Introducing Yung Warriors, Australia’s fastest rising Indigenous hip hop outfit. Fresh off the back of dates with American Hip Hop heavyweights D12 and recent US showcase’s in NY & LA, Yung Warriors have just announced the release of their second album Standing Strong, in stores now through Payback Records / Shock.
Yung Warriors is brothers Tjiimba and D Boy. Together they’ve supported the likes of Akon, 50 Cent, The Game and Outlawz, whilst maintaining a regular presence in their hometown of Melbourne. With the albums lead single (and title track) already added to triple j rotation, and national tour dates just announced – the duo are gearing up for a huge 2012.
Nominated for Best Hip Hop Act’ at the 2009 Deadly Awards and taking out the prize for ‘Best New Talent’ at the first Indigenous Hip Hop and R’n’B Bump Awards, Yung Warriors have in-fact been paying their dues and honing their art for 7 years. Produced by Momo from Diafrix, they are very excited to be unleashing Standing Strong. In Tjiimba’s words: “working with Momo was awesome, he taught us a lot about putting music together. We’re really excited about this album as we feel we’ve really improved ourselves coming into it over the last few years. We’ve been experimenting along the way, building and building our sound and this album reflects that”. The album’s title track features Indigenous artists Dizzy Doolan, Sneake1, Dubbzone, Karnage & Robby Knight.
Standing Strong is an album that mixes the brothers hip hop flows and beats with ample splashes of smooth RnB stylings and a sprinkle of poptastic hooks. Though an undeniably indigenous outing it would be unfair to the album to dwell entirely upon that facet of it and box it up as so. Thematically, although often aboriginal in its context the boys lyrics cover everything from culture, pride, family and growing up through to the fairer sex, marijuana and nightclubs – all common lyrical themes no matter an artists individual racial background.
Yung Warriors hail from a long line of proud indigenous ancestry. Their maternal grandfather is Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, one of the most collected and renowned of Australian Aboriginal artists, his paintings are held in galleries and collections all over the world including the National Gallery of Australia.
Outside the studio Yung Warriors continue to actively support their community and lift the standards of the indigenous hip hop movement. Referred to in some circles as “Australia’s leading Indigenous and cultural music ambassadors“, these titles don’t come easy, and the Yung Warriors don’t wear it lightly. As Tjiimba says, hence the name of the album, its Yung Warriors message to their young people; “Keep your head up and if you’re doing your thing, don’t let people pull you down, just stand strong”.
The National Standing Strong Album Launch Tour
Thur 7th June – FBI Social Sydney, NSW
Sat 9th June – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Fri 15th June – Track, w/ The Outlaws, VIC
Sat 16th June – Workers Club Melb, VIC
Thur 12th July – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Fri 13th July – The Laundry, Melb, VIC
Fri 27th July – The Patch, Wollongong, NSW