In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’. His totem is the Olive Python/ Rainbow Serpent, his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin is Burralung/Gela boy.
Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities Milingimbi and Maningrida 20 year-old Danzal Baker aka Baker Boy is related to rising stars Gawurra and Yirrmal. He is the freshest new Yolngu hip-hop talent from the Top End. Young, strong and proud Baker Boy raps in Yolngu Matha language representing his Arnhem Land bloodlines. He knows his value, his worth and he raps on Cloud 9 so others get it.
What seems to be a whirlwind of success since the debut of Baker Boy, Cloud 9 has manifested into a full-blown Cyclone Baker. After infiltrating the triple j crew with an instant full rotation addition and prospering in their appraisals Baker Boy’s career has dropped into 6th gear, spreading his word far and wide. Baker Boy is known as a multi-talented, multi-lingual artist, working across rap, dance, acting and graffiti, and he hopes to inspire younger generations to embrace their culture and become leaders in their communities.
The southern hemisphere’s largest music conference BIGSOUND picked up on Baker Boy like a hot rock and threw him into the depths of their exciting first announce alongside notable Australian musicians. For those that caught the set – we need say no more.
And the good news keeps rollin’ on in! Channel Ten’s logie award winning news program The Project love the guy and ran a full length interview with Waleed Aly this month only a month after the MASSIVE win for Team Baker Boy with triple j Unearthed dropped the bomb that the one and only Baker Boy has taken the gong for this year as the 2017 triple Unearthed NIMA victor.
As part of his prize, Baker Boy was flown to Darwin where he knocked out a fully-charged live performance of Cloud 9. “Playing on the same stage that night with A.B. Original, Dan Sultan and Emily Wurramara blew my mind”.
“With a clear passion for supporting Indigenous communities and preserving traditional languages I reckon we’ve found the perfect artist to join the celebrations of Indigenous art and culture at the 2017 NIMAs.” Dave Ruby Howe, triple j.
His banging track Cloud 9 won the NT Song of the Year Award in the Hip Hop category and the Inaugural Native Tongue Award, along with being the nights most anticipated performers. Asked about his performance there and on the massive NIMA stage Baker Boy responds – “I was fully pumped, I only spin-kick like that when the energy flows through me like a nuclear power station. I felt amazing, my whole family was there and I felt proud.”
Baker Boy has the industry talking, and is destined to be one of this country’s greatest hip hop stars. Watch this space!