Indigenous Hip Hop/Soul group from Brisbane.
cousins with Birdz
Based around the core of front-man MC Rival (aka Fred Leone) and DJ Returnagain (aka James Vincent)
Renowned Australia wide, their list of award nominations reads like a tome. Deadly Award Nominated Artists in 2008 ; 2010, they were 2010 QSONG finalists in the “Song of The Year” category, 2010 QSONG winners in the “Urban” category and previously, JB Seed Speak: ‘Indigenous Hip Hop Competition’ Winners.
Impossible Odds recently Won a coveted Q Song (Queensland Music Industry) Award in the Category of Urban and was also a Finalist in Song of The Year Category
widely known for their Triple J featured tracks “Laugh It Off “; “Hey People”
Band Members – Fred Leone, James Vincent with Kaylah Tyson, Callum Robertson,
Core of the group Fred Leone aka Rival MC is ; by James Vincent aka DJ Returnagain joined by the newest member Kaylah “KaylahTruth” Tyson With live support from Tony McCall on Drums, Samuel Vincent on Bass, Callum “Caski” Robertson on MPD, Troy Allen, Jason Sandy ; George Hopkins (Traditional Aboriginal Dancers)
In 2007 Impossible Odds won the national JB SEED, SPEAK: INDIGENOUS Hip Hop Competition which saw them record their first EP. The EP later went onto to receive Single of The Week ; Release of The Week in QLD music street press magazines Time Off ad Rave and saw “Laugh It Off” featured on Qantas International In-flight Radio ; gain 5 Stars from ABC Indigenous Online. Also, 2 Deadly Awards, 4 Queensland Music Awards, 2 National Indigenous Music Awards ; 3 Indigenous Hip Hop R;B BUMP Awards
–Brisbane’s Impossible Odds is fast becoming cemented into the Australian Music Industry in not only their chosen genre, but also with collaborations with Industry legend Archie Roach and international folk phenomena Xavier Rudd.Impossible Odds Fred Leone aka Rival MC and James Vincent aka DJ Returnagain as the two core members with the new addition to the crew Kaylah Tyson aka KaylahTruth. Live support comes from Drummer Tony McCall, Bass Player Sam Vincent & Callum Robertson aka Calski on MPD. Returnagain also doubles on the keysPolitically minded, with a view unique to urban First Nations Australia Impossible Odds brings fresh organic beats laced with intelligent and soulful lyrics.
Over the course of the past few years Impossible Odds has made leaps and bounds in establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. In 2007 they won the JB SEED Speak Indigenous Hip Hop Competition in which they received a $25,000 recording grant. 2008 saw the release of the JB SEED funded EP self titled “Impossible Odds” which caused the following big waves:
Single of the Week (Time Off Magazine )
Release of the Week (Rave Magazine )
Five Stars (ABC Online )
Dual Rotaion on Triple JJJ Radio for the EP tracks “Laugh it Off” & “Hey People
Since 2008 Impossible Odds has received 1o Award Nominations including:
4 Queensland Music Award Nominations including the category ‘Song of The Year” with a win in the ‘Urban’ category in 2011
3 National Indigenous Music Award Nominations
3 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Hip Hop & R&B BUMP Award nomination
performed alongside Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Kev Carmody, Xavier Rudd, Wolf Mother ; Public Enemy. Fred Leone has also collaborated and performed with Archie Roach and Xavier Rudd, Ethno In Transit ; The Ethno Folk Club. Impossible Odds has performed at Inala Stylin Up Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming Island Vibe, ReggaeTown ; Brisbane Festivals
“Hip-hop has breakdancing, we have shake-a-leg,” says Rival MC from Aboriginal hip-hop group Impossible Odds. “Hip-hop has a deejay, we’ve got a didge player; hip-hop has an emcee, we’ve got a songman; hip-hop has graffiti, we’ve got the oldest graffiti in the whole world with our artwork. So it’s only natural that we just pick hip-hop up, gel with it, and be able to use it as a tool to voice our opinions today.” Unlike many rappers, Indigenous emcees also use hip-hop as it was originally intended – as a tool against black oppression.