla and according ot Coelan they have some “pretty exciting projects’ coming up later in the year.

In the last nine months in Canberra, Coda Conduct have provided the live music for the Friday night collections at Fashfest, opened the stage at ANU ‘O’ Day, played at UC Stone Day, and been invited to perform before the Brumbies match at GIO stadium.

“Matter More” follows their previous, more light-hearted video, “Watch This Space”, which saw the duo on a bright red couch on wheels.

Mallett and Coleman produced, wrote and recorded the new song to raise concern over the proposed increase of mining and mineral exploration in the Tarkine, and planned coal port development alongside the Great Barrier Reef.

“It’s so hard to do that without sounding preachy” Mallett says. The solution was to use their own experiences of growing up, with a blend of family home footage with shots of the pair rapping in front of scenery of Royal National Park scenery.

Sure, it’s serious, but it seems to work.

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