Recognised as one of Australia's most admired and genuine rappers, Gomeroi rapper Kobie Dee launched his new single and lyric video, "Statistic".
Available as of today via Bad Apples Music, "Statistic" is also Dee's first single of 2024.
Based in South Sydney's Maroubra Bidjigal Land, Dee's newest single speaks about his upbringing as a young black man, and how he has processed cultural shame and witnessed the reality of life expectancy for Aboriginal people when up against high suicide rates and an over-representation of Aboriginal people in custody.
The song goes on to become a circuit breaker, as Dee refuses to be a statistic and shouts out to other mob breaking cycles and defying odds to carve their own futures.
He further focuses on the observations in his life that contribute to the devastating statistics that impact Aboriginal people and communities every day.
"This track is a reflection of the systemic racism and intergenerational trauma that affects our mob to this day, Dee said.
"I wrote 'Statistic' to share my frustrations on the constant fear of becoming another statistic, lost to a system that was deliberately built against us and designed to make us fail. Statistic is also my way to speak on the facts of our people, where we come from, and our strength in our resistance."
Known to be as much of a talented storyteller as he is a singer, Dee has joined forces with Indigenous Artist and graphic designer from Central Australia, Oumoula McKenzie.
Teaming up with Mckenzie was a choice the rapper made to illustratively connect the facts to the daily impacts Aboriginal communities face through the track's artwork and lyrical video.
Having created, produced and sold a series of posters across a wide range of topics, McKenzie is an expert in visually conveying a deeper message and meaning through both visuals and graphics.
Whilst this is Dee's first single of the year 2023 saw the singer incur several professional and personal wins.
As his discography reached more than 61 million global streams, Dee was awarded his first Gold certification for his 2019 single Jody, which first debuted for triple j's Bars Of Steel.
His single Father's Eyes, featuring Stan Walker then went on to win him a nomination for NIMA's Artist of the Year Award, and an invitation to perform live on stage at the NIMA Awards ceremony.
Towards the end of 2023 the popular rapper also appeared as GQ Magazine's newest star and trailblazer within the September/October issue, and made waves on stages at SXSW Sydney, Vivid Sydney, Brunswick Music Festival and the Powerhouse Museum's Powerhouse Late x Re-Right initiative.
Having also thrown his third Block Party from Maroubra's Coral Sea Park and continued work as a Youth Ambassador for Weave Youth & Community Services, Just Reinvest NSW whilst also joining the Mentoring Program for Young Mob of the Culture Is Life Program, it is clear Dee is in high-demand.
With plans to launch a new recording studio in Lexington for use by his Marboura and South East communities, Dee is looking forward to continuing his work as both a musician and positive community mentor and role model.
With all previous single's of Dee's being a hit with both the media and Indigenous communities, Statistic is sure to break new records, and further cement the infamous rapper as a household name.
"Statistic" is available now via Bad Apples Music.
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