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 featuring heavy-weight Trippie Redd, he’s cementing himself as one of the most important hip-hop voices 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.
Commenting on the single, Phi11a said; “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.”
Listen to Witness below and on Apple Music here.