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Urthboy (Tim Levinson)

Urthboy is a hip hop artist from Australia.

His first group, Explanetary, a short-lived project featuring members of Hermitude and school friends, folded after one EP In On The Deal (2001).

Urthboy's first solo album Distant Sense of Random Menace was released in 2004 ("Aussie Hip Hop needs this album" The Brag) and featured singles No Rider and Come Around. But it was 2007's The Signal that kicked things up a notch.

With the exceptional production of Count Bounce (TZU) and Elgusto (Hermitude), as well as the success of the first single We Get Around (top 25 in Triple J's Hottest 100), The Signal was hailed as "a classic" by Rolling Stone. It received two AIR Award nominations; a J Award nomination (Triple J's Album of the Year award); and it was shortlisted in the prestigious Australian Music Prize (Best Album 2007). The only national tour off the back of the album was completely sold out.

Significantly, the album was licensed to Motivo Records (among a select few hip hop records from Australia ever licensed overseas) and released late 2007. Urthboy has ventured beyond Australian shores (Malaysia 2007, Japan 2008).

In addition to solo material, Urthboy is one of the main lyricists of The Herd, whose four albums The Herd (2001); An Elefant Never Forgets (2003); The Sun Never Sets (2005/06); and Summerland (2008) have seen them build a huge fanbase in Australia. They've sold out national tours, including major metropolitan theatres through to regional venues whilst accepting invitations to every major festival in the country. During this time they've won AIR Awards; landed in the top 10 of the national charts; been nominated for an ARIA award (Best Urban 2008); J Awards and an AMP award.

2009 sees the release of Urthboy's much anticipated third solo album, Spitshine.

Urthboy is label manager for Elefant Traks records.

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