“‘Nicest’ is about giving it up for all your worth and not letting the suckers get you down,” Mak Mak Marranungu rapper J-MILLA tells Apple Music about his new single, which features a melodic hook and chorus from singer Thir[13]teen. “It’s an unabashed reply to some hate mail I was getting during COVID, when I was posting some rap videos that slapped,” he says of the track, in which he delivers confident, prideful bars over electronic beats and bouncy synths. “They were getting lots of love but there were always a few haters. I developed the rap rant into a song, and the funny thing is, when I was booked to record it with my producer J-WESS, I got actually got COVID, and you can hear it in my voice. But me and my team liked it—it gave it a time and place in history.” Listen to “Nicest” 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. Apple acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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