Hardcore Love - Fundraiser 4 Spice
If Hip Hop in Australia has a mother, her name is Sharline "Spice" Bezzina.
Spice is one of the country's most important Hip Hop pioneers. In the 1980s she was a fearless teen who set the stage for the genre's huge success in Australia today. A world renowned graffiti writer, iconic rapper and respected youth worker, Spice is also a mother and a dear friend.
Now the local Hip-Hop community is coming together to give back to Spice. We are working to raise funds to help Spice afford vital preventative cancer treatments, surgery, medication and therapy on a number of debilitating injuries caused by an accident in 2011. The downward spiral in her health has taken its toll on Spice and her family and resulted in 6 years of chronic pain and suffering. We are asking all of those with a love for Spice and an appreciation for local Hip Hop to show their support. Now is the time to give back to someone who has been a mentor and inspiration to so many of us.
Spice's influence began in the early 1980s. Beginning as a b-girl, she then helped define rap in Australia as one of the country's first MCs, and became a titan of the graffiti scene as a world renowned writer.
In 1988, at the tender age of 15, Spice was Australia's first solo MC on vinyl, recording "Hardcore Love" for the Virgin/EMI Hip-Hop compilation “Down Under By Law”. She toured the country and opened for Hip-Hop royalty Ice-T at the Enmore Theatre. She has graced television screens, appeared on movie soundtracks, in magazines, hosted numerous radio programs, managed tours for Hip-Hop legends, and all to represent the culture she loved. Her influence has set the stage for Hip-Hop icons ranging from Def Wish Cast to the Hilltop Hoods.
Spice is known to most today as one of the world’s finest graffiti writers. A master of style, graffiti is the element of Hip-Hop Spice has made her own. A pioneer since the 80s, her amazing spray-painted works across walls, black books and fashion, have been an inspiration for young artists, male and female alike. Throughout her illustrious career she has had many highlights including representing Australia at We B Girlz Festival in Berlin, helping paint the first ever mural on the National Black Theatre in Harlem, painting every borough in NYC & several parts of Europe, exhibiting her work in New York, Amsterdam n Australia wide, and being featured in the Powerhouse Museums “Back to the 80’s” exhibit.
Even in the face of injury and illness, Spice’s creativity, passion for Hip-Hop and her community has continued. She is an accomplished youth worker, giving an opportunity to the next generation of artists through workshops and procurement of legal walls and spaces, and a loving mother, raising two talented children who have become amazing artists in their own right. Spice is a creative fire that continues to burn.
Feel free to also help us spread the word
Thanks for your assistance
The Fundraising Team
Hardcore Love - A Fundraiser 4 Spice
Thanks to everyone for the massive effort to make that happen!
Now that's some #HardcoreLove4Spice!!!
Please tag all your pics and videos with #HardcoreLove4Spice, so we can locate all of them :-)
Also, BIG SHOUT OUT to our sponsors 567 King for their incredible support & Ironlak for coming on board to ensure we had plenty of paint for the canvases. Mad love to the incredibly talented graff artists who donated their time & skills, all the MC's & DJ's who played for free (too many to name), all the crew who flew in from interstate, plus all the Syd fam who came on board to help set up and/or lend us various pieces of equipment. Lastly big shout out to The Factory Theatre and their staff for opening up their doors to Hip Hop and assisting us on our mission to create this event.
Most of all thanks to SYD Def Jam, Joint Adventure and Basic Equipment who put in endless hours of dedication to create a pretty damn successful fundraiser for Sha Spice Bezzina.
The fundraiser is far from over though, peeps. Expect to see the launch of our online auction this week, which will include signed merch from a stack of legends including Hilltop Hoods, artwork from PHASE 2, Amuse, Mistery & plenty more!
Stay up to date here:
Make sure you grab tickets to our upcoming Hardcore Love Fest, set to take place on Sunday 4th June @ The Factory Theatre. Performances by Def Wish Cast, Celsius, Kilawattz, That's Them, Bingethinkers, 13th Son, Sleeping Monk, Mr Clean, Swarmy, Fortay, Trap Runnerz, Spaceport 2, Sub C, Stayfly & many more!!!
For those in the Sydney area, make sure you grab tickets to the MASSIVE fundraising event set to take place on Sunday June 4th @ The Factory Theatre.
Grab your tickets NOW!!! - www.tinyurl.com/hardcorelove4spice