14 March 2017
Victoria's Briggs has taken the 2016 Australian Music Prize with his barnstorming hip hop project A.B. Original.
A collaboration between Briggs (Yorta Yorta) and South Australian rapper Trials (Ngarrindjeri), A.B. Original won the $30,000 prize for their album Reclaim Australia.
Bombastic, aggressive and highly polished, the album includes the singles January 26, featuring Victoria's Dan Sultan, and ICU, featuring Thelma Plum. The album also features guest appearances by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Archie Roach.
While promoting the album, A.B. Original appeared on triple j's Like A Version segment to sing Dumb Things with Paul Kelly, a performance that has now had well over half a million views on YouTube.
Chairperson of the Australian Music Prize Judging Panel, Hoodoo Gurus' Dave Faulkner said, 'Reclaim Australia is more than just a great Australian album, it's a cultural landmark. It's an angry, funny, heartfelt, slamming hip hop music album that takes its inspiration from '90s gangsta rap, and filters it through a modern Aboriginal perspective. It hits hard politically, musically and emotionally and the stories A.B. Original are telling are ones we all need to hear right now.'
The all-Victorian field for the 2016 Australian Music Prize included nominees Olympia, The Avalanches, Camp Cope, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Nick Cave and Big Scary.