Greens hopeful’s homophobic, sexist rap past revealed
A foul-mouthed Greens candidate vying for state parliament was the lead vocalist in an offensive rap crew whose lyrics reference date rape, domestic violence and drug dealing.
Greens candidate for Footscray Angus McAlpine fronted Broken Aesthetiks, whose songs regularly reference "b****es" and include a number of homophobic slurs.
One particularly vile track features the lyrics: "date rape drugs in her drink then have my way".
Another boasts: "got no class when trying to get some a**, put a rowie (rohypnol) in your glass and wait for a few minutes to pass".
The Greens on Monday night stood by Mr McAlpine, who said the "disrespectful" lyrics were written for "shock value" when he was young.
He was 21 years old when Broken Aesthetiks' album was released.
Mr McAlpine - performing under the pseudonym FatGut - alludes to domestic violence in a rap about a breakup.
"It hurts me to the end because I want to hurt my f***ing girlfriend," he says.
In several explicit tracks, Broken Aesthetiks also rap about stealing a police car, ram raiding stores, being arrested for being drunk and drug taking.
"We're selling PCPs (the drug phencyclidine) to stop being poor c***s 'cos lining up in Centrelink was never a hobby of mine," Mr McAlphine says in one song.
He then goes on to talk about violating well-known Australian TV personalities - including the entire female cast of Neighbours.
A string of other celebrities, including musicians, TV hosts and sports starts, are also targeted in the group's music.
In a statement, Mr McAlpine said he was no longer part of the band and apologised for its lyrics.
"They did not reflect my views then and don't reflect my values now," he said.
"They were written for shock value when I was young and should have known better.
"I regret them deeply and am committed to the values of equality and peace which led me to join the Greens in the years since my involvement with the band."
Broken Aesthetiks 2010 album "Broke", with tracks including "S*** Talkers" and "Strike Her Eyes", is still available on online streaming sites.
Mr McAlpine admits in one tune that he "don't care for politics", while in another he says the "scene" has "more arseholes and opinions than Parliament House".
The candidate for the western suburbs seat has been campaigning to "put a plumber in parliament".
On the weekend he posted to social media about enjoying a "well-deserved watermelon juice" with an environmentally-friendly reusable straw - a far cry from his booze-filled antics as a rapper.
Mr McAlpine is the second Greens candidate to be embroiled in a scandal this election campaign.
Upper house hopeful Joanna Nilson bowed out of the election race when the Herald Sun revealed she had boasted online about shoplifting.
Liberal candidate Neelam Rai also quit after revelations she was the face of an unregistered "charity", while Labor's Peter Lockwood withdrew amid allegations that he assaulted a party rival.