A-Love is a female Australian-based MC from Melbourne. Her debut album, Ace of Hearts was nominated ‘Best Urban Release’ in the ARIA Music Awards of 2008.
Appeared on Culture of Kings Vol. 2 Released in 2002
born Antonella Formosa in Rome, Italy on 21 March 1983. Formosa’s father, Ric Formosa, a composer/arranger and an original member (lead guitarist) with the Australian band Little River Band and her mother, Vicki Formosa, was an R&B singer.
Rest assured, if I was a better singer, I’d be a soul singer! [MCing] was just something that I fell in love with in my teens. I’ve always been heavily into lyricism, no matter what kind of musical style I’ve been interested in. The fact that hip hop let you just not mince words and be really direct and cram so much more content and originality into your lyrics than singing was the biggest thing for me.
In January 2000, Formosa met Draino from the Puah Hedz. He was keen to check out her writing and despite her reluctance, he made her feature on a track. The second track that she had ever recorded was with Muphin, which later became “Some People” which featured on the album Despite the Odds. She has since appeared numerous times on Triple J‘s ‘The Hip Hop Show’, PBS‘ ‘The Formula’ (now ‘Hittin Switches’) and ‘Auscultation’, RRR‘s ‘Wordburner’ and RMIT University‘s SRA FM. She was progressing towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from La Trobe University and for two years she was the co-host of a hip hop radio show at La Trobe University.
Formosa was a winner of the Nescafe Big Break competition in 2002, earning $20,000 with which to start up an independent record label and distribution company, Duality Records.
Formosa released her debut album, Ace of Hearts on 24 November 2007, on Crookneck Records. The album was produced by BVA (Mnemonic Ascent) with additional beats from Suffa (Hilltop Hoods) and Jase. Guests include Yungun (UK), Raph (Mnemonic Ascent), Spikey Tee (UK) and emerging indigenous MC Jim Blah. It was Triple J’s ‘Album of the Week’ just three days after its release and was nominated for the 2008 ARIA Awards in the category of ‘Best Urban Release’.
Formosa has performed with Mystik Journeymen (US), Anticon, Hilltop Hoods, Pegz, MC Layla, Kowhai, Bliss n Eso, Scarz on 45, MC Que, TZU, Bias B and DJ Brand (Canada).
Featured on ‘Straight From The Art’ in 2004