During my time in Melbourne, I got involved with the freestyle hip hop scene through some friends, and hung out at the weekly ‘Can I Kick It?’ event hosted at Horse Bazaar. During the half-time break of the night, everyone wanders around to the alley to hang out, smoke, and perform a cypher. I’d crack out my camera for these cyphers, stand in the middle, and film whatever was spat at me. As well as an epic display of the talent in the community, it also showed how supportive of each other’s skills people were - old and new - and kept me on my toes with who was planning to jump in on the action next.
And the answer is no, I never got involved, and it’s probably for the best that I didn’t, though it was easy to feel the temptation from the room’s positive vibe.