Australia’s Tkay Maidza to make US debut playing LA and CMJ in NYC

By on October 5, 2014
tkay maidza

Already a rising star in Australia, Adelaide-by-way-of-Zimbabwe Tkay Maidza will be bringing her hype Stateside for the first time. She’ll be visiting LA to play two shows prior to her debut appearance at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon in NYC.


Tkay made her first mark on the US with debut video for “U-Huh”, showing an incredibly fierce and fearless young woman, her lightning-fast flow and clever wordplay sparks with an insatiable hook that urges you to dance.  Entertainment Weekly called her  “the closest thing we have right now to a reincarnation of early M.I.A,” and Fader noted that “her new single’s squeaky beat and unapologetically catchy schoolyard chanting are certainly enough to tide you over until more surfaces.”


Most recently, a new single has emerged with her track “Finish Them” getting the production treatment from Night Slugs co-founder Bok Bok. Noisey had this to say, “sounds like the sort of thing we all sort of hoped Azealia Banks would be before she based her career on verbally abusing people via Twitter instead of making anything else as repeatedly listenable as “212”.


Watch her video for “U-huh,” Made by the legendary Josh Logue from Mathematics:

From teaming up with Swick and Lewis Cancut for the clubby bass-rattler “Arm Up” to touring across Australia with Nina Las Vegas with Wave Racer, Cosmo’s Midnight, Emoh Instead, and her producer Elk on “U-Huh”, Tkay Maidza has already been hailed as the hyper new face of hip-hop.


Tkay has been gaining success since she released her first singles “Bronotsaurus” and “Handle My Ego” with major radio love from its most influential station Triple J.  She was one of the most talked about artists at Splendour in the Grass, called out by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of their not to miss acts and drawing a massive crowd for her early set. Concrete Playground caught her set “Filling out the Mix Up tent with the very first Friday slot is no mean feat, but Adelaide’s 17 year old Tkay Maidza managed to get a colossal roundup of early-rising brontosaurus feet stomping.”


“With its cowbell-heavy beat, rudely blurting synthesizers, Jackson-5-ish guitar lick, and Maidza’s singsongy rapping, it’s giddy, rowdy, and the perfect introduction to an artist worth watching.” 

– Entertainment Weekly


“Feels kind of like Azealia born anew, without the baggage” – The Fader

“With long black hair, a penchant for the weird and wonderful, eccentric style, original flow and zero fucks given attitude with a smile…”- Acclaim Magazine

“another undeniable combination of bass-heavy beats, playful chants and rhymes.”

– Vice’s THUMP on “U-Huh”

 “‘U-Huh’ feels fresh and inclusive: which is undoubtedly what frames it firmly in the sphere of noughties pop, even when her delivery is stuttering at double time over the beat. Mark my words: this girl is set for very big things indeed.” – The Line of Best Fit

Packed with colour, its trap hip hop vibes matched with a pop flair is irresistible.” -Clash

“Ladies and gentlemen, please allow us to introduce the future face of Australian hip-hop, the ass-kicking Tkay Maidza.” TONE DEAF

” ..a barely 18 year old firebrand on the microphone, channeling Azealia Banks at her bratty best.” IN THE MIX

“Tkay Maidza delivers a gritty and uptempo rap vocal… for maximal peak-hour dance floor capacity.”  DO ANDROIDS DANCE

“Confirming what we said last year, this kid is one to keep your eye on.” TIME OUT


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.