‘Laughing Buddha’ was written and recorded as part of the wildly successful Grid Series as the Grid team instigates a collaboration between the ‘Sharp shooter emcee cowboy’ Chong Ali, ARIA nominated artist Emily Wurramara and super producer Ariel Blum. With a premier on Tone Deaf set for July the 23rd and the muscle of the Little Giant PR agency servicing to key media around Australia, the song will be backed up by a live video performance (1st of Aug) then a 5 minute doco released in November.
Born in Brisbane’s outer suburbs, Chong Ali is a product of the Vietnamese diaspora after his parents successfully escaped the Vietnam war. Growing up in a melting pot of cultures, influences, and conversations, Chong proudly represents the southern neighbourhoods in his raps and lyrics, where he first discovered Hip Hop culture.
Drawing from the rich sights and sounds around him, Chong Ali formed the rap group ‘EMR’ with a couple of friends and released their debut album ‘Elevate’. The crew later rebranded themselves as ‘Pistola Ave.’ and it was in these collaborative environments that Chong Ali developed his abilities as a rapper and producer. Now performing as a solo artist Chong pushes his artistic limits as he galvanises his message of authentic representation and unflinching story telling.
Chong Ali weaves seamlessly between boom bap hip hop and trap inspired rap music. He delivers a fluid yet gritty flow, the perfect tool to describe the world around him as he writes love letters to his neighbourhood and its people.