Proud and unapologetic, Mantra’s latest single Loudmouth is the self-examination of an artist who can’t help but shoot his mouth off. From class clown to one of Australia’s most loved MCs, Mantra’s rise to prominence is chronicled in Loudmouth, which finds the Melbourne rapper yet again mixing vocabulary with philosophy.
Newly-signed to Ten To Two Records – his first label since signing with Obese in 2010 – Mantra is back in top form, following on from his groundbreaking second album, 2011’s Speaking Volumes. Produced by One Above (Hilltop Hoods), Mantra’s history as a beatmaker shines through on the track’s infectious rhythms, as does his ability to pen a hook. Each chorus sinks deeper into the brain as the beat sinks deeper into the soul.
Without flinching, Mantra draws his line in the sand. ‘I am a loudmouth / Like it or not I am never gonna pipe down / I’ve been the same since playing on the playground / Which is why I’m never gonna put the mic down’.
Uncompromising and razor-sharp, Mantra’s wit has always been his weapon, and his flair for rhyme and meter have made him one of Australia’s best rappers. Publicly yet astutely labelled ‘your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper’, Mantra has been blazing a trail for himself since 2005 with a tenacity that no one can question.
Wrapped up in autobiographical truth and suitably smartarse humour, Loudmouth is Mantra’s tenacity incarnate.