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Drapht (born Paul Ridge) is a solo hip-hop Emcee from Perth, Western Australia. His father, Gary Ridge, a jazz drummer, introduced Drapht to music at a very young age. Paul had his first taste of hip hop at the age of eight. The name Drapht is based on a Swan Brewery beer, Swan Draught, which was displayed on a watch that his father brought home when he was 13 or 14.

Drapht attended Perth Modern School in Subiaco but was not involved in the school’s music program. At school, he became friends with Damien Allia (aka DJ Armee) who introduced him to hip hop via gigs at the Hyde Park Hotel.

Drapht became a vital part of Perth’s hip hop crew Syllabolix at the age of 17.

“I was real lucky. I hung around all the SBX members before I even started rapping. I was right in the middle of it all, I had access to the fucking dopest producer at the time Dazastah, freestyle sessions at Hunter’s, and constant schooling from the whole crew. So, it was hard for me not to learn quick and be involved with it all.” - Drapht

This involvement resulted in his first contributions being recorded and included on the Done DL album in 2000, only months after he had started seriously writing.

Drapht’s first track, “Misunderstood”, which sampled Nina Simone’s 1964 song, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, was released as part of the Culture of Kings - Volume 3 released in 2003.


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