Get To Know Crabitat And His New Release “Ounce of Rhymes”

Crabitat is a musician and composer who is located in Perth, Australia. He is proficient in the rap and hip-hop artistic styles. A new original album by Crabitat named “Ounce of Rhymes” has just been made available. During our conversation with him, we exchanged a few questions and responses. The following are some exclusive insights about Crabitat and his newest release.



What’s your official stage name and why did you choose it?

Crabitat, it is a name chosen or rather it evolved from the Crabitat Channel. This is a YouTube channel I made and managed for a few years. As the first songs I did were published on this channel the name has stuck.


Follow Crabitat on: Soundcloud and YouTube.


How would you describe the music you typically create?

The music is boom bap hip hop with blends of funk, electronic, and jazz. I’d like to describe it as progressive old school.


Who (living or dead) inspires you as an artist and why?

The Beastie Boys inspired me to make music and continue to inspire me to make music. Their sound so often fits so well as a package from lyrical content to vocal delivery and musical elements. That it can draw you in and make you feel part of their brand. Being a part of something gives purpose, meaning and inspiration. The way they messed with their vocals and played off each other lyrically always set them apart in my opinion. Other inspiration is garnered from early 90’s hip hop because it was so impactful at the time, in particular Ice Cube, Public Enemy, RUN DMC, Cypress Hill, Naughty by Nature, Digital Underground, De La Soul. I would say those mentioned have had a lifelong musical inspirational effect while just scratching the surface of those who have inspired myself as an artist.


What’s your creative process like?

The music is created from collaborating with beat makers from anywhere in the world. The current album released was a collaboration with 10 different beat makers. The beats were chosen and subsequently the lyrics written. Lyrical ideas are difficult to manufacture on demand so rap lyricists generally write ideas down in a rhyme book that can be drawn upon as needed. Ideas can come and go and with my bad memory it’s necessary to ink them before they’re gone forever.


What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who listen to your music?

I hope there is a connection, for the listener to have a sense the music is pushing things forward for old school boom bap in a positive way. I don’t like to involve downtrodden lyrical content but rather approach the future from an optimistic standpoint. In doing this hopefully the listener can harness some positive energy and use it to embrace or aspire to embrace the future with a positive or more positive thought process.


Get To Know Crabitat And His New Release "Ounce of Rhymes"
Get To Know Crabitat And His New Release “Ounce of Rhymes”


What is the best advice you’ve been given in relation to music?

Now that I have started doing live shows, I have been getting a lot of great advice to help with that aspect. The best advice, to get my freestyle dialled in to help with any lyrical gaffs. Then I may roll through forgetting lyrics hopefully without ruining a performance.


Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?

I find the natural world fascinating and have an interest in the forces behind the sustainability of the Earth. In particular, the rock and water cycles. To go out in the natural world and look at a location’s interactions and interpret how it came to be and what will become of it. I also enjoy some sports and follow Australian rules football and American basketball in particular.


What is this new release about?

It is about meshing the sound of this album with old school boom bap hip hop and aspires to find a place in the genre’s history. The album touches on universal themes without taking them too seriously and aspires to raise awareness. It is about the fact that hip hop is a transcendent culture and although I’m Australian I have influence in my subconscious from hip hop abroad. As such it is about giving back, the offering of potential value so that if there is value to be gained for an individual via listening, it is in existence to do so.


What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?

There is a single coming out called “Not The Trap Crap”, which is a tongue in cheek take on the dominance of Trap music in the musical industry at present. Several beats have already been purchased for future works so these will be released one by one or compiled for an EP to be released early next year.


If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

It would be a message of thanks for giving the sound a chance, it is difficult for independent artists to get heard. We, the independent artists, balance the pendulum of hip hop culture making the possibility of a lifestyle somewhat true to its origins possible. Which is that of a spiritualistic culture influenced by mc’ing, dj’ing, break’n and graffiti.

Young and vibrant man I am, God fearing, warm at heart. Music is bae food is life. If you've seen this then you know me!!!

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