BORNEO HIP HOP
Brunei / Malaysia
Benzooloo, with major influences from internationally acclaimed artists such as Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Hopsin and Watsky, Sabah native Benny Francis (aka Benzooloo) is a fresh face to the local hip hop scene. Having been raised on R&B and Jazz, Ben has gained attention from fans for his ability to incorporate various genres to his music.
Zaed Hani, better known as Zed Peace is a Bruneian rapper who has been active in the scene for nearly a decade. Prior to his solo career, he was part of local rap group called the Micbandits, previously signed to Kartel Records in 2009. Known for his conscious lyricism and catchy rap-style in both Malay & English, Zed has a flare for piecing together hip hop songs that connects him with the audience through wit, and has also produced several hip hop albums and mixtapes.
Unlike your typical pop artist, AraBryd’s energetic music and performance will draw you in and hit you when you least expect it. Hailing from Sarawak, Malaysia, her electronic “Borneo booty bass music” has broken boundaries, making a mark for herself and female artists regionally.
Asyraf Hardy pursued music from the age of 16, and had his first performance with a group called The Ruthless. It was not until 2003 when his music career officially began, where he joined Da Last Matazz. Hardy and members of Da Last Matazz took the opportunity in bringing another producer to join the group when their former producer left to further his studies. From then on MCs In Xtion (M.I.X) was born.