ONEFOUR: Against All Odds (2023) Movie Script

Onefour are
Australia's first drill rappers.
The genre is defined in part
by lyrics laden with graphic descriptions
of violence, including gang warfare.
They say
that, uh, children as young as 13
are joining these so-called gangs
that are modeling themselves
on violent US rap culture.
We're saying
that the music that they're promoting
is inciting violence.
The public would expect us
to shut that down.
Stay out of sight, out of mind,
while we get the cops
on that side of the building, just so...
We've gotta stay here, stay out of sight,
just in case they jeopardize the show.
I don't know how comfortable
I'd feel having a child of mine
going to one of these concerts
'cause I'm scared there'll be conflict.
Yeah, there'll be conflict.
The Onefour boys,
they are amazing songwriters.
You hear it, and, um,
and you believe it, you know.
They've made the biggest cultural impact
on the scene in Australia
and haven't been able to perform here.
Onefour have become
the biggest hip-hop group in this country,
but the police won't let them
perform to their fans.
Every single gig they do
just gets shut down.
This story is crazy.
They're like the N.W.A. from this country.
Pretty much, yeah.
The way police handled
that situation was fucking ridiculous.
We pray, Father, this time
that the show will not be disrupted
by any means whatsoever.
I feel like we've come so far,
but if we can't do the show, it's over.
We have intelligence
that there is a likelihood of conflict.
There's no way there'll be
a performance here in New South Wales,
and I'll do everything I can to stop it.
- Hey
- Hey
In the beginning
- There was only me and the gang
- True
Introduced this country to drillin'
All of a sudden, they wanna bang
All of a sudden they all wanna rap
Deal, sing, and loot
All of a sudden they all wanna trap
Drill, ching, and shoot
Trap, drill, ching, and shoot
In the beginning
- It was only me and the gang
- Gang
Introduced this country to drillin'
All of a sudden, they all wanna...
All of a sudden they all wanna trap
Drill, ching, and shoot
All of a sudden, they all wanna trap
Drill ching, and shoot
Trap, drill, ching, and shoot
In the beginning
- It was only me and the gang
- Gang
Introduced this country to drillin'
All of a sudden, they all wanna...
They wanna trap, drill, ching, shoot
All of a sudden, they all wanna trap
Drill, ching, and shoot
Trap, drill, ching, and shoot
I never thought of music
as something that, you know,
I would end up taking as a career.
We didn't see it
as people like us can do music.
It wasn't an option.
We grew up in Mount Druitt.
It's a suburb on the outskirts
of Western Sydney.
There's a really big
Islander community out there.
And we're Samoan.
I've known most of the boys all my life.
I grew up with them.
We were just normal kids, always playing
with other the kids in the street.
Just leave it there.
We come from the church. Don't know
how the fuck we ended up like this.
We didn't really know it at the time,
but Mount Druitt back then was, like... was hectic.
It has that stigma around it,
a place that no one really cares about.
Growing up in Mount Druitt,
there was only,
like, three options for Islanders.
Either footie, the factory,
or a life of crime.
In high school,
they had this Islander class
where they'd try to give advice.
He was telling us,
"Youse are all going to jail."
"Like, every single one of youse."
I remember, like,
the first time I ever watched the news,
it was one of the lads from church
just got his head caved in
from another group of boys, yeah.
After that, any time I watched the news,
it was always about Mount Druitt,
and if they ever spoke about Mount Druitt,
it was just negative.
Mount Druitt. It's also Sydney,
just not the one in the tourist brochures.
You don't wanna go
to Mount Druitt after dark.
No, you... you really don't.
Community groups are pleading for help,
with young people scared to go outside.
For us to feel safe,
it was just to build this bond
where we can, like,
go around the streets and that,
and it was like,
"You got my back, I got your back."
The whole reason the boys started
chilling together was...
was one of our mates
ended up getting jumped, like, real bad.
And then the boys come back,
and they were just like,
"What are we gonna do?" You know?
Like, "We can't just sit here."
And so after that,
we started walking around deep.
If someone was to cross us,
boom, jump straight into it.
Everyone had their Rambos ready
and their blades and shit.
But we've always seen it
as a family from the jump,
so when they labeled us a gang, we...
we already knew
how they were trying to portray us.
We've always had run-ins with police.
They just look at us as, like, criminals.
They used to bash us.
That's what they used to do.
I got a gun, mate.
Stay back.
I got a gun.
This was a time in our lives
where we were always getting into trouble,
going off the rails a bit.
But then we, um...
discovered Street Uni.
We didn't realize at that time
how important it would be.
Esky was the youth leader
just taking care of us headaches.
Street University is a youth center.
It's the place where they can belong
and feel safe
outside of the streets
that surround us in Mount Druitt.
We provide resources and programs
that young people
wouldn't usually get involved with,
and one of the ways that we engaged them
was through the recording studio.
When they introduced us
to the little studio they had,
we were stuck on it.
It was, like, a free recording studio,
so it was perfect for us,
'cause at the time,
we didn't have any money.
We got into it straightaway.
We loved it.
Like, "Shit, we could do
something like that."
I really felt grateful that they had
something to channel their energy into
other than the mischief
they were getting up to.
So I was like, "Man, if you guys are...
if that's your thing,
it's gonna keep you out of trouble,
keep you busy
so you're not on the streets,
I'm good with that."
J Emz was definitely the leader.
He would turn to his group and be like,
"All right, you guys sit there."
"You sit behind the desk."
"I'm just gonna jump on the mic,
and we're gonna start."
I heard of Spenny before I met him.
He was known as the guy that was in front
when it came to, like, the brawls.
I think Spenny,
he was just always that hard case.
The only way he knew
how to solve something was fight.
YP, that's my younger brother,
my blood brother.
He was always the youngest in the crew.
They were like,
"Yo, yo, Esky, listen to this,"
and they would show me one of the songs,
so I'm listening to it,
and I'm like, "Whose voice is that?"
J Emz is like, "That's my brother, YP."
And I was like,
"Wow, bro, a family of musicians."
If I was to describe Cell, yeah, it'll be...
He's a loose cannon, yeah. He's just...
You know, he had it rough growing up.
See, Celly, he always had talent
in rap. He loved rapping.
He wanted to use his rap skills
to paint a picture of what it's like
to grow up in Housing Commission.
So Lekks,
he used to work at Street Uni.
Yeah, he was just like that older bro
that helped us out in the studio
when we started locking in.
Lekks was always a rap-head.
He... He... He loved his music, you know?
I remember the first time
he showed me Harlem Spartans,
which was the drill group
that he was being influenced by.
Lekks goes, "This is the future
of Australian hip-hop right here."
Ah, drill music. Yeah.
Fun for the whole family.
I guess it's a style of rap music.
Emerged out of Chicago
in the early part of the last decade,
throughout the 2010s.
It was kind of like a shock
to the hip-hop scene.
It was just very abrasive and very raw.
A more violent, gritty kind of hip-hop
with pretty explicit lyrics referring
to what life on the streets was like.
A lot of references
to stabbings, to shootings.
It became part
of the international hip-hop mainstream
when it crossed over into the UK,
particularly into London and South London.
What Onefour gravitated towards
was, like, the UK version of drill.
Drill is dark, and it's scary.
It's like a horror movie almost.
And I think drill really did
speak to them when they heard it,
'cause that's exactly
what they were going through.
We loved it. Like, "Shit,
we could do something like that."
So when we started experimenting,
we started making drill.
Ready to do suttin'
Every single one say F-T-P
Fuck you pigs, release my Gs
We're Mount Druitt's real recipe
Before Onefour was even a group,
they were known in the area as a...
I hate using the word "gang,"
but that's...
that's what they were known for.
Gotta say something...
In the early Onefour tracks,
that they were really talking about
the violence in the streets.
Spenny, one day,
he attended my music workshops.
We were gonna go around in a circle
and just share what we wrote.
And as he was sharing,
some of the boys from Onefour
walked past the door and was like,
"Spenny, we gotta go.
There's something going down."
And Spenny looks at me,
and he's like, "Oh, sorry, man."
I'm like, "Nah, it's all good."
And Spenny, like, you know,
dropped the notepad,
and then he left out the door.
It's like this yin and yang.
You have the street,
and then you have the music.
A version of postcode wars
happens all over the world,
from South Central LA
to, you know, Brixton.
It's young people
who find small communities,
and they'll defend that at any cost,
even when it gets tested
by an opposing neighborhood.
There's always been drama
with, you know, certain areas.
I don't know how it started
and all the history behind it.
I just guess growing up around it,
we got sucked into it.
Got to a point
where you couldn't escape it at all.
When I was involved,
uh, in that world,
I experienced multiple deaths.
gang murders, essentially.
All young people in their twenties.
It turned my life around,
and, uh, now I work as a journalist.
Violence becomes the means for you
to achieve a status in these areas.
Like, the only way you can create
an identity for yourself
is through violence.
Well, police have just completed
a citywide crackdown
on violent crime and weapons possession.
There has been ongoing conflict
between two rival gangs,
primarily involving Pacific Islanders.
Rest assured that every single day,
there are men and women
in this organization
who are doing their best
to fight those involved in conflict
for the purpose of making
our streets and communities safe.
In this case, Onefour falls under
the banner of "Mounty County,"
which is the 2770 postcode
in Greater Western Sydney,
and they were at war
with the Inner West Brotherhood
or the 21 District.
Tryna come around, shoulda told 'em
Seventy, sixty...
In drill tracks, a big part
of the music is you also diss as well.
Check yourself, how you act...
I never wanted to rap
until I seen it as a way
where I can diss people I didn't like.
When I went in the studio,
it was just literally just me,
like, passionate and knowing, yeah,
I'm gonna offend these guys with this shit
because, like, you know,
they got one of our friends.
After that,
it was like they crossed a line.
And it sounds crazy, but that's literally
why I loved making my music.
I loved hurting, like, their feelings.
With drill music,
that's all you made, was diss tracks.
With that kind of platform of making music
and being able to tell your story
coupled with social media,
you know, it's like, that's a shitstorm.
I was worried
that some of the songs
were obviously gonna exacerbate
the violence in the area.
One time, there was this incident
at the train station.
Word got around that people
from another postcode were coming down,
so there was gonna be a massive brawl.
At that brawl,
a Molotov was thrown in that tunnel.
We... said this needs to stop.
Big high hopes, right,
um, to try and stop something
that's been happening for decades.
There's always gonna be conflict.
There's always gonna be drama.
We were just doing whatever we wanted,
and trouble was like a normal thing.
After that, something ended up happening,
and I ended up going to jail.
We ended up just getting into
an altercation with another group of boys,
and it just escalated.
It was pretty bad.
J Emz went to jail.
Without him there,
maybe four or five months later,
YP started to fall into trouble as well.
That night at the pub...
That... that night
was a killer night for us.
I don't blame any of the other boys.
I don't put it on them. He...
He did the...
His actions are his actions, but...
We just went
to one of the boys' birthdays.
These Aussie lads
were just, like, talking out of school.
They were being very rude and racist.
Lekks is helpless.
You know, he can't do nothing.
So we just... we just jumped.
Wasn't a question, you know?
I practically did what I felt was right
at the time and just...
Could've been a lot different.
We could've went and spoke to 'em,
but that was just
the way we... we handled it.
We didn't know how to talk back then.
I just remember feeling,
like, my heart sink.
It was really disappointing
because they were
just starting to turn their lives around,
and then this happens.
They're back in trouble
with the police again.
Me, Cell, and my other coeys,
yeah, we all made bail that night,
and I was like, "We're gonna beat this.
Don't worry, Mum. We're straight."
YP, Celly, and Lekks
were waiting for sentencing.
While they were waiting,
the music started to pick up.
What you know about hopping the fences?
What you know about dodging the fences?
What you know about being a soldier
And holding your own...
We were in the studio,
like, every day.
We ended up making "What You Know."
About being a soldier
And holding your own...
Oh yeah, we got a bit
of radio play on that song.
On Triple J.
There's the Hip-Hop Show, Hauie's show.
I was following the progression
of the group,
and they started promoting
their new single.
Streets, feds come question me about...
The musicianship of Onefour
really sets them apart.
Not only their abilities
and their... their mind for music
but also them being
the first of their sound in Australia.
I was like,
"Okay, these guys have got it."
I reached out and said,
"Look, I understand the history
that you guys have with law,
but if you really want music
to be your way of getting out of that,
then let's connect."
Hau's the man.
Without him, to be honest,
like, there would be no Onefour, you know?
He started waking us up,
and that's when
we started telling ourselves,
"Shit, we could actually
make something out of this."
I direct, uh, a label
which is a joint venture with Sony.
Um... I'm someone that pushes
and empowers people of my community,
whether that community
is Pacific Islander,
whether that community is hip-hop.
And one of the main things
I asked them was,
"Outside of the legal troubles,
what is holding you back from success?"
J Emz, he said, "Oh, we don't have
a professional place to record."
"Okay, so if I can get you a studio,
would you come?"
And J Emz said, "Name the place,
time, day, we'll be there."
We thought,
"Shit, we're about to be stars."
This is the first time
going into a proper studio.
Going into that studio
and being part of Sony
was, like probably
the best time ever, like, doing music
because it was, like, the first time
I was introduced to the music industry.
Seeing all those, you know, big names
and those big faces on... on... on the wall
made me feel like this is where I wanna be
for the rest of my life
and what I wanna do.
I said,
"You come here, we're working."
"What you do outside the studio,
is up to you. I can't control that."
"No drinking, no drugs, no drama."
"You come in here,
record music, write, and that's it."
That whole thing was hard, bro. Hard.
So every Saturday,
we're in there.
Just get work done and get out.
And Hau was always on our back,
telling us, "Make sure you're writing,"
and that's when we started making
our best music.
One of the first sessions, I was like,
"All right, boys,
what's the first song we're gonna do?"
I'm sure it was YP who said, "Oh yeah,
got a song called 'Shanks and Shivs.'"
"Oh shit! What's this song about?"
"Well, it's about a couple of knives."
Nah, yeah, I remember
our first studio session with Hauie.
I wasn't, like,
trying to put on a facade or nothin'.
I just wanted to go in there
and rap my shit.
Hip-hop has always been a vehicle
for minorities and the oppressed.
Drill music in particular,
it's not so much about being technical.
It's just about telling the story
as authentically and as raw as you can,
and I think
that's why drill's so effective.
You know, what you see is what you get,
and there's no bullshit around it.
It's nuts, but that's just
part of the music, you know?
That's part of why it's so dangerous
because it's real.
When everything started to grow,
the music started to grow,
we started to realize, "Shit, like,
we need someone
that knows this business side of things."
And I knew that Ricky was the man
to... to continue on.
I knew it would be difficult.
I never knew how difficult.
Rick used to come sit
in sessions with us all the time.
He used to just do his own thing
and mind his own business in the corner,
but he always had advice.
I really admired
the loyalty that they had to each other,
the way that they took care of each other,
and I was like,
"I wanna be a part of that."
I remember speaking to the guys, saying,
"This could actually be
a thing for you, like."
"You're doing something
that hasn't been done before."
And they were kinda oblivious to it.
They were like, "No, like,
this is different.
This is a different kinda situation."
At the time,
I was, yeah, working with Laroi.
I thought that he would be the type of kid
who'd wanna show them things,
just be curious to connect with them.
Laroi wasn't as big as he is now.
He was, um, just another
normal kid from Redfern.
I had seen, like, a video of them rapping
on... on Facebook or something like that.
Right away, instantly knew they have
something special about them.
We learned a lot
from sitting in studio sessions with him.
He'd get in there, do his thing,
and we used to be shocked.
Like, "Holy shit! This kid's a genius."
It was all kinda new to them,
I think,
and the coolest part was seeing the growth
and the constant growth of their process.
And then, by the end of, like,
spending a couple months with them,
I'm like,
"Oh, these cunts are next level."
If you weren't convinced
by "Shanks and Shivs,"
you were convinced with "The Message."
So we knew, like,
to be able to impact the music scene,
we'd have to do something
no one's done before.
That was the first track
that we just closed all filters,
and we just went ahead, you know?
We thought, "This is gonna get attention
from police, public eye."
Well, I just said,
"Yeah, let's get that out right now."
And we just said,
"Fuck it. Just drop it." You know?
"The Message" came out,
and that's the one that really blew up.
"Oh, Mum, guess what?
It's up to 500!"
"Yay. 500 people listened to your song."
"Hey, Mum! 500,000!"
"Oh my God! Who in the world's
listening to your rubbish?" Like...
That was our first song
to hit a million views.
It was fucking game over.
Like, doin' millions of views
in three days,
that was largely unheard of.
It was so organic,
so grassroots, so independent.
A word-of-mouth
and social-media, just, explosion.
They were just like, "Oh my God."
"People really like what we're doing.
A million views is bananas."
I'd never seen this happen before
in Australia.
I think what... what surprised me the most
was the international reaction.
The reactors are the ones
that really blew it up for Onefour.
First time we found out
what reactions were.
We didn't know people were doing that
to music videos.
They must be doing some bad things
with that disclaimer.
First off, there's been
a lot of buzz around this song,
so I wanna see what it's about. Let's go.
Bro, he just named, like,
50,000 people that need to be free.
The song opened
with a fuckin' call from jail.
Like, what the fuck?
- Are you seeing where they outside?
- Bro!
They outside the courthouse, like.
- Say what?
- Look.
Mount Druitt Courthouse, and they're
doing this outside the courthouse.
Proper, fam.
I think
it's the most provocative thing
in recent contemporary Australian art.
Such a "fuck you" to everything
that had shaped these guys.
He said, "Hey, I'mma pull mine.
I'mma let you pull yours."
"We gon' show who gon' die first."
Keep me away from these niggas, bro.
This is so funny.
You boys just bitch and hide
Come out and ride...
Like, accent-wise,
the accent's actually good.
It started as a novelty,
but then when I realized,
"Oh wow, these guys actually can rap."
The world hadn't yet seen
people of color
rapping in an Australian accent.
They didn't even know a lot of us existed.
They both got one ponytail.
Bro, I think that's a...
um, from the Rocksides, fam.
Oh, them man there.
You know what I'm talkin' about?
What's it called? Samoan.
The perceptions
of what they thought Australians were
were Neighbours, Home and Away.
Lara Bingle. Steve Irwin.
Tall, blond surfer guys.
And Onefour don't look
like any of those cunts.
They definitely changed the perception
of what Australia looks like,
sounds like, and what happens here.
Ooh, now that I'm down for the kill...
- Yo, brother.
- Nah, go on, like...
Need to take it easy
otherwise I'm gonna lose it.
Bro, this video is lit as fuck.
These man turn up for the video.
The top artists in the UK
started, like, giving us our props.
Probably the first was Skepta.
Shout out Onefour. All the Gs.
Dave, he posted us on his story.
These were artists
at the top of their game,
and they're posting about Onefour.
Getting all that love
from overseas was crazy.
We took numerous trips round there
But, lad, that's suttin' I can't discuss
No way...
I think YP's line was so iconic
because it was just a succinct summation
of what the group was about.
"Onefour. We're from here.
You're from there. We don't like you."
Them big lads, they're made for this
Trust me, mothers
Dem boys ain't ready
Oh my days.
That is actually... No. No. No.
Fuck off, man.
Fuck off, man.
Oh yeah, that's fucking cold.
There's certain lines in that world
that they were part of
that you really don't cross.
Especially when someone's died,
you know, you don't really
provoke them in that way.
It's pretty,
some would say, disrespectful,
but they said it,
recorded it, and spit it on a verse.
So that line refers to the stabbing death
of a member of an opposing gang
called 21 District.
One of the members
gets stabbed, is killed,
and that leaves them with 20 members.
With that line,
everything was about to change
for Onefour.
I'm both disgusted by it...
But if art is meant
to make you feel something,
you succeeded
in the point of art right there.
But I also thought, like,
people are gonna hate this line.
It's gonna be so controversial.
It was shocking, it was confronting,
but it was exciting, man.
Fifty guys in balaclavas
talking about sharp objects.
You know, they had a buzz about 'em.
They followed "The Message"
with "Spot the Difference"
and just leveled up some more.
When you saw that,
you knew it was a new dawn
of hip-hop in Australia.
I was like, "This is a fucking fly story.
We should cover these guys."
And it was a wild shoot.
They were on the phone,
calling people, calling people.
They're, like, these guys come.
These guys come.
Oh, that was the best day.
One of the best days of my life, bro.
It was goin' off its head, you know?
Had the whole area out, man.
We were in this car park,
and more flares keep getting popped,
and cars are doing burnouts,
and suddenly, they're like,
"Let's lock the fucking road down!"
The cops couldn't do nothing because
you had, like, three, four hundred kids
storming the streets of Mount Druitt,
literally reclaiming the streets,
taking over.
It was unlike
any shoot I've been on
because there were people that felt
like they were being heard and seen
for the first time.
We're seeing the bright lights,
and we're seeing kids,
and they're, like, following us around
at the shops,
trying to take photos and that.
It just felt like genuine hometown love.
Can't imagine what it would
feel like to be a kid in Mount Druitt,
to see your area
splashed on the screen like that
and the whole world
suddenly pay attention.
That gives me goosebumps,
thinking about that.
Suddenly, you know,
be like, "I've got these dreams,
and now I can realize them
because the guys across the road did."
Like spot the difference
My crew's still...
2019 was and still is undoubtedly
ruled by my next guests in the studio.
Onefour, the fucking hottest shit
on the scene right now.
A YouTube phenomenon.
They've forged their way
into Australian music history
with their unapologetic writing,
their raw energy,
and the pride they have in their area.
We started meeting
with a lot of magazines.
Rolling Stones and all that, GQ.
How would you describe yourself now?
What is your, like, identity?
Are you rappers? Are you musicians?
We're fuckin' musicians.
Shut the fuck up.
We're good at what we do too, you know?
Force a shiv on these opps...
Every cunt in Australia
wanted to make drill music after that.
Like, everybody.
And on that night...
He's got a little Australian
fucking dance going there.
The Mounty Bop,
you guys have helped popularize.
It's going big on TikTok and all that.
Like, who's that opp on the block?
It's unprecedented
in the history of Australian music
to have that kind of impact.
Oh, I felt like a superstar.
Yeah, it felt good
because it just changed our mindset
and the way we looked at life.
And then after that,
Dave toured Australia.
He asked for Onefour to support him
on the Sydney and Melbourne legs.
It was about to come together for them.
I'm not brave enough to be a cop,
tough enough to be a gangster,
or smart enough to be a lawyer,
so I became a crime reporter.
It's one thing to have an anthem,
but it depends what that anthem's saying
or how it's being interpreted.
You know, a bunch of young guys
who are talking about how tough they are,
about carrying knives,
about hating another crew.
You know,
anthems can be positive and... and negative.
Obviously, Onefour get a bit of notoriety.
They're getting popular.
The real controversy around Onefour
started when a couple of other drill acts
started popping up in West Sydney as well.
The media latched onto feuds
between these rappers.
We have a media in Australia
particularly on the conservative side.
Tabloids like the Daily Mail
and the Daily Telegraph
have whipped up a fervor
of gang crime in Western Sydney.
These newspapers sell
when they talk about gang crime.
They love to splash this stuff
on the front page.
They love to create
a sense of panic and hysteria.
If you believe these papers,
you'd think that Sydney
was like Gotham City.
Right? You'd think there was
a violent crime epidemic
and Western Sydney crime
is out of control,
and it's all being perpetuated
by young Islander men.
When you actually look at the numbers,
it's not the case.
It's the safest Sydney's been in so long.
My first recollection
of coming across Onefour was,
um, a newspaper article,
and I thought,
"This is kind of really interesting."
"What the hell have these guys done
to... to get this kind of media attention?"
On an international scale,
you wouldn't say that Australia
has a... a serious crime problem.
In Australia, the crime problems
are around domestic and family violence
and sexual assault.
And yet often, the media attention
are on these different forms of crime,
whether it be organized crime
or gang crime, if you wanna call it that,
that seem, on the face of it,
more exciting and much more newsworthy.
Do I think Sydney's getting more violent?
I think there are aspects.
Young Sydney's getting more violent.
That's coming
not from Bureau of Stats or Census.
That's coming from 40 years
of reporting crime in Sydney.
All these tabloid newspapers,
they were suggesting that,
if these music groups come
to more popularity and prominence,
there's gonna be more violence
on the streets.
Something is sick in New South Wales,
particularly Sydney.
This is very, very scary.
The worst urban conflict in a generation
is being fueled by drill rap.
Yeah, it incites.
There's no doubt about it.
I don't know
how comfortable I'd feel
about having a 14- or 15-year-old of mine
going to one of these concerts
'cause I'm scared there'll be conflict.
We make music.
You know? We don't incite violence.
We don't make people go out there
and do things that we're saying.
The media was never on our side.
Yeah, they hated,
like, what we were representing,
and anytime, like, something happens
on the street, they would just blame us.
There's nothing unique
about art that talks about violence,
but for some reason, when it comes
to hip-hop from Western Sydney,
we're having that debate all over again,
and I think
it's because of who's telling that story.
I think that the controversial aspect
of Onefour
definitely became a double-edged sword
with them.
What attracted people
to the group initially
was then turned against them
by the larger media corporations
and, of course, the police.
I grew up in Southwest Sydney
as a young person,
and in my time growing up,
you know, I saw the impact of crime.
You know, I had family
who were victims of crime,
so I have a real drive to make the place
a safer place for everyone.
My name is Deb Wallace.
My first station, 40 years ago,
was a place called Blacktown,
and the substation was Mount Druitt.
I think I saw the harm
that drug and gang crime does
to a community,
and it was an area
that particularly interested me.
It was probably the middle of July 2019
when we started to see the violence
escalate with these street gangs.
We saw them take on banners,
and they changed them regularly,
which shows me they weren't
real structured or very sophisticated.
They probably had more banners
than I've had baked dinners.
I think when we first started
to see them emerge,
uh, their names were Greater West
and District 21,
and then we started to see Onefour.
And, um, we started
to hear about some lyrics
that Onefour were using.
Where we're trying to combat
and divert kids from violence,
this group was using lyrics that, to us,
had the possibility
of inciting the acts of violence
that the street gangs were committing.
It's pretty entrenched
in drill rapping
that unless you have
actually done that crime
or you are in that gang,
um, you cannot sing
about that actual activity.
And we know
that some of them were involved
in serious, serious assaults.
And if you read
the lyrics of "The Message,"
they are really essentially two groups,
you know, open platform
to talk about what will happen
if those two groups come to each other.
So the idea was to get onto it quickly
before it escalated.
The New South Wales police force
has a long history of different units
aimed at targeting gang crime.
Basically, those groups have been merged
into a force called Strike Force Raptor.
That's a intense tactical elite unit
of New South Wales police,
whose job it is
to disrupt organized gang activity
across New South Wales
that focuses particularly
on terrorism suspects
or organized motorcycle gangs.
It was around this time
that Strike Force Raptor
began their crusade against Onefour.
A special strike force has been set up
by New South Wales police
to address the youth crime epidemic
in Sydney's West.
They say that children as young as 13
are joining these so-called gangs
that are modeling themselves
on violent US rap culture.
The fact that these powers
started being used
against rappers
and people in the hip-hop community,
it's unprecedented in Australian history.
When they got fixed on us,
we didn't know what was happening.
We didn't know why they were doing that.
We were just getting raided and rushed
by the police everywhere we were going.
So they employ
high-impact policing.
A lot of raids. You get pulled over a lot.
There's heavy surveillance,
things like that,
to really get in your face.
We have a suite of legislation
in New South Wales
that, particularly for overseas countries,
would really not probably allow
or understand
their police forces having such powers.
My parents were getting searched
everywhere they go.
Like, they'll drive down the road,
and they'll get stopped.
When you go through shit,
it's not just you that goes through it.
You go through it with family.
When my house gets raided,
who's in the house? My family.
Everything's turned upside down.
Even the rubbish bins,
pot plants, everything.
My daughter was 14.
She was walking towards
the front of the house when they came in,
and they had rifles at her,
and she was crying.
And all she's saying is like,
"Don't shoot my dog! Don't shoot my dog!"
We have to experience that.
We have to live with that.
I don't expect them to understand
something they didn't grow up in.
They're the ones kicking the doors down.
They're not the ones living in the house
that the doors are getting kicked down in.
Of course it's not a fair fight.
You've got one side
who has 15 million dollars in funding
and a staff of over 100 police officers
against a few rappers
who are trying to make artwork.
Yeah, so I had been a fan
of Onefour's music for a while.
I thought what they were doing
was incredible
and it reminded me
of what we saw in the United States
in the early '90s
and late '80s with N.W.A.
I did an audio documentary for the ABC,
Australia's national public broadcaster,
called License to Drill.
I sat down with Sergeant Trueman,
the head of the team targeting Onefour,
and what he told me was pretty shocking.
I'm gonna use everything in my power
to make your life miserable
until you stop doing what you're doing.
Every aspect of your life,
I'm gonna make it uncomfortable for you.
The ability of Raptor,
which local police don't have,
is that we have the time, the resources,
and the tenacity
that where we have a problem,
we will make sure that we are
lawfully harassing that group
and enforcing all measures that we can
until that group either dissolves
or they desist
from their criminal behavior.
And we don't apologize for that.
The way that the police are being used
to target Onefour
is something that has
never been seen in Australia,
and the police know what they're doing
is going to break them.
So I got this text
from another colleague of mine.
They said, "Oh, Raptor Squad, the police,
is running a presentation on Onefour
and its effects on young people."
I went, "Okay, I definitely need
to check this one out."
From a Raptor perspective,
community engagement always sits
at the heart of what policing is, right?
Because the reality for policing
is we can't police
without the community,
you know, wanting us to police.
The really fundamental principles
of policing.
So you walk in, and then
they would pull up the presentation slide,
and they say,
"Okay, everyone, this is Onefour."
So there was elders, you know,
church ministers, youth leaders,
community leaders, young people.
We were all sitting there,
and they were lined up
in the back of the wall.
Yeah, they were in their...
their Raptor suits,
their, you know, thick vests.
Yeah, showing us images of young people
and saying that, you know, these people
are potentially responsible for violence
and putting up lyrics.
I guess they were trying
to educate parents
about signs of youth
being involved with gangs and stuff.
I felt like they were blaming
a lot of things on my children,
and they were saying
it was because of the music.
It was just getting us in a room,
as Pacific people, together
to tell us to stop being bad.
If you're constantly
being profiled by police
and you feel insecure and unsafe
in your own community,
you're gonna get angry.
It was like the camp of the group
was split in two.
There was a group of them saying,
"Yes, Onefour are
promoting gang violence,"
and then there was the other half going,
"They are,
but that is not the full picture."
There was a lot of shock.
There were tears.
I recall some people,
halfway through the presentation,
just getting up and leaving,
and saying,
"These are our family members."
It was oriented to be intimidating,
to scrutinize our communities
who feel already out of place.
It's so stupid,
in my opinion, spending money
on stupid shit like that
when they could be, like,
helping the kids and shit on the streets.
It's a shame 'cause
there's so much resources behind you.
You can do so much
to be able to touch people
and... and build that bridge
between youth and police.
Then one of my officers came to me said,
"Boss, they're starting to do concerts."
"In fact, they've got one,"
and I think it was a theater in Sydney.
And they said, "We're concerned
that if this concert goes ahead,
it's really gonna be a clash
of, you know, the Onefours will turn up,
but also 21 District,
and if they do, they're not gonna
sit there and share Jaffas together."
Well, we knew that the police
were gonna try to do
whatever they could to disrupt.
But we... we had no idea, like,
to what lengths they would go to.
'Cause they were so full
of great ideas, these... these police.
And they said,
"We're gonna go and talk to the promoters
and just tell them
about the concerns we have."
I provide all the information
to the venues, and I say to 'em,
"You can't provide the safety
that needs to be provided
for this event to go ahead,
and the cost of the tickets
are never gonna cover
the amount of police they need
to try and safely run an event like this."
I will do that for every event
in New South Wales
until the violence stops.
It's ridiculous.
Yeah, it just got to the point
where the promoters just had enough.
This is the first time ever
that one of our shows got shut down.
If you find an opportunity
to break out of these hoods
and make something of yourself,
and then the police tell you
you're never gonna perform live
in the city that raised you
to your biggest fans,
it's really demoralizing.
We got banned from playing in Sydney,
but it didn't mean
we couldn't play in another state.
We booked a show in Brisbane.
2,000 people.
We announced the show,
and within probably ten minutes
to 15 minutes, it was sold out.
This was big for us
'cause it was our first headline show.
I feel like it's a bit of a spotlight,
you know? I'm proud.
Nah, yeah.
We worked really tightly
with the event promoters,
who are also Pacific Islander.
We made sure that there were
community elders the kids would recognize
in the room before they entered,
and we worked very closely
with the local community
to make sure that there was no trouble.
Everyone in Australia
in the music industry
is watching this show.
Number one thing basically is
no sign of any violence.
The adrenaline's hitting now,
and we're keen, you know?
We're ready to get on stage.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Dear heavenly father, thank you
for bringing us all together.
- Amen.
- Let's go, boys.
Brisbane show was their moment
to shine.
But I can't stop this war
So therefore this clip must be empty
I grip it like it's friendly
Tell them Grim Reaper sent me
One, two, one, two
Then back in the whip
Watch 'em freeze like Demzy...
That's when I realized
the amount of fans we had.
It was crazy to see. Just like, fuck yeah!
We're actually gonna be able
to leave this life behind.
Made me realize
being on that stage is what I wanna do.
Having shown
that we could hold, uh, an event safely,
we thought, like,
"There should be no problems now."
We drop "In the Beginning,"
and everyone goes crazy.
- Right, ready?
- They, they, they
Everyone's really positive,
like super, super excited,
and we decide that, you know,
now's the perfect time
to do a national tour.
Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth,
over to NZ, back to Sydney.
Couple of hours after announcing,
we're already on the verge of selling out.
We're doing the rehearsals
and preparing for this national tour.
- It was only me and the gang
- Gang
Introduced this country to drillin'
All of a sudden...
And the guys are going
through their set, super excited.
Everyone's, like, nailing their verses,
and the set's coming together.
Trap, drill, ching, and shoot...
Fucking love now, baby!
Fucking sick!
We love you! Oh!
Thanks for real, buddy, yeah?
Thank you! This is the best day ever!
And I get a message
from our booking agent
saying that Raptor have approached venues
in Melbourne and Adelaide,
and it looks like
one of the venues is about to pull out
because of pressure from the police.
The police are sending
intimidating letters to the venues to say,
"If you have this group play,
we're gonna have a little closer look
at some of those breaches
of your liquor-licensing laws
that might've occurred
over the last couple of years,
and perhaps you won't have that license
into the future."
Anyone looking at the letter
would probably interpret it as
something being very close to blackmail.
We didn't say they couldn't perform.
We just had an obligation
to tell the venues of the potential risk.
I wanna
really set the record straight,
that it wasn't the police that stopped it.
The venue itself determined
that they weren't prepared
to allow that, um, concert to go ahead.
When I read that email, I was like,
"Oh man, how do I tell these boys this?"
"It's just gonna destroy their morale."
And I'm sitting them down
after rehearsals and saying,
"Look, I've got a bit of news."
"The police are pressuring Melbourne,
and we're gonna lose Melbourne."
And they said,
"As long as we don't lose Sydney,
as long as we get to do home,
like, it's okay."
And the next day, we rehearsed again,
and I got the second piece of news that
we were gonna lose Adelaide and Sydney.
Yeah, it happened day by day.
Like, we lost each venue a day at a time.
Oh, no venue wanted to do anything with us
because of the police pressure.
Yeah, it was heartbreaking for us.
They wanted to fight back,
but how do you fight?
How do you fight back
against something that big?
Touring for an artist is... is a big deal.
It's... it's... it's their opportunity
to not only connect with their fans
but it's an opportunity
to make some really good money.
It's interesting because, um, I think
we should give these guys a go.
They've got a chance
to go, um, international here,
and it's a known fact
that you make your money from concerts.
Just stifling like that,
you're commercially cutting them dry,
like, they'll... they'll have nothing,
which I think's massively disappointing
for a group of guys from Mount Druitt
who've done so well to come this far.
The only one that we felt like
we're definitely gonna be able to do,
and the police can't really do much
to interfere, was New Zealand.
I was like, "At least
we get to do New Zealand."
But unfortunately, YP, Lekks, and Celly
are due to be sentenced
for that incident at the pub
a few years earlier.
So the only two members who could travel
to New Zealand was J Emz and Spenny.
We were excited to get out of the country
because of all the dramas
that was going on back home.
We disembarked,
and we went through customs,
and I knew something was wrong
because I saw quite a number of police.
We got to immigration,
and as we went through to clear passports,
Spenny tried to go through first,
and the gate wouldn't open.
Just a big red X.
Who had their passports taken?
Can youse three come with me?
The rest of you guys,
if you want, you can wait...
They said that Raptor from Australia
has contacted them,
saying that we're coming into the country.
As the commander of Strike Force Raptor
and the Gang Squad,
it's quite normal
that any information about potential risks
to another community
or another area is passed on.
It's the only way
we can combat organized crime.
We don't tell anyone else
how to do their job or what to do.
We just simply pass on the information
about what we found and what we did.
They tell us
that J Emz won't be let into the country
because of his prior criminal record.
I explained to them.
I said, "This is what we're here for."
"J Emz doesn't pose any particular risk
to the country."
"He's not gonna offend while he's here.
He's here to work."
But they said,
"We're not letting him into the country,
and that was pretty much it.
Yeah, I was gutted.
You know, traveling that whole way
and not being able to do it,
but, yeah,
I guess I shoulda seen it coming,
you know what I mean?
While I was in that holding cell,
that's when I got the news
that, um, Lekks, my little brother,
and Celly got locked up.
P got four years.
Lekks got four years,
and Celly got... I think he got ten.
It gets to a certain stage
where you just become numb to emotion.
In the moment, like when, um...
when she was calling out the verdict,
I knew my family, and that was hard.
But I still had that mind frame,
like, "Yeah, fuck it. This is the life."
I told my husband,
"No matter what happens today,
I'm not crying."
"I'm not gonna put that on him."
But I remember just coming home
and just going over the Harbour Bridge
and just wiping my tears.
When I got the news,
yeah, I was pretty broken.
I thought, like, "How are we gonna be able
to hold up the crew while they're gone?"
We didn't think
they were gonna get that long.
Everything was going so well,
and then, like,
for it to just be, like, put on pause,
yeah, it was the worst timing.
The show's getting canned, eh?
Do you reckon I'd be able
to do it by myself?
No way.
You'd suck.
That's not happening.
- You have to do it by yourself.
- Huh?
Oh, I felt for Spenny at the time
because there's
a lot of weight on your shoulders now.
We didn't know whether we were gonna
go through with the show or not.
Fuck it. I'm doing the show still.
Just to let our people know.
Run the ball up 'cause we're insane.
The show must fucking go on.
They can't stop...
They can't stop us!
The show must fucking go on!
I wasn't nervous. I was more angry.
I wanted to prove a point.
I was over all the bullshit from them,
like, just them trying to stop us.
I wanted to look back at it and be like,
"They didn't end up breaking us
that night."
Hope you're ready
for tonight.
- Ah, tonight!
- Whoo!
There is a massive show going down
from a global group
who just took the world by storm.
And I could see Spenny
just thinking.
Like, he was committed to the idea,
but he just didn't know
how it was gonna work.
Unless you go through the shit
that we've gone through,
then come talk to me, bro,
you know what I mean?
We don't just make fucking music like this
because we want to.
It's because that's what
we've been through.
And that's why people love it,
because a lot of people have been through
the same thing, the same situation.
That's why people
are actually gonna show up.
They know it's real, know what I mean?
The government doesn't want us to perform.
They don't want us to be better, but
it's not up to them, you know?
'Cause the people speak for themselves.
I was more nervous
five minutes before the show.
My legs weren't working,
but I just ran with it.
It's a lot of weight
to carry on your shoulders, you know?
But he knew that he had
Onefour's reputation to uphold.
He knew that the fans were waiting,
like, had been waiting for a long time.
Free YP! Free YP!
All right.
They gave Celly ten years and YP four.
But, listen, YP wrote this shit
just before he got locked up.
Listen to the fucking lyrics.
This shit's a struggle for us.
They call us ball runners
With the utmost respect
Well known in the system
There's not much of us left
One of my proudest moments.
That show tells you a lot
about the character of the group,
what they're willing to do for each other,
and how committed they are
to what they're doing.
Came home to the same shit.
Raptor was there,
waiting for us at the airport.
They separated us and started
to ask us a bunch of questions
about what we did,
whether we knew that what we were doing
was illegal or wrong.
So they asked us
to sign non-association papers
to say that we wouldn't affiliate with
the members of the group, the rappers.
One of the strongest, uh, tools
we had in our toolbox
was the legislation of consorting.
And it's about telling people
that if you associate with that person
who has been convicted
of a serious offense,
then you may be
committing a crime yourself.
And you warn them.
We just feel that was just intimidation.
It was meant to just make us fearful
about working with the group.
They were saying to me
I can't affiliate with J Emz.
I was getting nervous
'cause I was, like, "Is this true or not?"
If we can't affiliate with each other,
how are we meant to do music?
Could this be the end of Onefour?
You know, Lekks was already in.
Celly was in. YP's about to go in.
Could Spenny and J Emz carry that torch?
It's just me, Spenny left,
and there's a lot that we have to uphold
now that they're gone.
I think this was,
like, the lowest time for us.
I wanted to give up,
and I just didn't wanna do it anymore.
Like, I felt like
the stress was just too much.
Yeah, there were moments
when I definitely felt like
all of us had the idea
that, like, this is getting too hard.
How much more of this can we take
before we have to say, like,
"Oh man, it's just not working"?
Um... Yeah, we were just thinking,
like, "How the fuck
we gonna get out of this one?" You know?
Thing is,
these boys have changed their lives
and for the better,
and I've seen it personally.
It really does feel like
they don't wanna see 'em win.
I think you've gotta give people a chance.
You've gotta give people room to grow.
You can't shut them down.
Yeah, I had thoughts of, you know,
just going back and doing what we knew,
doing the same old shit
or running around the streets.
Where's Spenny? Call Spenny and...
I'm always trying to be there
for the team.
I'm always trying to be there,
but at the end of the day, I'm a criminal.
- You know me.
- I know... It's done.
- You wanted this bad.
- End of the day, I'm a crim.
That's not the point.
I knew that the guys just needed
to get away from things for a while.
There was sadness
for losing Lekks, Celly, and YP,
and I just figured it could be a good time
to capture that feeling,
and that feeling would be the backbone
or inspiration behind some new music.
So we went somewhere
in the country,
and we just started making music,
and the sole purpose to go out there
was to make music with B Wise.
We were thinking
at that time, like,
"How do we show people
that there's more to the group
than what they might see?"
You... You have to find that balance,
you get what I'm saying?
Don't completely abandon something
that's clearly working.
Just what you're doing is
you're just... you're showing progression.
We're just able to think out there,
be able to work differently.
We just knew we had to base it
around what was going on at the time.
Then we ended up coming up
with a song called "Home and Away."
At war with the cops like Brax
But this ain't home and away
Didn't grow up
Round all those beaches...
We dedicated that song to the boys
in jail and the area where we came from.
Pull up, bang, spray
Do dat, do dat, gang, gang
Gang, gang
"Home and Away" was
those boys trying to find something
to fulfill that void.
Onefour grew up
watching Home and Away
and not seeing themselves represented.
They want the next generation
of kids coming up
not to be focused
on what's happening at the bay
but to realize the lives they live
are as valid of being represented
and of telling stories about.
When you see Home and Away,
you just see palm trees, beaches, sand.
We feel that's the perspective
people have on Australia,
so we just thought we'd show 'em
a different side of Australia
and the life that we're living
and what it's like
on our side of Australia.
Yeah, I grew up in Mounty
That's home of the brave
Out here
We at war with the cops like Brax
But this ain't home and away
I didn't grow up round...
So, for the next year,
we got into a rhythm of working, and yeah.
The EP Against All Odds,
they purely recorded
what they were feeling at the time.
I imagine that would've been
a difficult time for J Emz and Spenny,
just the two of 'em,
especially going through
so many obstacles and so many hurdles.
We've got a lot on the line right now.
It's... It's different.
Like, I got people that rely on me.
This call is originating
from the correctional center.
You boys are on the radio now,
and I know that the boys are massive.
You can do this for us as well.
What do you think?
I'm learning how to play the song
'cause I'm gonna prove everyone wrong.
That's what I'm good at doing,
proving people wrong.
It's all about Onefour
and their new EP.
From Mount Druitt to the globe.
What do you want everyone
to take away from this project?
Just read the title Against All Odds.
You can have your back
against the wall all you want,
but it's how many times
you get back up and keep fighting.
We found out
that some big international artists
started reaching out to us,
and we realized,
bro, it's time to work, you know?
No one's gonna do this for us,
so we've gotta do it for ourselves.
We had Ferg hit us up.
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey...
We also did
a song called "My City,"
uh, which featured The Kid Laroi.
I'm like the Jay
Or the Drake of my city
Fuck what they say
They won't say that shit to me
I'm in downtown
All my brothers is with me
Shout out my boys from the 70
Shout out my boys from the 60
They know what's in me
Shout out my boys from the 17
They really know how I was livin'
Oh, what a feeling
Get the fuck out my face
I couldn't believe it.
Like, I've just never seen anyone
from Australian hip-hop
even get recognized
by an overseas act that I admired.
These are guys that are at the top
of what's happening in culture
at the moment
because hip-hop is, you know,
the biggest genre in the world.
And yet, in Australia,
we wanna deplatform it and censor it.
If they're not allowed to perform,
if they can't make a living by making art,
Onefour, I think,
will be a pretty bleak cautionary tale
for what happens if you choose
to tangle with the Australian police.
If the police are successful
in destroying a group,
it's a dark day for Australia
and freedom of expression.
Very disheartening.
You know, you would question yourself.
Like, what's... what's the use
of... of making music
if I can't even perform,
you know, for the people?
In fact, that's the old me
Now you got me wishing
That I could go back in time...
I heard on the grapevine
that YP is getting out very soon,
and I think that's the injection of energy
that Onefour really needs right now.
I can't wait for him to get out. It's...
We've been doing it without, you know,
him and Lekks and Cell as well,
and, you know, finally, it's time for us
to come back together and go forward.
The one with Illy on it?
We're on video call every weekend.
It's always me and him.
Everyone will say hello,
and then they'll go, "Here's Mum,"
and then I'm the phone call
for the rest of the time.
I've realized what I wanna do.
I wanna do music, like, all the way.
I don't really wanna do anything else
when I get out. Just music.
I can't wait.
You know, that's my... that's my brother.
I've been waiting for this day
ever since he went in.
Shit, I already got his bed ready
for him and that.
He's been inside for two years,
and, like, I feel like
he might be a bit lost.
When you're inside those walls,
you can become trapped, and you feel shit,
like, "This is gonna be me now
for the rest of your life."
He's a bit institutionalized
from, you know, going in at a young age.
He went in at 18.
But better things will come
when he leaves those gates.
I guess you can kinda see,
like, where my head was at
before I even walked out of them gates.
Still trapped. Still looking at everyone
like I wanted to turn on everyone.
And when I walked out,
and I seen my little sisters and my mum,
it was a bit unreal in a sense.
Give me another cuddle.
I felt, like, some type
of, um, anxiety and shit,
and I never knew what that was,
but soon as I walked out, I noticed.
Bro, like, this is just weird, you know?
Also coming out
and, like, not knowing what to do,
was... it was the big thing.
Like, all right, I'm gonna...
I'm gonna fall back into my old habits,
and I'm gonna end up back in jail.
You all right?
And then, like,
when I was outside, I realized
fucking opportunities
are in my hands now, like.
You know, if I don't get there to the...
to my end goals, this and that,
it's on me, so that's when I stepped up,
and I was, like, "Fuck this, let's go."
You know, "Let's take it all away."
Studio sessions are coming up.
Monday to Friday, weekend off.
My routine started kicking in again,
and it was just like,
"You know what? You gotta do this now.
This is your job. This is your work."
"If you really wanna
keep on the straight and narrow,
this is what you gotta do."
This is the make it or break it.
Yeah, I'm excited for it.
I feel like with all the things
that's happened around us and
all the setbacks
that we've had to go through, like,
it's finally our turn
to see our full potential
and get to where we're meant to be.
But lo and behold, Raptor stepped back in.
This week,
New South Wales police upped the ante
with a warning to sites
like YouTube, Instagram, and Spotify
that they would take action over material
inciting violence or criminal activity.
From what I can gather,
police are looking now,
and it's not just songs.
It's also posts, video content,
that they believe could create a threat
to any part of the community.
They're gonna approach the platforms
and say, "We'd like you to look at that."
"We're thinking that it's dangerous."
It wasn't so much
about us going to a YouTube
or a social media platform
and saying, "Take this down."
Where we thought the messaging
was, you know, inciting violence,
then we would say to the platforms,
"We're bringing this to your attention.
You decide."
"Is that fit for purpose
for your framework as a company?"
The police are trying to stop this music
from being heard, from being performed,
from being streamed,
and they're trying to send a message
to Onefour and anyone else like them.
"Don't bother.
We'll ruin your lives if you do this."
But is the New South Wales police
really an adequate judge
of what is acceptable and what's not?
I can't think of any other moment
in Australian hip-hop
where musicians were censored,
and I've heard some
of the most violent Australian hip-hop
that you can possibly imagine.
These guys could take to any stage
in Melbourne or Sydney whenever they want.
I think as long
as the New South Wales police
censor and deplatform artists of color,
we've got a long way to go
in terms of the type of culture
we're willing to accept and represent.
They're not bashing us
like they were before,
but in my opinion, it's even worse, bro.
We've literally tried
to go straight and narrow,
and... and they're taking our ability
to work and fend for ourselves,
so they might think, you know,
they can shut down one or two shows.
The way I see it is, all they're doing
is building that fire bigger in me.
I'm never gonna stop now
just 'cause of what they keep doing.
But clearly,
Raptor aren't gonna let it go.
Lucky for us,
an old friend has reached out.
He messaged me,
and he was telling me
that it wouldn't be right
for anyone else to open up for him,
so he hit me up,
and he asked me how it was looking.
In the two years
that I've worked with Onefour,
Laroi has gone on to become
Australia's biggest musical export.
I do the same thing
I told you that I never would
I told you I changed
Even when I knew I never could...
A global superstar.
Find nobody else as good as you
I need you to stay...
Laroi had requested
that Onefour support him
on his national tour.
Well, The Kid Laroi is one
of the biggest pop stars on the planet
after absolutely exploding onto the scene
only a couple of years ago.
Laroi is finally back in Australia
for a huge arena tour of the country.
I was trying to have them open
for the, uh, for the tour,
and, uh, they... they told me,
um, "There's no way in hell
that that's happening."
We're going back and forth,
and he was saying
they won't be able to do the tour
if they announce us.
I said, "Oh. Okay, you know what?
It's all good. Don't worry about it,"
and, um, yeah,
so I'm just pretty much
gonna just bring them in
and just not tell anyone, so...
That's why I'm sneaking 'em
into the show on Thursday.
It's gonna be bonkers.
They've, you know...
They've barely performed two live shows,
you know, so to go out on stage
and get their roses
in front of 20,000 Sydneysiders,
like, it's not a small thing.
Tell me
Where did they all get their confidence?
I ain't gotta take this shit no more
First class and I'm on that plane
Put Aus on the map
And they all complain
Tellin' the truth
And they still complain
The opportunity to go and perform
actually without fucking getting pressed
by any venues,
and big shout out to Kid Laroi
'cause, you know,
we never get to do shows anyway,
so fucking love, man, all love.
Word. They probably think
your little apology...
One-fucking-four, baby!
See you... See you later.
See youse tonight.
It's mad that we get to rehearse,
knowing that, on the same night,
we're about to come out
in front of 20,000 people.
It's gonna be our first time,
like, performing with YP on stage
for, you know, around three years.
It's crazy, like, doing anything
with Kid Laroi at that kinda level,
like, it's gonna be big.
Police search warrant!
Open the door!
Yeah, just the police,
they end up kicking our door in
and raid us
the night of Laroi's first show.
It's putrid. You know, like,
it's your home, you know,
and then you've got a bunch of strangers
running in your house, guns out,
this and that,
just flippin' it upside down.
You can just imagine what,
like, my mum and my sisters would think.
It's just, like,
you know, it's wrong.
The house was searched,
and they had two police on us
the whole time
to make sure we didn't leave the room.
And from then on,
we're, like, "Fuck's sake."
The boys aren't gonna come.
We couldn't make Laroi's first show.
It can't be a coincidence.
There's a motive behind this
and a message the police are sending
that, um... that we're not in control,
that they are.
Yeah, 100% they knew
that we were gonna come out.
We were getting ready to leave
at six o'clock,
and their house
literally got raided at 5:30.
If the inference is that Raptor went there
because they were doing a surprise visit,
I'm not sure how much of a surprise
it must've been.
But, no, we would never, ever
go and do a raid on someone's house
because they were gonna sing at a concert.
That's just, in my view, um, nonsense.
That's the thing about the cops
trying to stop us.
they were able to stop us,
we'll be worse than what we ever were.
You know, we're trying to make it out,
and putting us back in the trenches,
we just create more drama for them.
So no matter what
we've been through in the past
and what we've had to go through
with Onefour,
I feel like it helps everyone around me,
not just myself.
It helps my family.
It means everything now.
Success to them now is,
first of all,
being able to provide
for their friends and family.
But that's their culture
and where they come from, is like,
you don't succeed on your own.
You gotta bring your village with you.
I remember when they first came up,
J Emz would always say,
"When we get big, we're gonna come back
and renovate your studio."
Lo and behold, just two years later,
they came back and renovated the studio.
There is a lot of young music
and young talent coming up.
I love it.
I love hearing at all, you know.
They opened the floodgates
for so many other acts,
from Pacific Islander backgrounds,
to get into music
and realize that this was a viable career.
Hell yeah. You know,
I'm... I'm very proud of what we achieved.
We set out to shift the culture,
and we did.
I think, at the end of the day,
it all boils out to,
you know, that young boy
at home in Mount Druitt
suddenly sees these rappers
who live across the road from him
make it to the world stage.
And suddenly, he gets that spark
to dream in the same way.
One thing I want people to understand
is how important it is
to find something you love
and then run with it.
Whether it's music
or whether it's anything else.
That's the one thing that helped us
get out of a lot of the bullshit
we had to go through.
Onefour's presence has just had
such a massive impact
on the music industry
as a whole in Australia,
but ironically, Onefour have been banned
from playing shows,
so even though they're the reason
why everyone's getting bigger fees,
they're not getting
their slice of the pie.
Essentially a pie that they baked.
As much as
we did take that big hit
losing tours, losing rappers,
we're not gonna go out like that.
No way.
That's one of the main reasons
why we all keep pushing together,
'cause we know the circle's bigger,
the picture's bigger,
and, you know,
there's a lot more to lose if you lose.
So we can't lose.
Luckily for us,
Laroi put on another show the next day.
Ha ha.
Heading to the show on Friday,
you can feel
that there's, like, an anxiety
or, like, a nervousness,
but also, like, a...
a suspense.
We don't know
that this is actually gonna happen or not.
We can't risk the police
catching wind of any of this.
Stay out of sight, out of mind right now,
while we get the cops
on that side of the building.
We just don't want, obviously,
them trying to disturb us.
We gotta stay over here,
stay out of sight,
in case they jeopardize
anything with the show.
Do pray, Father, at this time
that the show will not be disrupted
by any means whatsoever.
- Amen.
- Amen.
- Hey, Lekks.
- Hey, bro.
Hey, bro. We're about to go up.
I'll call you later. Love you, Lekks.
We deserve this.
We deserve to be up there.
Sydney, usually, usually,
we would roll right into the next song.
But tonight,
I told you guys on my Instagram
that I have a very special special guest.
Before this very special guest comes out,
I wanna say this.
These guys have been banned
from performing in Australia.
And guess what?
I don't fuck with that.
So tonight, I'm gonna fucking get them
what they deserve,
and they're gonna come out here
and do a few songs for us tonight.
Let's fucking go, Sydney!
Make some noise for your very own Onefour!
You know what fucking time it is!
Let's go, Sydney!
Gang, gang, gang, gang
I'm like the Jay or the Drake of my city
Fuck what they say
They won't say that shit to me
I'm in downtown
All my brothers is with me
Shout out my boys from the 70
Shout out my boys from the 60
They know what's in me
Shout out my boys from the 17
They really know how I was livin'
Oh, what a feeling
I walk through the city
They treat me like God
We were six deep in that five-seater car
I heard they got a problem with me
Told 'em, "Come to my face"
But they fakin', they fraud
Drive in the hood in Lamborghini cars
I might just give a hunnid to my dawgs
Thank you for holding it down
And I'm sorry if you ever felt
Like there was love lost
Now they blamin' Onefour
For all of the drillings
They blamin' us
For what happens in Sydney
They blamin' us
For what happens in Melbourne
They blamin' us
For what happens in Brissy
Tell me who's with me?
'Cause I ain't kidding
This shit's been happenin'
Since back in the day
No one said nothing when sh got...
Now everybody's got suttin' to say
Get the fuck out my face between the event coordinators,
your manager, and police,
you were meant to perform your song
promote it, whatever.
That's not happening now.
So there's no song.
There's no singing, dancing.
There's no promotion.
What's the problem
with us doing the song?
- That's the whole problem.
- What's wrong with the song?
It's nothing to do with the song.
It's the fact that you guys are here.
But why are you
stopping the song from playing?
- Am I gonna keep going in circles?
- Just answer my question.
- I'm trying to explain to you...
- You're not answering straight.
No problems. Everyone, get on that wall.
Put your hands against it.
- You're not answering.
- No, you're not listening.
This is censoring.
Yeah, I grew up in Mounty
That's home of the brave
Out here we at war with the cops
Like Brax, but this ain't home and away
I didn't grow up round all those beaches
But I still got bros at the bay
Pull up, bang, spray
Do dat, do dat, gang, gang
Came straight out of Bidwill Deccan Way
Right there that's home of the gang
Took my first L at the back of the block
But that's what made me a man
Everything that I do is illegal
For my opps my intentions are evil
And I take the throne for my people
King of the ring like William Regal
Every day that it's FTS, FTP
Til they Mounty
Bopping back on these streets
Free up Lekks, free YP
For the gang I stay doin' O.T
Free up Biggs, that's my bro
Free up the whole of the GSO
We do not talk, we stick to the code
That's rule number one
When we step on the road
Like sh, sh
Talk to me, talk to me nice
On God if you fuck with a opp
Sh will get got, I put that on my life
All the times that they switched up
And how many times did I pay that price?
- This is Mounty
- Home of the brave
I don't wanna have to
Say that shit twice
Yeah I grew up in Mounty
That's home of the brave
Out here we at war with the cops
Like Brax, but this ain't home and away
I didn't grow up
Round all those beaches
- But I still got bros at the bay
- Ay, free 'em up
Pull up, bang, spray
Do dat, do dat, gang, gang
Yeah, I grew up in Mounty
That's home of the brave
Out here we at war with the cops
Like Brax, but this ain't home and away
I didn't grow up
Round all those beaches
- But I still got bros at the bay
- Ay, free 'em up
Pull up, bang, spray
Do dat, do dat, gang, gang
For me, growing up in Mounty
That's home, you know?
All the bullshit aside
All the violence and that
It's still home
I won't let no one talk down on Mounty