Unity through hip-hop is the mission with Lawalah Vets, the brand new five song EP by Malaysian rap crew Lawalah Familia and Boston based rap duo N.B.S. aka Natural Born Spitters. Lawalah Familia is a collective that has over twenty members from all Malaysia.
Benzooloo, Sabbala and Rahhh 5 Kaki are amongst the collective’s most popular members. Lawalah Familia has been steadily growing their fanbase in Malaysia since they released their debut mixtape Ramai Lagi Lawa back in 2015. N.B.S, comprised of cousins E’Flash and Vee Knuckles have released multiple albums and mixtapes over the past five years, such as Trapped In America which was fully produced by the world famous Snowgoons from Germany and BudaVets which was a collaboration with artists and producers from Hungary.
N.B.S. are known by their catchphrase and popular hashtag #ItsTheVets on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Lawalah Vets is a true blend of Western and Asian ideas, with each song on the EP containing lyrics in both English and Malay languages.
Lawalah Vets was released online on June 15th, 2018 as a joint venture between Goldensound Studios Sdn. Bhd. and Lawalah Familia’s own label Mic Belakang Pintu Records. The EP is available worldwide on digital music platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, Deezer and many more and from today, you cna hear their tracks on Asian Pop Radio's 247 radio stream.
Goldensound Studios is a music production company and an independent record label operating under GSS Records. Goldensound Studios/GSS Records is owned by Berklee College Of Music graduate Ian Koren. In 2010, Ian met N.B.S. while he was a student in Boston, as he secured an audio production internship for the duo and their independent label Big Bang Records. Ian reunited with N.B.S. in September 2017, when he organised two hip-hop concerts in Malaysia and invited N.B.S. to perform.
Lawalah Familia also performed at both those concerts, known as the Hip-Hop Kings Festivals Selangor and Penang. Ian had the idea to bring together N.B.S. and Lawalah Familia to collaborate on a project, as he saw that both groups had a lot in common musically and stylistically even though they were from two diff erent worlds.
The official album release party for Lawalah Vets will be held at Club SIX in Bangsar on Tuesday, July 24th 2018 beginning at 7pm until 10pm. The Lawalah Vets launch party will feature performances by Lawalah Familia where they will debut new material off the project and a special guest DJ appearance. If you are in Malaysia, be there!
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Media Release: Darren Teh, AHM Records