About Tkay Maidza
Tkay Maidza burst onto the electronic music scene in 2014 with her debut EP, Switch Tape. The Australian singer/rapper earned comparisons to established artists like M.I.A. and Banks upon its release, and the singles "Switch Lanes" and "MOB" both made strong impressions on the charts. Her reputation grew with the release of her 2017 full-length Tkay and subsequent EPs, Last Year Was Weird, Vols. 1 and 2.
Maidza was born in Zimbabwe, but she and her family moved to Adelaide, Australia when she was five. She went on to study architecture at the University of South Australia but quit her studies to become a full-time musician. She was only 17 when she released her debut single, "Brontosaurus," after taking part in an artists' development program in Adelaide.
Following the success of Switch Tape, Maidza set about recording her debut long-player. The lead single, "Carry On," appeared in 2016 and featured Run the Jewels' Killer Mike. The album, titled Tkay, was released in January 2017 and reached number 20 on the Australian album chart. It was followed by the 2018 EP Last Year Was Weird and single "Flexin," featuring Duckwrth. A companion EP, Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2, arrived in August 2020 and included the track "You Sad." A series of singles came out in the early part of 2021 including "Kim" with Yung Baby Tate and a cover of Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" ~ Bekki Bemrose