Tkay Maidza
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Tkay Maidza

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Hip Hop Electro

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"Switch Lanes - Single Review"

When Australia's Tkay Maidza started picking up comparisons to Azealia Banks with her debut single "U-Huh", it was with some understanding that we might not be hearing from Banks for a while. Particularly with the interminably dull Iggy Azalea, there's a certain amount of hope riding on Maidza to deliver bouncy and beat-heavy hip-hop on a level that could erase the shame of Australia's most visible entry into the genre to date. Like Banks, Maidza draws influences from British predecessors in grime, only without the baggage.

While "Switch Lanes" is allegedly about mourning lost friends, it could equally serve as a response to these still-fresh comparisons. "I don't know why they think we're alike," she raps over bass rumbles and a constantly moving beat, steel drums lashing out like daggers, with Maidza defiantly promising to switch it up on her terms alone. Regardless of who came before, if she can continue this streak of slick, party-ready rapping, she's got a glowing future. - Pitchfork


"Carry On review"

We first introduced Australia-via-Zimbabwe rapper Tkay Maidza back in August with the video for her ebullient single "U-Huh," an infectious track that almost sounds like the Cocteau Twins gone totally major key, and EDM. Today we're premiering Maidza's debut mixtape, Switch Tape, and it shows her keeping the vibe lighthearted for the most part, offering up a selection of tracks—including "Finish Them," her recent collaboration with UK club curator Bok Bok—percolating with frenetic euphoria. "The Switch Tape mixtape is basically an outlook and a taste of what I have been working on for the past 12 months," she told The FADER over email. "A true introduction of Brat Rap Tkay. I've been doing a lot of experimenting and having fun whilst I've been writing so I wanted to show everyone what is up, but this doesn't indicate anything what so ever. I just hope people feel the vibes and enjoy." We'll cheers to that. Listen now, download here, and check Tkay's live dates below. - Complex


"M.O.B. single review"

“M.O.B.” — short for “Money Over Bitches” — first showed up on Tkay Maidza’s promising debut mixtape, Switch Tape, and it’s now getting the single treatment. Outside the context of a 30+ minute Soundcloud mix, the track shines even brighter. It’s a glassy blend of rap and modern pop, showing off Maidza’s rhythm and the magic she can work with a good sample. “It’s about the present me talking to the future me about what I want to be and hoping I achieve it,” she revealed to Buzzfeed. “The money over bitches sample is open to interpretation but to me it actually means working hard over the ‘bitches’ in life whether that’s your mental struggles, people or whatever else.” Listen to it below. - Stereogum


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Bio

Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza launched onto Australia’s music scene in late 2013 and she is already making waves around the nation. Her debut single ‘Brontosaurus’ was released december and after enjoying airplay around the nation fans rushed to purchase the track forcing an impressive ARIA singles chart debut of #84. Brontosaurs has currently sold over 12,000 copies in Australia and amassed over 300,000 streams online. Shortly after, Maidza was also included in triple j’s annual Next Crop list alongside the likes of breaking artists Dustin Tebbutt and The Kite String Tangle, as “One To Watch” in News Ltd’s annual predictions and In The Mix are also predicting a big year ahead for the MC.  Tkay has also quickly made her presence felt on the festival circuit with appearances at the likes of Splendour in The Grass, Groovin The Moo and Listen Out Festivals. 

In May 2014 Tkay signed a record deal with universal affiliate, Dew Process, for Australian and New Zealand based on 5 unreleased songs, she is also booked by Select Music in Australia. In June 2014 Tkays Manager, Craig Lock, travelled to London, NYC and LA taking meetings at many major labels and global booking agents who are now offering to sign Tkay. By the time CMJ 2014 takes place we anticipate Tkay will have a global booking agent and label interest will be reaching peak levels.

 

“The young MC with the mega-watt grin has got the goods to go worldwide.” – (New Limited)

 

“…what’s got me most excited about Maidza is her potential for an explosive year in 2014.”Dave Ruby Howe, In the Mix

 

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