Phrase (rapper)

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Phrase
Birth nameHarley Webster
Also known asBig Phrase
OriginMelbourne, Australia
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active1996–2011
LabelsMarlin/Universal
Associated actsDaniel Merriweather
Illy
Jan Skubiszewski
Jade MacRae
Websitewww.myspace.com/bigphrase

Harley Webster (born 1981) – better known as Phrase – is an Australian hip hop MC, originating from Melbourne.

History[edit]

Phrase began to piece together an album with producers Daniel Merriweather and J-Skub (Jan Skubiszewki), while working part-time for the Reach Youth foundation,[1] an organisation that Phrase credits with helping him overcome behavioural problems he had in his mid-teens.[1] The album, Talk with Force was picked up for national release by Universal Music Australia in 2005. Three singles were released from this album, "Here Now" featuring Mystro, "Catch Phrase" featuring Daniel Merriweather, and "Hold On" featuring labelmate Max White.

In 2007 he founded the record label Crooked Eye with DJ Flagrant and J-Skub.[2] The label's first release was a mixtape by Melbourne MC Illy (which Phrase also appears on). The same year, he released the non-album single "Face It" featuring Ian Kenny from Karnivool and Birds of Tokyo; which was used in the marketing campaign for the Australian release of Halo 3[3]

In 2009 Phrase released his second album Clockwork, which included the high-rotation Triple J singles "Skylight" (featuring Kram) and "Clockwork". The album reached No. 26 on the ARIA albums chart[4] and No. 6 on the ARIA Urban albums chart.

In 2011, Phrase returned with a new sound for his 3rd album Babylon. The first single was "Apart" featuring Davey Lane. Other guest artists featured on the album included Jimmy Barnes, Sparkadia's Alex Burnett, Guineafowl, The Preatures and Jane Doe. During an interview with Reegan from Radar, Phrase said that 'Babylon is not a hip-hop album, but an album with rap on it.'[5] Following a tour in support of the album, Phrase withdrew from making music. He has not performed live or released any new material since.

Personal life[edit]

Phrase married Australian R&B singer Jade MacRae.[6] He attended Glen Waverley Secondary College as a teen; his father was an English teacher there. Phrase lives in Melbourne with his wife. He has two sisters – a tattooist and an actress.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Talk with Force Mixtape (2005)

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[7]
AUS Urban
[7]
AUS Aust
[7]
AUS Hits
[7]
"Here Now" / "Talk with Force" 2005 13 Talk with Force
"Catch Phrase" 2006 55 15 16 1
"Hold On" 60 14 19 1
"Face It" 2007 36 15 Non-album single
"Clockwork" 2008 12 Clockwork
"Skylight" (featuring Kram)
"Spaceship" 2009 28 5
"All Good"
"The Day You Went Away" (featuring Wendy Matthews)
"Push Up" 2010
"Never Fade" Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Guest appearances[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Nomination, 2006 ARIA Best Urban Release Talk with Force[8]
  • Nomination, 2007 Urban Music Awards Best Male Artist[9]
  • Winner, 2007 Urban Music Awards Best Hip Hop Single "Hold On"[10]
  • Winner, 2007 Urban Music Awards Best Video Clip "Hold On"[10]

J Award[edit]

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2009 Clockwork Australian Album of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The dream factory for teenagers, Carolyn Webb, The Age, 12 March 2002.
  2. ^ DJ Flagrant interview
  3. ^ Phrase To Face It With Halo 3, Planet Urban
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Radar Radio Interview
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Peak chart positions for releases in Australia:
    • ARIA Top 50 Albums or Singles: Hung, Steffen. "Discography Phrase". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 22 September 2016.
    • "Here Now" / "Talk with Force": "Week Commencing ~ 12th September 2005 ~ Issue #811" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (811): 18. 12 September 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
    • Talk with Force: "Week Commencing ~ 3rd October 2005 ~ Issue #814" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (814): 17. 3 October 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
    • "Catch Phrase": "Week Commencing ~ 6th January 2006 ~ Issue #831" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (831): 3, 7, 13, 16, 19. 6 February 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 February 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
    • "Hold On": "Week Commencing ~ 31st July 2006 ~ Issue #856" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (856): 4, 7, 11, 15, 18. 31 July 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
    • "Face It": "Week Commencing ~ 26th November 2007 ~ Issue #925" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (925): 4, 7, 11, 15, 18. 26 November 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 December 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
    • "Clockwork": "Week Commencing ~ 10th November 2008 ~ Issue #976" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (976): 21. 10 November 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
    • "Spaceship": "Week Commencing ~ 6th April 2009 ~ Issue #997" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (997): 18, 21. 6 April 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  8. ^ Phrase at the ARIA Music Awards website
  9. ^ 2007 Urban Music Awards, inthemix.com.au Archived 9 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b "2007 UMA Winner List". Archived from the original on 13 October 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2008.