There’s a bodacious new up and comer on the Gold Coast music scene, who goes by the name of Hoodzy. She tells it like it is on her triple j Unearthed bio, describing herself as; “17, female, gay, brown skin and chasing the same dream even if the odds are already against me. I’ll never be ashamed of who I am. The world is mine. If you’re rocking with me, all love is for ya’ll.”
Her smart and sassy hip-hop vibes, encapsulated within the rhymes and rhythms of her impressive embryonic releases, ‘Young Girl Steez’ and ‘Nightmare’, have already caught the attention of both fans and taste makers alike, with Hoodzy recently featuring as triple j’s Unearthed ‘artist of the week’.
We recently got in touch with Hoodzy, to shine a light on her story and what she’s all about.
Can you tell us a bit about the Hoodzy story?
What inspired me to start this whole journey was really my love for music. As a kid growing up in a Polynesian family, music is in our blood. It’s what makes us happy. It’s been around 2-3 years since I’ve started rapping and making my way into the scene.
Who are three of your biggest musical influences?
Three of my biggest musical influences would have to be Lauryn Hill, Nadia Rose and Skepta. Just the rhythm and ease that flows from their music is out of this world.
What are your thoughts on the Gold Coast music scene and are there any other local artists that you particularly admire?
The Gold Coast music scene is growing more than ever right now. I’m looking forward to seeing new artists do their thing. One of the hardest locals coming out of the Gold Coast right now would have to be Home-Zee – definitely one to look out for.
You recently appeared on triple j’s hip hop showcase show, ‘Bars Of Steel’ – what was that like for you?
It was one of the most nerve wracking things I’d ever done, considering that it was one of my first times in a studio. But it was also one of the most exciting experiences of my journey so far.
Do you have any upcoming live performances that you can share with us?
Right now I’m just focusing on getting some new music out, keeping my head down. I may pop up in Brisbane sometime soon hopefully!
How is the rest of the year shaping up in the world of Hoodzy?
I’m just hoping to put out some mad new music, make my mark in the scene and put my city on the map.
Where do you see your music taking you over the next 5 years – do you have any big dreams or long term goals?
It would have to be building a platform for upcoming female rap artists to be able to feel like they belong in the game as much as anybody else. So within the next few years that’s where I’d hope to be.
Check out Hoodzy’s tunes on Soundcloud or her triple j Unearthed page.