The new track and video, which we’re premiering today, sees the Nigerian/Trindadian MC craft a self-affirmed hip hop gem centred around self-realisation and actualisation.
Sonically, the self-produced bop takes influence from early Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, sardonic instrumentation and airy vocals setting an equal-parts melancholic and eerie soundscape.It’s the perfect backdrop for the Canberra MC to go ham on, the young rhymer spitting out hard-hitting bars like “I aint gonna mess up my part/I ain’t talking hair/ I’m talking art”.
The video for the new single (which we’re also premiering today) is a fiery love-letter to the hip hop genre and the DIY mentality that permeates the underground. Alternating between lo-fi footage of Pluto rapping at a petrol station (while failing up his car, multi-tasking 101) and him on stage at one of his shows, the two minute visualiser showcases Pluto’s burning hunger to make it as an MC, which is nicely furthered in the various solo shots of him illuminated by a golden light.
Elaborating on the meaning behind the new offering, Pluto explains, “The first verse talks about the adversity I’ve been through in my life; growing up poor, suffering domestic violence, and struggling with identity, as well as naming who I live for, my family. The second verse details why I believe I can succeed, likening myself to my inspirations.”
It’s another example of the Canberra’s burgeoning hip hop scene and how self-confessional hip hop is fast on the rise in Australia. Be sure to check out Ike(from)Pluto’s new single ‘you’ll see’ and accompanying video above and follow him on Instagram here.