For Canberra hip hop artist KG, his craft isn’t just about making music that pops, it is much larger than this immediate effect. With his inspired rhymes and impassioned delivery, KG is speaking up for those in his community who cannot.
An emerging voice encouraging positivity and progression on a personal level, on a societal level and on a musical tip, KG looks directly at a diversifying Australian music scene - that still has some ways to go in terms of embracing powerful young people with things to say - with confidence and a brand new message in his new single, ‘CHANGE’.
First making an impact with his debut single ‘Mabo Martin Mandela’ last year, KG’s connection with his African heritage and culture has always remained a strong one when it’s come to threading these influences through his music. His father, who was a freedom fighter alongside Nelson Mandela, passed down this sense of justice and drive in pushing for social equality and awareness of the issues that face young people in particular.
Bringing together impressive beats, fierce energy and powerful lyrics is Canberra rapper KG. He's released some of the most stand out tracks of 2017 and we can't wait for the release of his debut album in 2018.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound and style of hip-hop music is all about the flow and making sure my rhythms and bars are in harmony with the music. Over the past few years after travelling back to South Africa/Botswana and getting in touch with my roots, I I really wanted to add a cultural element to my music and have meaning in all my songs. I don’t just want to focus on Australia only, I wanna make a universal sound.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The future generations.
What can punters expect from a KG live show?
Energy, passion & bars.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When doing music, be authentic and be yourself (Omar Musa).
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Juicy Juicy Green Grass' by Peter Combe. That song always makes laugh and sometimes when I DJ, I troll the crowd with it'.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Tiny Angel' by 360.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'For Good' by Remi featuring Sampa The Great. The two of them on this track together and the soul and groove in this song is the perfect joint for any party.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I caught was Amastro & Genisis Owusu in Canberra. It was crazy because it was like EDM lovers and hip-hop heads mixing together in one room and the vibe was so sick. It really proves that music has no genre when the music is dope.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Canberra music community that inspire you.
It’s cool what Peking Duk and Safia have done in making a name for themselves and putting Canberra artists on the map. It really shows all us Canberra cats that you can make it in music from anywhere.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017 and in 2018?
I have a few festivals coming up, starting with my single tour and then playing a few shows in Africa in January. Most of all, I'm mainly just hyped to drop my debut album in 2018.View Profile Hide Interview