Last year Sydney rapper Phi11a announced himself with some of the most versatile flows and collaborations seen by an upcoming Australian rapper. Now with the release of his new track, ‘Witness feat. Trippie Redd’, he’s cementing himself as one of the most important up and comers in the country.
A collaboration with emo-trap rapper Trippie Redd was what Phi11a pictured in his mind back in 2018 when he started recording the demo with the barest of equipment – a $300 mic in a home studio based out in Western Sydney.
“It’s crazy. When I originally started working on this song, I thought of either Trippie or Young Thug for the feature (if there’d be one). So even from the start I feel like the song had his energy in it.”
Trippie in the end was the only artist who could bring what was needed for this hazy lo-fi track. “He understood the spookiness and gloom within the song, but also its explosive potential. His verse is crazy. It’s straight from the playbook of my favourite Trippie era.”
Witness follows Phi11a’s 2019 releases; his debut single ‘Overdose’ and ‘Sad Cowboy Shit’, a 4-track surprise mixtape, produced by US producer, Jimmy Duval (XXXTentacion, Lil Pump, Ski Mask the Slump God and Rich The Kid). For ‘Overdose’ the inner west Sydney local worked with Atlanta producer Supah Mario (Drake, Young Thug) and received shout outs by the likes of D12 and DMX.
Phi11a has also just released his new video for “Witness ft. Trippie Redd.” The glitchy, lofi video was edited by local up-and-coming Sydney director, Murli Dhir, with additional graphics being supplied by BabyCq22.