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"FIGGKIDD - single review for track - FEEL GOOD"

Sydney rapper FIGGKIDD returns with his comeback track FEEL GOOD, taken from his forthcoming self-titled second album.

After spending most of 2006 writing and recording, it is evident that the 25 year old has matured as an artist. Featuring a vocal sample from the legendary Mr James Brown before his passing, re-mixed to feel ‘sampled’; Brown not only approved the sample, but also personally offered his vocals for use on the track.

Figgkidd’s original Aussie lyrics and vocal delivery combine with the original James Brown track to create a catchy and well-crafted end product. Figgkidds’ latest offering will make program directors at CHR Nights Feel Good!
- THE MUSIC NETWORK - FEB 2007


"REPRESENT LAUNCH - GAELIC CLUB, SYDNEY 2006"


The energy level travelled up several notches with the feisty performance of FiggKidd and DJ Eko, complemented by an astronomically vertical mohawk adorning one of the MCs. Unfortunately the mic volume was up way too loud, so it was hard to make out any lyrics, but once again you got the point of what they were saying.

DJ Eko returned to the stage, attempting to slow everyone’s heart rate – probably for health reasons, if nothing else. - inthemix.com.au


"ROLLING STONE - ALBUM REVIEW 2006"

THIS IS FIGGKIDD, the latest addition to Australian Hip-Hop, who comes laden with expectations.

What Is figgkidd? is genius, combining re-freshingly twisted beats and swift lyrical assaults with a sly delivery and humour.

Tim Duggan - ROLLING STONE - 2006


Discography


WHAT IS FIGGKIDD (ALBUM -2004)
I GOTTA KNOW feat TECH N9NE & REDFOO (SINGLE - 2004)
MY OH MY (SINGLE - 2005)
THIS IS FIGGKIDD (RE-RELEASE ALBUM + DVD – 2005)
FAIRYTALE MASTER (SINGLE - 2005)
FEEL GOOD (SINGLE - 2007)
FIGGKIDD (ALBUM – 2007)

FIGGIDD – FIGGKIDD – TRACKLISTING:

1. FEEL GOOD
2. WORK THAT SHHH feat Jade Macrae
3. I AM WHO I AM feat Braille
4. RENT feat Dilated Peoples & Static and Nat Ill
5. MY PEOPLE feat Carmen Smith
6. GET UR KICKS ON
7. PUSH
8. FOR YOU feat Veronica Martinez
9. REWIND feat Bishop
10. LIGHTS GO OUT
11. LOVE & UNDERSTANDING feat Proof (D12), Bishop & Neho
12. APPRECIATION feat Veronica Martinez

WINNER OF:

Best New Artist 2 Radio (2005)
Best New Talent (Inaugural Australia & New Zealand Urban Music Awards 2006)

NOMINATED FOR:

Best Male Talent (Inaugural Australia & New Zealand Urban Music Awards 2006)
Best Album (Inaugural Australia & New Zealand Urban Music Awards 2006)

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Bio


Whilst it’s been only 18 months since the release of “This Is …”, Sydney rapper Figgkidd (Lee Monro) has gone through some serious personal changes. After spending the better part of 2006 writing and recording his upcoming self-entitled second album ‘FIGGKIDD’, it was also during this time Lee (Figgkidd) Monro also endured the ultimate of unpredictable predicaments. Confronting writer’s block, suffering depression, becoming unemployed for the first time in years and just for good measure, becoming a new father. This combination of events made for the perfect reality check and it is through this life experience 25-year-old Lee (Figgkidd) Monro has managed to stay focused during public criticism and personal turmoils, to turn his life around to become a stronger, more dedicated artist.

One listen to Figgkidd’s new album and the maturity is obvious. “I’ve come to accept who I am as an artist”, confesses Figg “I’ve always been criticised for always having a commercial edge to my lyrics and music, but its quite frankly who I am and what I listen to along with other styles and genres, it’s the musical trademark I’ve come to accept and right now I feel really good about it, it’s what makes me different from the other rappers who spit the underground style”.

Whilst Figgkidd was scouting for beats for the new album back in early 2006, a young producer, who handed him a CD full of beats after an event he had been hosting in Burwood, approached him. Little did Figgkidd realise that the young talented producer called Ace Wonder was only 16 at the time and was producing while still goin to school. Always looking for unsigned talent to work with Figgkidd was so impressed with the young producer, he trusted him to produce a majority of the new album under the Executive Producer guidance of Lui (unda K9).

Although not usually fazed by industry heavy-weights Figg’s previous bio reads like a hip hop who’s who, his previous associations with big industry players such as Grammy award winning mixing engineer Richard ‘Segal’ Hurredia (Dr Dre, Eminem, D12, Xzibit, Snoop, Swollen Members), Proof (D12), Tech N9Ne, DJ Babu (Dilated Peoples), Peter Coppes (The Church), Brian ‘Big Bass’ Gardner at Grundman’s (Dr Dre, Snoop, Eminem), RedFoo aka Stefan Gordy, Steve Balbi (Noiseworks & Universe), Tim Dog, Static, Nomb (Goodfellas-Universal), Redzone (Britney Spears, Madonna), Neff-U Feemstar (Dr Dre, Ne-Yo) and having toured and performed along side such artists as Cypress Hill, Nelly, Kool Keith & Kutmasta Kurt & Digital Underground (Park Jam 2005) and Ugly Duckling was what Figgkidd called “A very humbling experience, especially for a guy out of Bankstown Australia”.

Listeners won’t be disappointed in the guest appearances on the new album, nor the topics, this new album addresses, issues ranging from a comeback track called ‘FEEL GOOD’ Figgkidd’s first single from the album featuring the recent vocals of the legendary of Mr James Brown before his passing, re-mixed to feel ‘sampled’. “This track is a killer,” says Figgkidd, “I still can’t believe Mr. James Brown not only approved it, but then gave us his vocals to use on it. We have been blessed with an extraordinary experience in an extraordinary circumstance”.

On a powerful track like ‘RENT’ which features Dilated Peoples and Static and Nat Ill (Denmark), “It’s an omission track about the fact that hip hop does not pay my rent” says Figg, a circumstance too close to home for many in the music industry. “This track is my reality check, it’s a track I know a lot of people will relate to, anywhere in the world, coz it’s such a universal struggle” confesses Figg “ When you are trying to make it as an artist, the rent is always “That Beast” that either makes you stronger or weaker, because it has that ability to make you homeless” “when you are not earning that much money and trying to support a family and trying to make it as an artist, it’s very, hard to keep your head above water, ironically, rent is one of those things that can haunt you or shape you for the rest of your life”

‘FOR YOU’ is a track dedicated to Lee’s daughter Phoebe Leone. “When Phoebe came into our lives in 06, my whole perspective changed, suddenly this little person was the most important person in the whole world to me”, “She actually changed the way I look at women and at myself, Phoebe gave my album a new holistic direction, I could have written a whole album for her, about her, having her was the most amazing experience in my life, I owe it to her for forcing me to find my new found maturity’

Not afraid to show a personal side Figgkidd expresses his feelings of self acceptance on tracks like ‘I AM WHO I AM’ a New York style hype track in which Figg features with underground New York rapper Braille and ‘PUSH’ a track which vents Figg’s observation about the music industry. “Yeah, I just want to let people know, that this is it, what you see is what you get with me, I used to listen