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solo artist & member of Loose Change

Joel Rapaport is a hip hop MC, guitarist and producer; co-founder and managing director of Big Village Records; creator and director of improvised hip hop and art theatre show, Sketch the Rhyme; and founder and manager of School of Rap, a hip hop music education organisation. He released his debut album, Laughing on The Inside, in 2009 and his forthcoming album, Village Idiot, will be released mid 2017. The first single, “What I Got”, was nominated for Best Song at FBi’s 2016 SMAC awards, following FBi radio rotation. In 2012, he released the album, Listening Party, as a member of hip hop trio Loose Change. The single “Shoosh” was added to Triple J rotation and the group won Triple J Unearthed’s NIDA video competition for their song “Grown Up” in 2013. Rapaport has won several MC competitions including the Middleweight section of “Word Adelaide’s Freestyle Rap Competition” in 2014, FBI Iron Lyricist Battle in 2009, and runner up in the National Scribble Jam battle in 2006, which featured in ABC’s documentary Aussie Battlers. Rapaport is the creator and director of Sketch the Rhyme, an improvised hip hop and visual art gameshow. The group have performed at numerous festivals, including Perth Festival in 2016, Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011, Woodford Folk Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2013, Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2013, Melbourne Fringe Festival, and Sydney Comedy Festival.