Thrown into the spotlight in 2014 through a series of viral Friday freestyle videos, Melbourne indie rapper Ivan Ooze cemented the hype in 2015 with recent single ‘Trippin’. Now – ahead of his upcoming mixtape – he’s dropping ‘Jimi Hendrix’, a smooth affair showcasing his fascination for rhyming and versatility as an artist part of the new wave of Aussie rappers.
“Jimi Hendrix holds a special place for me. My dad was a rock n roll musician and he first showed me Jimi when I was 14; his single ‘Purple Haze’ is my go to track and it was probably the reason why I got caught smoking weed at school! This one’s for the evening smokers getting deep in that purple haze.”
With support slots for Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Allday, and Illy under his belt, as well as sets at Beyond the Valley (VIC) and Ragamuffin (NZ), there’s no doubt that Ivan Ooze is becoming a key player in the hip-hop landscape. National tour dates are to be announced, but for now, get acquainted with ‘Jimi Hendrix’ before it takes the country by storm.