Slept On Sunday shines a light on the best of what’s slept on in hip-hop music and culture.
It’s Sunday and Tkay Maidza is slept on.
Tkay Maidza is a 23-year-old artist born in Zimbabwe, by way of Australia. She officially began releasing music in 2013 with a 2 song EP called “Brontosaurus”. But she wouldn’t gain national recognition until 2015 with her song “MOB” which got some Australian radio play. Just 2 years later, she would formally hold her own in the international state as she toured with Charli XCX and featured Killer Mike on her debut album.
In 2018 she released “Last Year Was Weird, Vol 1.”. This project showcased not only Tkay’s talent but her range as a songwriter. She was able to transition from fun, to aggressive, smooth to emotional, all within 22 minutes. She starts the project off on a high note with the “Big Things,” which feels like a reference to her drive to succeed, saying “I can almost touch the sun”.
Then on “Flexin”, it’s like she’s already touched it. The song is aggressive to the core, the hook stating proudly “I don’t have a conscience, and I won’t act responsible. When I pull up I’m flexin, you just do what you’re s’posed to do.”
This year she released the next installment: Last Year Was Weird, Vol 2, which showcased the very same abilities, just heightened on all fronts. Her range was still wide, yet she was able to pull off these sounds in a more consistent and cohesive manner. She was more aggressive, more smooth, more fun, and more emotional. This time scoring some exciting features from JPEGMAFIA on the mosh-pit-inducing “Awake”. And Kari Faux on the smooth and funky R&B jam “Don’t Call Again.”. But arguably the most memorable moment on the project is the song “You Sad”; Which is so catchy and addictive that you’ll be singing it for the next few weeks.
If you’re sleeping on Tkay Maidza, now’s your chance to wake up.
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