With Australian hip-hop starting to make a real global impact, the latest name to lead the charge comes courtesy of Phi11a – a Sydney rapper who combines powerful, dirty and thought-provoking lyrics, with an eclectic style and refreshing outlook.
Raised in Sydney’s Inner-West, Phi11a’s family always struggled to stay afloat. While moving from house to house, nowhere really felt like home. His mother left the family behind when he was just 6-years old. It had a profound effect on him as an individual while his dad ended up taking the responsibility for Phi11a and his brother’s upbringing. Making things harder, his brother technically died for 11 minutes during open heart surgery, leading to prolonged brain damage. (This is where the 11 originates in his name).
Having been introduced to the world of music by his father at a young age, and consuming everything from punk to hardcore rap. Phi11a spent years grinding as an independent artist on the local Sydney circuit. His hustle and work ethic saw him win over a dedicated set of fans and go on to be signed to the Australian arm of legendary rap imprint, Def Jam Recordings.
In 2019, Phi11a announced himself with his first official single ‘Overdose’, produced by Atlanta heavyweight Supah Mario (Drake, Young Thug), and a surprise collaborative mixtape with Jimmy Duval (XXXTentacion, Lil Pump, Ski Mask the Slump God and Rich The Kid). Now in 2020, the skillful rapper has teamed up with Trippie Redd for his latest single ‘Witness’, cementing himself as one of the most important hip-hop voices in the country and receiving praise from the likes of Lyrical Lemonade, RapTV, Clash Magazine, NME and Triple J to name a small few.