Zambian-born, Botswana-raised, singer-songwriter and poet, Sampa The Great, is poised to have a breakout year. Today, the now Sydney-based artist shares “Everybody’s Hero” feat. Estelle with production by Rakhi (Kendrick Lamar, Syd, Mac Miller), out now with Red Bull Sound Select. “Everybody’s Hero” was recorded from the Red Bull Paris studios and is the first track from Sampa’s forthcoming three-track EP, HERoes Act 2 (also with Estelle and Rakhi) to be released May 12.
With creative influences that include Yasiin Bey and Lauryn Hill, Sampa The Great is quickly creating her own musical path, with lyrics centered on issues close to her heart. She found a love for hip-hop at an early age and views music as the language of the soul, transcending borders and acting as an agent for positive change. Sampa delicately entwines her poetry in each beat, playfully switching styles and engaging listeners on every level. Today’s release, “Everybody’s Hero,” is an emotional callout to the inability of being everyone’s hero and instead being your own
The rise of Sampa The Great has been nothing short of spectacular. In 2015, Sampa received phenomenal success with her debut release, The Great Mixtape. It featured the #1 Hype Machine hit “Blue Boss” that was picked up by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and reached one million Spotify plays in two months. Follow-up releases “Black Dignity” and the collaborative HERoes project were received with similar greatness. Live, Sampa has supported the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat and Hiatus Kaiyote, sold out her own shows and headlined festivals including Golden Plains, Sugar Mountain, Laneway and WOMAD. Sampa will visit the UK in May for Brighton’s The Great Escape festival, before joining frequent collaborator REMI on a co-headline national tour in June and July.
“Everybody’s Hero” is the fourth Red Bull Sound Select release this year following Tennyson’s three tracks “Tuesday,” ”Wednesday” and “Thursday” with Mr. Carmack as well as Pell’s “Patience”/“Late At Night” featuring MNEK, produced by London On Da Track and joins the catalogue of previously released breakout tracks including Gallant’s “Skipping Stones” featuring Jhené Aiko, River Tiber’s “Illusions” featuring Pusha T (produced by River Tiber, KAYTRANADA & Doc McKinney), and more.