Having already carved a name for herself as Australia’s hottest new musical superstar, Tkay Maidza today unleashes, “Carry On,” featuring none other than cultural and political icon and one half of Run The Jewels – Killer Mike. “Carry On” is the first official single to be lifted from her highly-anticipated, forthcoming debut album titled TKAY, which is set to shake up audiences worldwide when it is released on October 28 via Downtown/Interscope Records. Pre-order the album via iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon. LISTEN TO AND SHARE “CARRY ON” FT. KILLER MIKE HERE
The 20-year-old, Zimbabwe-born, Australia-based pocket rocket with appropriate lashings of swag has proven to be a commanding force in the international music scene, thanks to her versatility as an emcee and vocalist, as well as the complexity of the lyrics she brings to the table.
On “Carry On,” Maidza fires off on her haters and lets loose a whiplash delivery that deftly sets the stage for a head-turning guest verse from Killer Mike who publicly declared himself a Tkay fan multiple times throughout 2015 – first live on air in an interview on Australia’s triple j where he stated after seeing her performance; “I saw her perform at one of the festivals – she’s dope man, shout out to her. She’s a great human being and a dope performer too. Shout outs mama, you dope. She is dope!” and then again during a lecture the rapper gave at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Now it seems he’s not just a fan but considers her a peer, sharing the mic with her on this epic new track.
“The song is about people trying to stop my stride,” says Tkay, “but I guess what I’m trying to say is I have bigger issues that only matter to me as a youngin at this point in my career and Killer Mike is reinforcing that. I’ve loved Run the Jewels for ages as they were the first act I saw at my favourite touring festival Laneway Festival. It was super inspiring to see them. We had the idea of having him on a song and reached out to his team, they were totally down. It turned out to be ‘Carry On’ :)”
“It was really cool that Mike listened to what I was saying in my verse as his verse is a conversation to mine… to him I must sound like I need guidance, and what he said was really reassuring and relevant for me. I think it’s super important to have support from someone who has so much knowledge and experience in life and music… He is the first person who is a respected and loved rapper to have said they approve of what I do so having him on the song is super special.”
Nominated for Best International Act at the 2016 BET Awards, Maidza recently lent her vocals to Martin Solveig’s chart-climbing single “Do It Right.” With her past live experience, including support slots with Charli XCX, Mark Ronson, and Years & Years, she’s also just torn through a string of summer dates in Australia that have brought her blissed-out live show to bigger and bigger crowds.
She’s currently back in UK and Europe wrapping up a run of dates huge shows and festival appearances including Pukkelpop, Way Out West, Reading & Leeds. Tkay will be returning to the USA to tour with Australian producer and collaborator, What So Not.