To say Ziggy’s voice is an important one in the Australian music scene would be a gross understatement – over a very short period it’s become as integral as peers like Briggs and the Remi. At a time when artists like AB Original are (quite rightly) swinging sledgehammers in their efforts to expose Indigenous Issues in this country, Ziggy is right there beside them with a cut throat razor, sharp and on fire, slicing deep into the heart of race relations in modern Australia.
The Perth-based hip hop artist very rapidly went from “emerging” to “established” over the course of 2016, with his insightful, emotional and arresting debut EP, Black Thoughts, very quickly followed up with the telling single, Black Face, and its equally stirring video clip. With a style that owes itself more to the Golden Era of hip hop than the glossy, over-produced, auto-tuned “rap gods” of today, Ziggy’s scything flow, effortlessly combined with a politically-charged focus, puts him in a league of his own.
Growing up in remote Arnhem Land, regional NSW, Sydney and Perth and with family connections in Far North Queensland, his music speaks to the silenced injustices of Aboriginal Australia as well as other social issues. Lyrically influenced by artists such as Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Lauryn Hill and Common, along with activists like Charlie Perkins, Garey Foley and Adam Goodes, Ziggy finds passion in giving voice to issues affecting those not heard. Tipped by triple j Unearthed as One To Watch in 2017, you’ll get the chance when he begins the next phase of the Ziggy journey – that is, in the live arena. With a full live band that features his production partner in crime JCAL on the drums, Ziggy is only just getting warmed up, and he’s about to change the face of what it means to be a hip hop artist in Australia right now.