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Street Warriors – Solid Rock

Newcastle boys, the Street Warriors (brothers Abie and Warwick Wright – aka Predator and Wok) are familiar faces on the Australian hip hop scene and well respected pioneers of Indigenous hip hop.

The brothers are currently promoting their debut album, ‘Unstoppable Force’ which was recently launched by Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts as part of his Breakthrough Artist initiative at the Carriageworks, Redfern.

Street WarriorsRising from the ashes of groundbreaking Deadlys winning hiphop group Local Knowledge, Street Warriors released their first EP, ‘Real Knows Real’ in 2007. Two of the songs on the EP are featured on the inaugural Gadigal and ABC Music CD, the ‘Making Waves Hip Hop’ album released 14 April, 2009. Their rage anthem Look at Me recently saw them garner Best Band, Best Single and Best Video Awards at the inaugural BUMP Indigenous Hip Hop and Rap awards in Sydney.

The boys have rocked local and international crowds in excess of 10,000 and appearances have included major festivals such as Yabun, Homebake, Stylin’ Up, The Great Escape, and Groovin’ the Moo, The Dreaming and Woodford Folk Festival and a string of NAIDOC dates and support to major artists such as 50 Cent and G Unit.

Street Warriors have built a loyal following around the country on the back of their energy filled live shows, poignant lyrics and their unique musical messaged culminating in nominations for Best Band at the Deadly Awards in 2008 and Single of the Year for Solid Rock in 2009. The song was nominated before its release, such was the buzz from their live launch of the song at the Dreaming in June 2009.

Their debut album ‘Unstoppable Force’ features beats by Melbourne beat maker Unknown & Lewis (Twice as Nice) and original lyrics on all the tracks by Street Warriors, including a special Street Warriors reworking of the classic Goanna hit, ‘Solid Rock’ where the boys combine classic Aussie rock with their Deadly hip hop.

The song features Shane Howard from Goanna playing his famous guitar riff, the original backing singers and a special guest appearance by Shannon Noll on chorus vocals. Shannon also appears in the video, along with famed Torres Strait Island dancer, Albert David. Shot on mother country in Gunnedah, the clip pays homage to the Street Warriors’ ancestor, Red Chief Kangaroo (Cumbo Gunnerah).

Shane Howard, who assisted in the recording of the track, says, “This version is its own animal and I am absolutely honoured and thrilled to be working with the boys on this exciting new version of ‘Solid Rock’.”

The song is currently building a buzz off the back of some special performances with Shane Howard including the Opening Ceremony for the Dreaming Festival at Woodford and rocking a capacity crowd at the Opera House in October to close this year’s Deadly Awards. The video clip won Silver at the Australian Cinematographer’s Awards in the Music Clip category and is currently a Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition’s Music Video category, based out of the U.S.

Adding sonic energy in the mixing is Benjamin Grotto (Aerosmith, Dresden Dolls) and mastering by Tom Coyne at Sterling-Sound, NYC. The album is available in all good retail stores through GoSet/MGM and oline at

Catch Street Warriors live at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday April 30.

  • What: Street Warriors Breakthrough Tour
  • Where: Cambridge Hotel
  • When: Friday 30th April, 2010

For more information visit the Street Warriors website at

Posted on March 25th, 2010 in Artists, Events

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