Drapht Biography

Drapht is an Australian hip hop singer from Perth, Western Australia. Drapht is a member of the Syllaboliks crew, which comprises fellow Australian hip hop artists from Perth and is currently signed to the Obese Records record label.

Drapht was born, Paul Ridge, in Perth, Western Australia. His father, Garry Ridge, a jazz drummer introduced Drapht to music from a very young age and he had his first taste of hip hop at the age of eight.

Drapht attended Perth Modern School in Subiaco but wasn't involved in the school's music program. At school he did become friends with Damien Allia (aka DJ Armee).

Drapht became a vital part of Perth's hip hop crew Syllabolix at the age of 17.

Drapht's first track, "Misunderstood" was released as part of the Culture of Kings - Volume 3 release in 2003.

His first album, Pale Rider, was released in 2003, with all production handled by Dazastah (Downsyde), Fdel and Drapht. Special appearances on the album include: Fdel (Invada Records), Downsyde, MC Layla, Hunter, Selekt, Carlsani and Porsah Lane.

The follow-up, 2005's Who Am I, was also produced by Dazastah (Downsyde), Fdel and Drapht. The songs touch on topics including politics, sex, and addiction to drunken antics. Guest appearances on the album include Pressure (Hilltop Hoods), Downsyde, Layla, Pegz (Obese Records), Clandestien, MJ (Funkola) and Hunter. Two tracks from the album, "Drink Drank Drunk" and "The Music", received minimal airplay on Triple J, mostly on the Super Request program. Who Am I is more an introspective album.

Drapht has opened for acts such as; Hilltop Hoods, Dilated Peoples, Downsyde, Koolism, Apathy, Rodney P & Skitz, Mystro, Killa Kela, and Resin Dogs.

The song "The Music" was selected by Triple J as a featured track for Ausmusic month in 2005. He released a music video for "The Music", which was shown on Rage. He also performed a guest verse on the Hilltop Hoods album The Hard Road on the track "The Blue Blooded".

Drapht was nominated in the Best Urban/Hip Hop Act category at the 2007 West Australian Music Industry Awards.

Drapht's third album, Brothers Grimm, was released 10 May, 2008, with the first song from the album, "Jimmy Recard", receiving significant airplay on Triple J.

Drapht appeared for the first time in a Triple J Hottest 100 with two entries in the 2008 countdown; Jimmy Recard at number 10 and Falling at number 77.
In March 2009 Drapht undertook a national tour of Australia with fellow Western Australians, Downsyde with a number of the eastern states performances being supported by Pez.
Source: wikipedia.org
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