Exciting newcomer Mr Big Stuff has released his brilliant, hooky debut single I Need Space, featuring synthpop auteurs Strange Talk. Mr Big Stuff, otherwise known as Gregory Truman, has also announced a quirky and fun video clip to accompany the track, created in collaboration with Lionel Towers (Gypsy & The Cat) and Andrew Mortlock (Cookin’ on 3 Burners, The Griswolds). I Need Space is a witty, poppy introduction to this up and coming Australian hip hop artist. – More info below.
Mr Big Stuff’s Top Hip Hop Tracks Of All Time. Plus some honourable mentions.
Nelly – Country Grammar
One of the first records I ever brought was Nelly’s Country Grammar. I had an old orange Sony Discman with the anti-skip feature that would play this single non-stop! I was drawn to the sound, the words and the production that was so new at the time. The lead single country grammar was my most played closely followed by Ride wit Me & E.I. This whole album was a huge influence on my music sound & style. In fact I still have it on my playlist today.
Missy Elliot – Get Ur Freak On
How can I go through my top 5 and not mention HipHop queen Missy Elliot. Still till this day when this track comes on you can’t help but listen to it on repeat. With Timbaland’s signature production it just makes me feel like everything with this track is right. I remember first hearing this song on radio one night on the top 40 count down and it blew me away. The hook is catchy, the lyrics are fire and Missy’s delivery is sublime! Love it!
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – DownTown
This is song is about a moped.. I mean what else do you want from a song! When I first heard this song I fell in love chorus and lyricism. It takes you from old skool Hiphop to current day Pop and then back to B-Boy Funk. The video clip is hilarious and it really connects with how fun this song is. I was lucky enough to be front row at one of his recent concerts and ended up with the setlist from the show (thanks Mr. Security man)
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
Kendrick Lamar is a modern day master! This song builds from the opening and at the end you want to go on that ride all over again. As he says “The funk shall be within you” and it truly is. This song has a special place for me as it really got my butt moving again in music. I was overseas listening to tracks and this beauty came my way. I thought after that song I should really do something with all my written material. Love his dissing of the “ghost writer” rappers and how authentic he is. Legend!
Ludacris feat Small World – Pinky Shinin
When I was young I use to get all the college/mix tape unreleased music I could. This song was top of my list back then and the verse by Small World is just Wow!. Ludacris’s flow on this track is as usual on point, but the verse by Small World really resonated with me and has stuck with me all these years. I’m surprised this song didn’t get a worldwide release and Video and has always remained an underground classic. Give it a listen and you won’t be disappointed!
Honourable mentions are :
Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes on
My close friend Marc and I saw Lupe Fiasco live when this song had just come out. It’s stuck with me since then with it’s strong message and catchy hook.
Chingy – Holidae In Ft Snoop Dogg and Ludacris
Listened to this during class.. It just makes you feel good and want to sing along.
LiL Dicky – Professional Rapper ft Snoop Dogg
The lyricism is insane! Would love to work with this tight arse rapper one day!
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – Lemon
Don’t wait a minute for this track. It’s fire from start to end. Give it a perv!
Eminem, Dr Dre – Forget about Dre
Classic.. I mean wow what a track!
Sir-Mix-a lot – Baby got Back
I grabbed the Mic and rapped this legendary track on our High schools camping trip.. Yeah I killed it hehe
Tupac – Changes
Still so relevant and still one of the best songs ever written.
Thanks for having me guys and I hope some of these are you in your top 5 as well!
Our pleasure! I really like your choices there Dan! Looking forward to hear your upcoming EP!
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I Need Space is a great example of a satisfying and exciting cross-section of pop and hiphop, and it’s impressive to see an artist debut with such a strong, established sound and aesthetic. Cool and collected, Mr Big Stuff’s brilliant lyricism floats cleverly atop a bed of rolling percussion and smooth synths. Strange Talk is the perfect artist to join in on I Need Space, and as the track leans into the chorus, you’ll be hard-pressed to get the vocal hook out of your head. “I Need Space was inspired by a break up close to my family. I was at the studio writing and I got a call from one of the people involved in the breakup. We got talking and as I was holding back tears, they said to me I just need my space,” explains Mr Big Stuff, “I was in a bit of a sad mood, not knowing what to do – so I walked back into the studio, and 5 minutes later I Need Space was born.”
The clip for I Need Space travels far and wide, as the scene jumps from a surrealist library, to a vast desert landscape, to apocalyptic carpark, to an infinite galaxy. The colourful, psychedelic clip is a feast for the eyes, and, juxtaposed against the melancholy theme of the lyrics, presents a vibrant reflection of a relationship that has just ended. It’s fun, it’s strange, and it’s a must-watch, as Mr Big Space explains, “Originally we had a space theme idea and then we kind of went for an idea of space overall – as in, the landscape of space and being transported to different worlds. I had just gotten back from overseas when the idea for the clip was formed, and within a week we had set up filming locations, props, outfits, etc. It was a lot of work by the whole team and I’m very grateful to quality of the content that was produced.”
Mr Big Stuff is a new face on the scene, but it won’t stay that way for long, as an EP is already in the works for the charming hip hop artist. Music and dance has been a passion for Mr Big Stuff since childhood, as he sweetly enthuses, “I love to live life to the fullest. I was in a bad state, mentally and health-wise, for a while there, but now I have a new zest on life. I used to hide away because of my size, but now I embrace it! I got into making music through dancing, and the love and feeling that music gave me. I’m filled with joy to be able to finally come out from the shadows and show the world what has always been inside of me.”