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First Nations rapper BARKAA releases new single and music video ahead of sold-out shows

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After releasing her new single 'We up' with great success, rapper and ​​Malyangapa, Barkindji woman BARKAA has now dropped the single's official music video.

Reuniting with producer jayteehazard, 'We Up' is a victorious anthem. BARKAA repeats "you never be bringing me down again" between a thudding bass and piercing strings, atop raps that are a triumphant call to staying in a zone of self-belief.

Whether relationships, friendships and everything in between and outside, "We Up" is a reminder that nobody will ever bring BARKAA down again.

When speaking on the release of the new single and video, BARKAA said she wanted to create something that not just sounded great but was truly entertaining and uplifting.

"I wanted to write something that pumped on the stage, that felt good spitting, that uplifted my people and hyped them up. I wanted to create something fun, something cheeky and make a statement on what the concrete jungle raised," she said.

"I want to show my diversity as a rapper, that I can make bangers if I want to and bring you all to tears in the next track. "We Up" is basically me saying "hello, I'm back, I'm here and I ain't going nowhere. Reminding people as a Blak woman in this country, I don't have to be humble and I'm not lucky, I worked my fucking ass off to get me to where I am today."

"The clip I wanted us to capture Blak excellence and Blak joy. I had to get a VL for the clip because ever since I was a little girl that's been my dream car. So much love and pride was poured into the clip, one of my favourite music videos I've ever done and I had the best team behind it who is also run by First Nations mob, BARKAA told Rage.

"I'm so proud to be a part of what I'm a part of and thankful we could create a time capsule for all the mob to look back on forever and ever."

BARKAA behind the scenes filimg for 'We Up' video shoot. (Image: Jazel Jozic)

With a run of upcoming sold-out shows from March 16 to May 31, the talented singer has a busy few months of performances, appearances and media commitments.

One of those notable big commitments and performances being BARKAA's upcoming headline show at VIVID Sydney on May 31, set to take place at the Drama Theatre in Sydney.

Renowned as being an annual celebration of creativity, innovation and technology that brings together some of the most boundary-pushing artists, thinkers, musicians and culinary experts of our time, the opportunity to perform at Vivid Sydney is yet another reflection of the singer's talent and ongoing success.

Since the release of her debut single "For My Tittas" in 2020, BARKAA has swiftly climbed to become recognised as one of the most respected voices in Australia's hip-hop community.

Having a significantly successful 2023, last year BARKAA make her debut at SXSW Sydney, performed her single "King Brown" - which recently celebrated 2 million streams - at the ARIA Awards, and launched an exclusive kids tee in collaboration with Haus of Dizzy.

The talented artist also closed out the year with an official Sydney NYE performance alongside We Are Warriors' Nooky, Dallas Woods, Angus Field and more, while the Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit up with projections of BARKAA's face created by Paris-based First Nations artist, Janelle Burger.

(Image: Jazel Jozic)

With two ARIA nominations to her name, as well as winning Song of the Year for 'King Brown'' at the National Indigenous Music Awards, Record of the Year and Best Video at the FBi SMAC Awards for Blak Matriarchy, BARKAA is claiming her position as the frontier face of Australian rap.

With 'We Up' set to also break new records and further cement BARKAA as a First Nations force to be reckoned with, this year is bound to showcase and celebrate the rapper as a returning face, with a fresh perspective and culturally backed tone.

'We Up' is out now via Bad Apples Music

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