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Indigenous Rapper Baker Boy Is Officially This Year's Best Young Australian

He's the first artist to achieve success rapping in the Yolngu Matha language.

22-year-old rapper, musician and dancer Danzal Baker has been named Young Australian of the Year, in recognition of his contribution to the arts.

Baker, also known as ‘Baker Boy’, is the first rapper to achieve mainstream success rapping in the Yolngu Matha language.

He was born in Darwin and grew up in Milingimbi and Maningrida, in Arnhem Land. He rose to prominence after his single ‘Marryuna’ was voted onto Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2017, where it placed 17th.

In addition, his debut single, ‘Cloud 9’, won the Triple J Unearthed competition in 2017.

Baker has signed a record deal with Select Music, and has performed as a support act for Dizzee Rascal, 50 Cent and Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project.

Accepting his award, Baker said:

“With love and respect, we have the power to shape the future and make Australia a place where we all are proud, where we all belong and where we stand united.”

He also thanked his fans on social media for their support.

Chair of the National Australia Day Council, Danielle Roche OAM, said of Baker:

“Danzal Baker is an inspirational young Australian, an outstanding musical talent and dedicated advocate for Indigenous Australian culture. Through his music, he inspires young Indigenous Australians to embrace their heritage while sharing his own cultural stories with a wider audience here in Australia, and around the world.”

His latest single, ‘Cool As Hell’, was released on Thursday, and is a collaboration with Thundamentals.

The Video For Ariana's New Song '7 Rings' Is Here And It's The Definition Of Opulence

We wanted it, we got it.

Ariana Grande released the highly-anticipated video for her latest song, ‘7 rings’ this afternoon, and naturally, the internet is already hyping it up.

The song is a lot slower than ‘thank u, next’, borrows the tune of ‘My Favourite Things’ from The Sound Of Music, and features Ariana rapping. The video is entirely neon and incredibly pink, and includes what might be the world’s longest ponytail.

Rapunzel or Snow White?

The song is basically about how good it is being rich, and also how useful retail therapy is when you’re sad. Ariana sings: “Been through some bad shit, I should be a sad bitch / Who woulda thought it’d turn me to a savage?” and follows it with “Rather be tied up with cuffs and not strings / Write my own checks like I write what I sing, yeah (Yeah)”.

We already know the story behind the song, which is that Ariana and her friends went to Tiffany’s in New York, where she bought them all rings, and the rest is history.

The song’s theme of being rich and able to buy whatever you want isn’t exactly relatable the way ‘thank u, next’ was, but fans are keen to embrace Ariana’s latest release nonetheless.

https://twitter.com/imaginenasa/status/1086131544945618944

The video features Ariana and her friends partying, living it up, and showing off their wealth with towers of champagne glasses and just so, so many diamonds.

She spends a lot of the video on the kitchen counter, for some reason. Is this some rich person quirk I’m too broke to understand?

She also spends parts of the video inside a…dollhouse? A tiny room? A crawl-in closet? I have no idea what this is. Another rich person thing I don’t understand, probably.

What is this, a room for ants?

Also, keep an eye out for one of Ariana’s dogs, who makes a cameo. I’ve just realised that this dog is richer than me, and now I’m sad all over again.

https://twitter.com/arianassuperior/status/1086136294063902720

You can check the video out for yourself below. Don’t blame me if it leaves you feeling sad that you only have $12 in your bank account.

Vampire Weekend Are Releasing A Double Album And You Can Hear The First Tracks Next Week

It's their first album in six years.

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend took to Instagram this morning to announce the band’s first album in six years, and their first album without founding member Rostam Batmanglij, who left in 2016.

The album’s initials are FOTB (we don’t know the full title yet), and it will consist of 18 songs. Koenig explained in the post that two songs will be released every month for the next three months until the album comes out, with the first two songs coming next week.

Koenig also wrote about the creative process:

“It’s called “FOTB” (well those are the initials – that’s a VW tradition) and it’s 18 songs. Picked the name a few years ago. At some point early on, the album drifted from the Mitsubishi Macchiato aesthetic. It was a helpful guiding principle tho. Working titles are important too.⁣

It’s a lot of songs but they all belong there. (If you disagree, you can always say it was 6 songs too long & make a lil 12-song playlist version of it.) At first, I wanted to make two 23-song albums on some human chromosome shit but then 23&me started doing Spotify playlists and I don’t know…felt we’d been scooped.⁣”

He’s not joking about 23AndMe doing Spotify playlists, by the way, although it was Ancestry.com who partnered up with them to use DNA to curate playlists. The playlists are based on the geography of your ancestors, in which case mine would be full of terrible Greek music, and I’m already not interested in looking into this any further.

Anyway, back to the album. It’s their first since Modern Vampires Of The City, which was released in May 2013, which feels like a lifetime ago.

Per Pitchfork’s report, the announcement follows the band making their first festival appearances in years last year, as well as revamping their website, returning to Instagram, and playing informal shows.

I’m keen.

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