Vents (born Joseph Lardner, also known as Vents One or Vents 1) is an Australian hip hop artist from Adelaide, South Australia. He is known for his dark political content and aggressive delivery, and his association with the Certified Wise crew, whose members include the Hilltop Hoods, Funkoars, Cross-Bred Mongrels and Terra Firma. With producer Trials of Funkoars, who is known for his extensive body of work with Hilltop Hoods, Drapht and Ash Grunwald, he has released two albums, 2007's Hard to Kill and 2011's Marked for Death. In 2010, DJ Adfu joined Trials as a collaborator with Vents, allowing Trials to concentrate on his other commitments.
In 2011, Vents signed to Hilltop Hoods' label Golden Era Records before releasing his second album Marked for Death. The album debuted at #25 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and was later nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Urban Album.
Vents has toured extensively and is known for his energetic live show, playing festivals such as the Big Day Out, Sprung Festival, and Homebake as well as supporting acts such as Wu-Tang Clan and Hilltop Hoods.
Vents made his debut on Funkoars' release, Who's Your Step Daddy, in 2003 and has since appeared on albums by Hilltop Hoods, Funkoars, Pegz, Hospice Crew, and Raven.
In 2006, Vents began working with producer Trials on a solo release. Hard to Kill, released 31 July 2007, was produced almost exclusively by Trials and features guest appearances by Suffa MC (Hilltop Hoods), Sesta & Trials (Funkoars) and Mortar (Clandestein). It reached #27 on the ARIA Urban Albums chart.
On 16 December 2008, Vents released the Trials-produced song "Class War" via the MySpace social networking site with the following message:
I was going to save this for the next album but I figured I will dedicate this to the folks in Greece before they run out of steam. RIP Alexis and all the best to you kids in Greece looking for a better quality of life.
Marked for Death was released on 13 May 2011 on Golden Era Records. The first single, "History of the World", and associated video clip were released on 11 April 2011. A second single and video for "Rollin' Balls" was released on YouTube on 2 June 2011.