It only took an hour or so for Tasman Keith to make “5FT FREESTYLE”. It’s an “introduction to the new world”, the Gumbaynggirr rapper tells Apple Music of the proudly competitive, rap-battle-inspired track filled with ego, clever rhymes and lyrics that pay homage to both the art form itself and those who came before him. “Sonically it’s representative of the braggadocious, direct personality that I formed listening to rap songs exactly like it,” he says. “Those joints that take it back to the sport of rap, simply proving yourself as the best.” “5FT FREESTYLE” is exactly that—evidence that the rising Eora-based artist has something to say, and muscles to flex. “The process was simply getting in the studio and saying, ‘Let’s make some classic hip-hop.’” Hear “5FT FREESTYLE” on FIRST, the playlist showcasing the best, freshest music from First Nations artists across Australia. It’s curated and updated every month by Wiradjuri woman Jaja Dare—if you hear something you like, add it to your library. The artwork was created in collaboration with Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie.
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