Phrase (rapper)

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Birth name Harley Webster
Also known as Big Phrase
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1996–present
Labels Marlin/Universal
Associated acts Daniel Merriweather
Jan Skubiszewski
Jade MacRae

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


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 returns with a new sound for his 3rd album Babylon. The first single was "Apart" featuring Davey Lane. Other guest artists featured on the album include Jimmy Barnes, Sparkadia's Alex Burnett, Guineafowl, The Preachers 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]

Personal life[edit]

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




  • Talk with Force Mixtape (2005)


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS Urban
AUS Aust
AUS Hits
"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]


  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:
  8. ^ Phrase at the ARIA Music Awards website
  9. ^ 2007 Urban Music Awards,
  10. ^ a b 2007 UMA Winner List