Kaylah Truth – solo female Emcee from Brisbane. Toured with TLC and Lupe Fiasco.
“It has been harder for some women to be taken seriously in the past,” she says. “There was a time when the sound from artists like Mallrat and Tkay would never have been called hip hop, because it doesn’t emulate the boom-bap or skip hop sound. The beauty of the new wave of artists is that there seems to be an appreciation for those that don’t box themselves in. As we slowly multiply, and the new generation begin to experiment with their sound, we see a wider audience showing interest in artists that display elements of hip hop in the mix of their craft.
Major record labels, radio stations and festival organisers need to come to terms with the fact that the scene in Australia is evolving,” she says.
One particular bit of feedback I got when I released my debut single in 2014 was that I was rapping – so it was kinda hip hop – but the beat wasn’t hip hop enough,” she says.
“I just created the song [‘Oh Diva Me’] without a thought to categorisation, because that’s what I was feeling at the time. The whole need for other people to categorise you can rub off and block your creativity, but if you let go and ride the new wave mentality, you might create some next-level stuff that you didn’t even know you were capable of.”
“They need to open their eyes to the diverse talent we have in our own backyard and support their local artists. Until then, we’ll just keep using technology as our strongest tool to push ourselves, or we do what other talent has done and go straight to the overseas market, bypassing Australia altogether. Let’s be real, though – it would be a crying shame for our own country to miss out on what we’ve got to offer.”
“In Brisbane alone, there is a greater plight for inclusivity of artists of varying gender, sexuality, musical influences and so forth. In general, there just seems to be more interest in hearing different voices now – hence the increase in the number of women being truly acknowledged in the scene.” Kaylah https://thebrag.com/where-youre-from-where-youre-at-the-changing-face-of-australian-hip-hop/
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