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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CONTENTS - – MOKA YOUNG

MOKA Young’s de­but al­bum en­abled him to close the door on un­for­giv­ing fam­ily mat­ters and open a win­dow to new be­gin­nings. The lo­cal soul and hip-hop artist (pic­tured) re­leased Young N Rest­less ear­lier this month. The track fea­tures heart­felt truths about Young’s re­lent­less up­bring­ing. Some tracks from the de­but dig deep into the rap­per’s tor­mented past. ‘‘There’s a song called Rest­less which is an open let­ter to my fa­ther,’’ says Young. ‘‘He com­mit­ted sui­cide when I was 19 and I was the one who found him.’’ The soul vibe em­bed­ded in Rest­less means it’s not a heavy sound­ing track, but it’s hard to dis­guise Young’s heartache with bla­tant and hon­est lyrics such as, ‘‘You left me stranded at 19 years old/I had to stay strong and carry on for the fam­ily now that you are gone . . . Talk­ing po­etic in that let­ter that you left for us/Now who is left to trust if my own fa­ther could do this to me huh.’’ While Young ad­mits it’s ‘‘a big thing’’ to share such top­ics through a song, he says it’s some­thing he had to get off his chest to help him move for­ward. Young pens tunes based on his life ex­pe­ri­ences and be­lieves hon­esty is para­mount. New Blud, the first sin­gle from Young N Rest­less which fea­tures ris­ing US hip-hop artist WideFrame, touches on the lighter theme of Young pass­ing on fatherly ad­vice to his two-year-old son. ‘‘Be­com­ing a fa­ther has in­spired me mu­si­cally,’’ he says. ‘‘It also makes me want to strive harder to achieve more so he doesn’t have to live a bad life.’’ Un­like Aussie hip-hop artists who rap with a dis­tinct ac­cent, Young lis­tens to a lot of Amer­i­can hip-hop and prefers to ‘‘go against the grain’’. ‘‘The soul as­pect to my mu­sic and the way I pro­nounce things is what makes my sound so dif­fer­ent,’’ he says. ‘‘A lot of Aussie hip-hop can be stereo­typed and I don’t want to fol­low those foot­steps.’’ Young em­braces tra­di­tional hi- hop which fea­tures soul and funk un­der­tones. ‘‘That’s how it all started, play­ing over old soul beats. It’s like old soul mu­sic,’’ he says.

Moka Young launches Young N Rest­less at the Mi­ami Tav­ern to­mor­row night with spe­cial guests The Hated and Kom­bat Col­lec­tion.

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