Joining Street Elite Records, WA-born rapper Knowledge Bones aka Black Dundee is quickly making a name for himself as one of the country’s most promising MCs. With a deft skill for free styling, he is becoming known for turning heads wherever and whenever he spits.
Coming from a mixed Aboriginal and Anglo-Saxon background, Knowledge never had it easy growing up and constantly struggled for acceptance from both sides because of his mixed-race bloodlines. As an outlet, he begin writing poetry at the age of 13, soon progressing to free styling at 16. Such was his yearning for expression, his hand could barely keep up with his lightening quick mind, “every line would rush to my head so fast I’d have to freestyle into a tape recorder, then write them down later,” he remembers.
Buoyed on by the likes of West Coast heroes Ice Cube, Dr Dre, Eazy E, Ras Kass and East Coast MCs such as Mos Def, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, The Beatnuts and The Notorious BIG, Knowledge Bones was inspired to put his rapidly developing rapping skills to the test and would make regular trips into the city to pit his flow against Perth’s best street MCs. In 2003, he entered his first battle Word War 1, advancing through to the finals in Melbourne where he battled it out against New Zealand’s finest, beating Con Psy, before losing to highly regarded Weapon X in the second round. Not long after he was booked to perform alongside Grandmaster Flash, for the hip hop pioneer’s Perth show on his first ever Australian tour.
From this point on, Knowledge Bones was on his way. His silky skills saw him go on to support Naughty By Nature later that year and experience arguably the biggest thrill of his young lifetime when Wu Tang Clan luminary RZA invited him and his crew onstage to drop some impromptu verses. With his reputation continuing to build within the Perth scene, Knowledge went on to support the impressive Chinese-American rapper Jin and play Beatfest in 2004, before joining the line-up for the Bugg’n festival alongside Method Man, Redman, DJ Premier and Rahzel, as well as playing support to Blackalicious in 2005. In 2006, the spoils continued to flow, with Knowledge scoring himself a performing slot alongside revered locals Weapon X & Ken Hell on the WA-leg of their ‘More Better Tour’, as well as playing the Scribble Jam tour in Melbourne.
With his live performances continuing to garner him a loyal fan base, it’s little surprise Knowledge’s impressive skills were sought by groundbreaking female rapper Layla on her debut LP ‘Heretik’ in 2005, with the MC joining Ciecmate and Newsense to collaborate on the ‘Matador Crushes’ track. Later in 2005, Knowledge, together with DJ Complex, under the name ‘High Definition’, issued the highly-praised ‘City of Lights’ LP. This album was a significant release for Knowledge, particularly because of his collaboration with rising Street Elite’s star Surreal on the track ‘Feel the Pressure’. When the Melbourne rapper returned home and played the joint to Peril, the hip hop legend was so impressed that he signed the youngster up to his label and got him to drop a verse on one of the tracks featured on his massive debut ‘King of the Beats’ album mid 2006. High Definition are currently hard at work on a follow-up EP and Knowledge Bones is recording his solo album, both set for release through the Street Elite imprint.
As someone who is fiercely proud of his Aboriginal heritage, Knowledge also raps under the name Black Dundee – an ode to his indigenous roots, with the first volume in his series of mixtapes, which first circulated in February 06, exhibiting the true depth of the 23-year-old’s talent over twenty-seven dexterous cuts.
Knowledge Bones album Eyes On The Prize coming soon.