Hip hop artist sings the blues
TOWNSVILLE hip hop artist Buttah has a lot to say about the city he’s lived in for the past 15 years – and it’s not all positive.
Buttah, also known as Murray Burt, has just released his second album, City of Sirens- Dawn, a collection of songs inspired by the good and bad of Townsville.
Burt grew up in Cooktown and moved to Townsville 15 years ago, graduating from a Bachelor of Theatre at James Cook University and performing in numerous theatre productions.
“I knew that I always wanted to perform,” he said.
“I’ve been writing rhymes since about 14 or 15 years ago.”
He said a music video he made last week for single Tour of My City featured some of the best and worst parts of the city, with his songs touching on topics including the natural beauty of the region and the rising crime rate.
“It’s certainly not a glossy ‘ have a look at how pretty my city is’ video,” he said. “It’s about my experiences of Townsville.”
The album features rising songstress Emma Louise and Townsville singer Elise Teitzel.
Burt said some of the songs were written years ago and it was exciting to finally release them.
The second instalment of the two- part album, City of SirensDusk, will be released later in the year.
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