The Meeting Tree
‘r u a cop’
It’s a question that plagues the minds of petty criminals, motorcycle gang members, aspiring hooligans and illegal immigrants – but that’s exactly why The Meeting Tree’s r u a cop encapsulates the voice of our generation.
The erratic and frenzied lovechild of Joyride and Raph Lauren, The Meeting Tree deliver the most exciting sounds to emerge from Redfern since Anthony Mundine’s rap career. Formed after a sold-out national tour as members of the One Day clique, both men needed a new artistic outlet, and a new revenue stream for expensive watches and unnecessary Versace accessories.
“We needed to let off a little steam, so we got our publisher to pay for us to have a trip away where we got extremely faded and made an EP together,” they explain.
Their illusive presence was initially limited to Instagram, where they established themselves as masters of aesthetic with a visceral disdain for authority figures, narcs and Chet Faker. Soon after, they poured their unbridled creative juices into The Meeting Tree potion, and the resulting r u a cop EP is bound to get you binge drinking.
Recorded at a holiday house just north of Sydney, they describe the EP as “a long, luscious and uplifting truth bomb.” Indeed, the two have managed to blend their diverse musical histories in a seven-track effort that stays loyal to their personal brands. After all, selling out is for snitches and cops.
Filled with rich melodies, cloudy production and localised larrikinism, r u a cop somehow manages to blend hip-hop, electronica and pop without being terrible. In fact, this EP is the polar opposite of terrible. Lyrically, ‘First Place Pt. 1’ is the most obnoxious track to penetrate your earholes in years, but delivered with such silky finesse that it’s bound to become a karaoke classic.
Meanwhile, the ‘r u a cop’ title track is a trap-tinged banger that’s destined for festival stages, with an aggressive drop that’s enough to make you scull a reverse Jagerbomb and shirtfront an undercover. The track features multi-Platinum selling artist and ARIA award winner Adamio Hyde, one half of rambunctious turn up kings Peking Duk. The duo also put their golden touches on the project by mastering the EP.
Other tracks on r u a cop also prove to be mind-boggling in the best way possible. ‘Travelling Bear Blues’ evokes images of a sleepy rural escapade, while ‘Vous et Moi’ transports you instantly to an illegal rave den with seizure-inducing lighting.
What results is an EP that even Senior Constables will find impossible to ignore. The Meeting Tree is a movement of Che Guevara proportions, painted with punk rock’s snarling energy and a healthy skepticism of an increasingly omnipresent police force.
Joyride and Raph Lauren are both members of super-group One Day, who last year catapulted Sydney’s infamous Inner-West into the national spotlight with their #2 charting album Mainline. The album was also hailed by the streets as “the realest shit recorded since Tupac’s closing monologue on ‘Hit Em Up’.” They were recently handpicked to support Drake on his debut stadium tour of Australia, while their One Day Sundays block party has grown to become the country’s biggest, best and most turnt.
Joyride is the spiritual descendent of Nate Dogg and Barry White, with an irresistible voice that’s graced stages across the country, as well as more Triple J ‘Like A Version’ appearances than you can count. He’s also the touring DJ for Spit Syndicate, and a skilled multi-instrumentalist who will probably steal your missus.
Raph Lauren is the producer behind rap duo Jackie Onassis, known for being shirtless for no reason whatsoever. He also has a respectable sportswear collection and a cat named Sosa. Jackie Onassis are set to release their debut album in 2015, while Raph’s solo production has earned praise from the likes of Ryan Hemsworth and 24 Karat Kev.