Jimblah is a producer, MC and vocalist from Adelaide, South Australia.
Hailing from the Larrakia Nation in Top End Northern Territory, he is influenced by a wide range of different artists and genres, his main passion being hip hop.The most striking thing about Jimblah is not his ability to sing, rap and produce beats, it’s the eyebrow-raising fact he does them all so well. His flow alone outshines most MCs, but his tone and singing style are so memorable, so drenched in soul, it’s music for the heart. Then consider his signature dusty, chopped-up melodic productions and you begin to understand Jimblah is truly a special talent.
His debut album Face The Fire transcends hip hop, soul or indie music scenes, or even radio; it’s an album with the rare quality of being able to hang back a little, as though not desperate for your attention, knowing that you’ll be drawn in before long.
Jimblah was the inaugural winner of the Hilltop Hoods Initiative (2007) and was featured as triple j Unearthed Artist of the Week. He has performed at Big Day Out, The Dreaming Festival and Good Vibrations.
In September 2012 he signed to Elefant Traks who re-released Face The Fire as a free download for a limited time, introducing his talents to the label’s wider fan base.
His first show with his new label was at the iconic Sydney Opera House for Dr Seuss Meets Elefant Traks (Graphic Festival). He went on to support Urthboy on his highly successful Smokey’s Tour, appeared on The Tongue’s Surrender To Victory album and was named by Rolling Stone in their Top 20 Acts To Watch In 2013.
In July, as part of NAIDOC week celebrations Jimblah appeared on triple j Like A Version flipping Matt Corby’s ‘Resolution’ and debuting his new single ‘March’. Nick Findlay, assistant music director at triple j went on to say “Jimblah is one of the most promising emcees in the country at the moment, and his latest single ‘March’—the first off his forthcoming second album—is a testament to just that.”
In a broader piece highlighting the next crop of Indigenous music talent, Bernard Zuel from The Sydney Morning Herald named Jimblah as “one the freshest and most powerful voices in local hip hop”.
Jimblah supported Horrorshow on their King Amongst Many Tour. Playing to sold-out audiences across the country.
JIMBLAH – ‘CAPITOL CITY’
Jim’s BEEN consistently dope behind the boards and and on the microphone. I’ve known the homie for a long time now and to see how far his music has come and still continues to go has been just beautiful. I don’t know many other heads who bleed through their music as much as the brother Blah, do yourself a favour and get real familiar. – Funkoars
“In hip hop, you’ve got the MC – the storyteller, passing on knowledge, you’ve got the dancers – who provide the movement, visual artists and the DJ – with the song. You make those connections with Indigenous culture and it’s all there – same thing. We have the elders and people who passed on knowledge – that’s the MC. We have artists, who would also tell the story. We have dance, the power of song.”
Hailing from the Larrakia Nation in the Northern Territory, Jimblah sums up the paradox of ‘traditional’ (read: predominantly white) Aussie hip hop when he raps: “I see your fans, they’re a bunch of racist kids, so who’s to blame?” While there are few examples of overt racism in the local scene there is a definite racist undertone — so much so that those paragons of Aussie hip hop Hilltop Hoods felt compelled to write a whole song about it. Jimblah’s fiery pull no punches lyricism — highlights include: “Australia just look what we made here/From slave ships to Great Britain’s blood on their hands/Understand the royal fam, flying the flag/Unlawfully stands a generation unlawfully here” — has seen him garner significant critical acclaim.