Started in Year
Raised in Ghana and based in Sydney.
settled in Sydney’s western suburbs with his sister and mum when he was 12. Manu was enrolled at Parramatta High School, and spent most of his time on the basketball court, with teenage pipe dreams of making the NBA. He started dancing with a group of kids his age and they called themselves the Syd Kids, setting up on sidewalks with a boombox and dancing for passersby
started working on beats with friend Dopamine—whose production weaves in and out of the catalogues of artists Miracle, JOY., and Anfa Rose (to name a few), most of whom are friends of Manu’s, and share a studio about fifteen minutes out of the city.
“Don’t get me wrong, once I realised ‘yo, this is what I want to do,’ I was in the studio making beats every single day. Every day. I did not leave.”
This year Manu Crooks made waves in the US, sharing the lineup with hip-hop’s biggest names at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival. Counting Apple Beats 1’s Zane Lowe as one of his biggest fans, Manu isn’t a stranger to the industry’s heavy-hitters. Following years of steady, quality releases that have drawn comparisons to Atlanta trap, the Ghanaian-born rapper is finally moving out of his Australian cocoon and wrestling with international recognition. From singles like Fuego, Ridin and Best Years, the Sydney-based rapper has always been involved from production, steering the direction of his sound that is both incredibly crisp and polished. Considered to be at the helm of Australia’s new guard of hip-hop stars, 2019 sees Manu’s evolution continue, paving the way for this country’s sound on the world stage.