Despite having been to about four or five festivals over the last two years where Tkay Maidza was playing I had still never seen her. And damn, do I regret not making time for her.
The Adelaide pocket rocket rapper is genuinely astounding live. Her curious blend of pop-bangerz, Azealia banks inspired flow, and a touch of that ubiquitous ‘Australian Sound’ comes across as insanely fun in a live setting, and is genuinely addictive.
Oh Hello on the 25th of September was absolutely packed to capacity of punters catching a glimpse of a true star in the making. Sure, Tkay regularly tops lists of ‘keep an eye on’ Aussies, but unlike some of the typical rockers and eclectic producers usually put up with the Adelaide girl, Tkay has something special. Her humble presence was truly admiring as she jumped around the tiny Oh Hello stage; her giant white grin one of absolute excitement and pleasure.
Her set list was absolutely on point too. She weaved her insanely bouncy classics like ‘Brontosaurus’ and ‘MOB’ in with lesser known tracks like Swick produced ‘Wishes’. She genuinely knew how to make a crowd dance, and in between every song she beamed her precious smile to her adoring Brisbane fan-base.
I can’t wait to see what happens next with Tkay. The entire set I was saying to myself that this could quite possibly be her last small venue tour. All Tkay needs now is one giant hit, and, fingers crossed, Maidza will dethrone Iggy Too-Biggie Azalea as Queen of Australian rap. Keep on doing you Tkay, and the world will fall at your feet.
By David Simmonds