The Optimen are an Australian hip hop group, originating from Brisbane, Queensland.
The crew consisting of Sammsonite, Datsun, K-West and DJ Damage released their first album "02 Breath Control" in 2002. The album 02 Breath Control is a solid Hip-Hop journey with little emphasis on the battle style that seems to be so prevalent in Aus releases. They tend to focus on entertaining picture painting style tracks with solid but not too technical flows.
The optimen have received Triple J air time with their single "Where the F#ck you at?" and "Give it up". The Optimen also network with the Terntable Jediz. The Optimen are said to be dedicated hip-hop music enthusiasts and are committed to the production of quality music. Their lyrics are heavy on word-play and liquid like fluidity and convey aspects of what lingers on inside their (perhaps a little bit warped) minds.
Filmed in Brisbane by AVision and Visual Outbreak, the film clip for the track "Give it Up" features the optimen "dealing" music in a future post-apocalyptic city where music is illegal. They are pursued and captured by the metro-police of this city before escaping and making a getaway in a car driven by KWest (who in reality doesn't even have his learners licence)
Sammsonite said "We are in the process of breaking through nationally, and hope to be on some shelves in the UK and the US pending the local success of this, our debut release… "
The Optimens' Fave artists: Eastern Conference, Madlib, Brothers Stoney.
The Optimen released their latest album "Boomtown" Monday the 7th of November 2005.
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