The multiple award-winning Indigenous Australian rapper Baker Boy has today released his debut 14-track album “Gela” album via Universal Music / Island Records Australia. The 44-minute release has been years in the making. Several singles from the album have been released over many months to make it digital / vinyl / CD ready. The new Gela album features New Zealand’s JessB, Zimbabwean-Australian artist Thando, Jerome Farah, Indigenous Australian artists Yirramal and Uncle Jack Charles, G Flip, Glen Gurruwiwi, Lara Andallo amongst others and contains the already certified Gold-Selling lead single “Cool As Hell”, capping off an impressive 3-4 years for the busy artist.
Born in Darwin and raised in the remote Northern Territorian communities Yurrwi (formerly known as Milingimbi and Maningrida), the young Baker Boy is known locally in Arnhem Land and beyond as the “Fresh New Prince” – the freshest new Yolngu hip-hop talent from the Top End. Baker Boy, a strong, proud, young rapper, is the first to rap in Yolgu Matha (representing his Arnhemlands bloodlines) and partially in English. Baker Boy is a multi-talented artist. His work includes rap, dance acting, acting and graffiti. This has inspired younger generations to embrace their culture as leaders in their own communities.
Baker Boy rose to national prominence after winning the National Indigenous Music Award (NIMA) and released the two massive singles “Cloud 9” and “Marryuna” that both landed in the national end-of-year Top 100 all genres music countdown, at #76 and #17. Baker Boy is now the second-highest Indigenous artist ever in Australia’s Hottest 100 countdown history, just behind A.B. Original’s excellent politically charged “January 26” in 2017. Baker Boy’s “Marryuna” was the first song ever to place in the Top 20 that was performed in an Indigenous language.
Baker Boy has toured extensively around Australia and Europe, opened for the likes of 50 Cent and the UK’s Dizzee Rascal, starred on TV shows, was announced as the Young Australia of the Year in 2019, and was also recently was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the performing arts as a singer and musician – the first Australian rapper to receive such accolades ever.