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Published on August 2nd, 2019 | by Jerry Doby


Premiere: West Australian Hip Hop Crew K9INES Drop Visuals for New Banger ‘Shakey’

Following the success of ‘Century’ and ‘Juggathon’ hitting screens Australia wide after being added on MTV Australia’s Call and Response HipHop Show, the trailblazing West Australian hip hop trio of Figuero Jones, Black Napoleon and producer ErikiBeatz (K9INES) have dropped their third music video offering in ‘Shakey’.

After the K9INES success of accumulating over 500 thousand Spotify streams from their newly released ‘Gully SZN’ project alone, the bouncy banger that is ‘Shakey’ is truly brought to life with the assistance of Perth based videographers Sondar Films. The video further displays the trio’s versatility but also exhibits a more playful, wavy vibe that will keep heads nodding and bouncing the whole way through.

‘Gully SZN’ as a whole has seen great success in its short release having been featured on official Spotify Playlist such as ‘AU/NZ’s New Music Fridays’ and ‘The Drip’ as well as Apple Musics ‘Best of The Week’ and ‘The New Australia’. Publications and Radio also have shown overwhelming love and support, being covered by popular media outlets such as RTR FM and Life Without Andy.

The Hype Magazine got the guys to weigh in on a few things:

Figuero Jones and Black Napoleon (press photo)

Tell us about your current project!

FIGUERO: to me, GS1 is all about cementing our place in the AUS Hip Hop game and building a strong foundation for my team in the process. It’s a reflection of who are we as artists in this city and what we bring to the table as “new” artists. Also, it’s extremely saucey 

NAPOLEON: GS1 was tape for the city, displaying the culture and new direction but also solidifying us in the game.

What pulled you together as a group?

FIGUERO: just living and growing up in the city together and meeting each other, we were always into the same things besides music and that so it just matured into what we have now – the business. 

NAPOLEON: Just known each other for a while being in a small city but it was eventually the music that brought us together and made this happen.

What is the Hip Hop music landscape like on your side of the pond?

FIGUERO: over here in Perth it’s very diverse, there’s a wide variety of soundscapes that make up the identity of the city. We’re very much isolated compared to the rest of AUS so we’re often left alone to our own devices, and I guess in this case; “sounds” 

NAPOLEON: As FJ said it’s very diverse and we’re still searching for an identity as a city in music in the music game so it gives us that chance to be innovative and work on our craft.

What’s on your horizon for 2019?

FIGUERO: more music!

NAPOLEON: More bangers for ya head top

The Hype Magazine wants to know: What’s been your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?! Or “WTF?!” moment thus far in your career?

FIGUERO: it hasn’t got THAAT crazy yet but like everyone always asks me where I got my name from and I always go into an in-depth story about it but to sum it nicely – the name “Figuero” just came to me while I was writing a song, and it was based on the masterpiece Beethoven made. And those melodies flooded my head with the word “Figuero” attached to it and I just decided then and there that’d be my name. “Jones” just rolled nicely off the tongue and a few days after I googled the meaning to these words and “Figuero” came up with  – hustler/pimp lifestyle and “Jones” came up with – the addiction to. At that moment, everything made sense and I’ve never looked back. 

NAPOLEON: nothing too shocking has happened as we’re still in early stages but it surprises me a little bit as to who pays attention to our music and how far our music can reach, sometimes we can underestimate that.


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