"Born in the south, bred in the north."
That would be the perfect term to describe the talented up-and-comer from Darwin, Australia. This is because after growing up in east-side Victoria until 11, Nicholas Clifton moved to the Northern Territory, discovering his talent for rap and his drive to succeed in the industry.
Clifton has been cementing his name, both locally and nationally, over a matter of years. Dedicated and driven, each song depicts another period in time, another emotional barrier to overcome.
Armed with rapid-fire delivery, heartfelt lyrics and a true passion for the genre, the road has been long indeed. Clifton was first recorded reading out lyrics to his peers in the schoolyard at 13, slowly evolving into a real fire for quality material and lyricism. The imagery and emphasis on his message through music has forever grown into a deep understanding of both himself, along with the audience he treasures so dearly.
Performing at dozens of shows amongst various genre's, including heavy metal bands and acoustic singers, diversity is a must when it comes to Clifton. A thorough supporter of the local Darwin community, he can be found at nearly every local hip-hop event, recently hosting the first hip-hop showcase as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival in 2019. This show highlighted some incredible local talent, including the likes of Riley P, Schmitty, Kaotik and Topics.
Releasing 'The Rabbit Hole' in May of 2019 was a massive milestone, as it symbolised not only the first project to be released by the 22 year old rapper, but the end of an emotional era. The tracks on the project, such as 'Breathing In' and 'Survive', depict a vivid image of the mental states involved in being thoroughly dedicated to the craft, along with creating a tone for the emotional journey that Clifton has experienced along the way.
Set to release a second mixtape and EP in 2020, the sky is the limit for this young artist, as he prepares to delve deeper into strengthening connections with his own, local scene, and the rest of the country.