Meditjin means medicine in Yolngu Matha

Fresh from winning the 2019 National Indigenous Music Award (NIMA) for Artist Of The Year, Melbourne based hip hop artist Baker Boy today rounds out his stellar year with the release of his new single ‘Meditjin’ featuring New Zealand rapper JessB.

Blazing a path rapping in his native language of Yolngu Matha as well as English, the Arnhem Land artist sings “Music is the Meditjin” on the chorus, which means Medicine in his first language.
Baker Boy says, “Music is the best meditjin (medicine), it brings everyone together, makes you want to dance, love, laugh, vibe and feel and I wrote Meditjin with just that in mind. It’s about making people feel the music and expressing themselves.”

Not unlike his previous singles ‘Cool As Hell’ and ‘In Control’, ‘Meditjin’ is drenched in positive vibes, and brings the raw energy of early singles such as ‘Marryuna’, as well as the sound of the Yidaki (aka Didgeridoo) – an instrument that originated with the Yolngu and Galpu people of North East Arnhem Land.
For ‘Meditjin’, Baker Boy returned to recording with producer Jerome Farah who produced his earlier singles, ‘Marryuna’, ‘Mr La Di Da Di’ and ‘Black Magic’. Mixing duty was left in the hands of Andrei Eremin whose recent credits include Sampa the Great, G Flip and mastering the mega smash hit from Tones and I, ‘Dance Monkey’.
“Jerome killed the beat, it’s so fun and energetic that makes you want to dance and move, we added in the sounds of the Yidaki which just topped it off,” Baker Boy adds.

This is the first time Baker Boy has worked with one of Auckland’s top hip hop acts JessB, “Jess smashed her verse clean, she brings such a good vibe to the song, I love her energy.” Already making her mark in Australia from killer sets played at this year’s Splendour In The Grass and Red Bull Live, JessB says, “I really enjoyed the experience of working with Baker Boy, and the beat was something that drew me in straight away. It’s a fun track about a love for music and is something I can’t wait to perform live.”

The Young Australian of the Year is now poised to attend the 2019 ARIA Awards where he’s nominated for Best Hip Hop Release, Best Australian Live Act and Best Video Awards.
Having recently performed at Yours & Owls Festival, PUSH Regional Shows in Victoria, Red Bull Music Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival and Tarnanthi Festival in Adelaide, Baker Boy will cap off the year at Falls Festival nationally and Port Macquarie’s Festival Of The Sun.

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