With the release of her new album officially fast approaching, Tkay Maidza has dropped a new single featuring none other than Killer Mike.
Carry On has a fresh, upbeat tune that flows on from the confronting sounds of sirens blaring. The percussion holds the breezy melody with a great amount of strength, compelling us to imagine what power it would bring to a live performance. Killer Mike supports her with his familiar and influential voice, stopping the listener in their tracks and adding more power to the song.
Maidza describes the song as being about those who bring her down, something that a lot of people struggle with during their journey to success. “I guess what I’m trying to say is I have bigger issues that only matter to me as a youngin at this point in my career and Killer Mike is reinforcing that,” she said.
In relation to her “respected and loved” collaborator, Maidza has these words of admiration and gratitude to say. “It was really cool that Mike listened to what I was saying in my verse as his verse is a conversation to mine… to him I must sound like I need guidance, and what he said was really reassuring and relevant for me,” she said.
Mike has given some love to Tkay before, giving her a shout out during a talk at MIT last year:
“I remember thinking to myself, I’m in Australia, I’ve been here for two weeks, and not one person talked about Iggy Azalea – and I’m at a music festival! Not one person! The person that all the Australians were talking about was a black girl! Her name was Tkay something, I saw her perform, she rocked the house! So here I am in Australia, and the biggest rising star here is a pie-faced girl with a round nose and beautiful coco brown skin – that’s a compliment in my opinion, I think having a round face and a round nose is beautiful – so in America, people are asking me to be angry about the whole cultural appropriation of a white woman from Australia who just grew up liking hip hop… I’m angry and raging about that because I believe the whole world is American, and in Australia… there’s sold out shows for a little black girl who can dance her ass off. And she’s actually saying stuff when she raps!”
Tkay Maidza’s eponymous debut album Tkay will be out on October 28, around which a full headline tour has also now been announced – full details below.
Wed 26 Oct – Cassette, Auckland, New Zealand (Door sales only)
Thurs 27 Oct – Empire, Christchurch, New Zealand (Door sales only)
Thurs 03 Nov – The Triffid (Lic / All Ages), Brisbane, QLD (Tickets)
Fri 04 Nov – 170 Russell Melbourne, VIC (Tickets)
Sat 05 Nov – Metropolis, Perth, WA (Tickets)
Thurs 10 Nov – The Metro (Lic / All Ages), Sydney, NSW (Tickets)
Fri 18 Nov – HQ Adelaide (Lic / All Ages), Adelaide, SA (Tickets)
Sat 19 Nov – Uni Bar, Hobart, TAS (Tickets)
She also has a few other shows scatted around September and October, before hitting Falls at the end of the year.
Tues 6 Sep – Secret Sounds BIGSOUND Pre-Party, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Wed 7 Sep – BIGSOUND Showcase, The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD
Sat 1 Oct – Mountain Sounds Presents, The Beery, Central Coast, NSW
Sun 2 Oct – Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW
Thurs 29- Sat 31 Dec – The Falls Music And Arts Festival, Lorne, VIC
Thurs 29 – Sat 31 Dec – The Falls Music And Arts Festival, Marion Bay, TAS
Sat 31 – 02 Jan – The Falls Music And Arts Festival, Byron Bay, NSW
Her self-titled album will be released on October 28.
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