Baker Boy

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Baker Boy
Birth nameDanzal Baker
Born (1996-10-31) October 31, 1996 (age 22)
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
OriginMilingimbi Island, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper, dancer, artist, actor
Instrumentsvocals
Years active2017 (2017)–present
Associated actsKian, Yirrmal, Yothu Yindi, Dizzee Rascal, 50 Cent
Websitewww.bakerboyofficial.com

Danzal Baker (born 31 October 1996), known professionally as Baker Boy, is an Indigenous Australian rapper, dancer, artist, and actor.[1] Baker Boy is known for performing original hip-hop songs incorporating both English and Yolŋu Matha.[2][3] To date he has released four singles: "Cloud 9" featuring Kian, "Marryuna" featuring Yirrmal, "Mr. La Di Da Di", and "Black Magic" featuring Dallas Woods.[4]

Early years[edit]

Born in Darwin, Baker Boy grew up in the Arnhem Land communities of Millingimbi and Maningrida,[5] before studying at Shalom Christian College in Townsville, Queensland and the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane.[6][7] He graduated Year 12 in 2012.

Music career[edit]

2017–present: Early career[edit]

In 2017, he attracted national attention as the winner of the Triple J Unearthed National Indigenous Music Awards Competition,[8] releasing the singles "Cloud 9" featuring Kian and "Marryuna" featuring Yirrmal in the same year. Both singles were featured in the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown of 2017.[9]

He has performed at festivals such as BIGSOUND, Groovin' the Moo Festival, the Woodford Folk Festival, St Jerome's Laneway Festival, WOMADelaide, and Golden Plains Festival. In 2018, he performed with acts such as Yothu Yindi and Dizzee Rascal.[10][11]

Baker Boy was announced as an opening act for American rapper 50 Cent in January 2018, along with Australian artists A.B. Original.[12][13]

His third single, "Mr. La Di Da Di" was released in April, and his fourth "Black Magic" featuring Dallas Woods was released in July.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
"Cloud 9" (featuring Kian) 2017 non-album single
"Marryuna" (featuring Yirrmal) non-album single
"Mr. La Di Da Di" 2018 non-album single
"Black Magic" (featuring Dallas Woods) non-album single

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
"Treaty '18"
(Yothu Yindi & Gavin Campbell featuring Baker Boy)
2018 non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2017 "Cloud 9" (featuring Kian)
"Marryuna" (featuring Yirrmal) Daniel King
2018 "Black Magic" (featuring Dallas Woods) BraydenFunFilm

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baker Boy - About" Facebook. Retrieved 8 January 2019
  2. ^ Vanovac, Neda (21 May 2017). "Arnhem Land performer inspiring kids with goal to be first to rap in Indigenous language". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  3. ^ Reid, Poppy (21 August 2017). "Baker Boy sets record straight regarding claims he's "the first to rap in language"". The Industry Observer.
  4. ^ "Baker Boy on iTunes" iTunes. Retrieved 9 January 2019
  5. ^ Howie, Tamara (16 July 2017). "Arnhem Land rapper Danzal Baker making impact on Australian music scene". NT News. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  6. ^ Carleton, James (28 May 2017). "Baker Boy: Rapping in an Indigenous language". Radio National. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Baker Boy". AUM PR + MGMT. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Meet Baker Boy, the deadly winner of our Unearthed NIMAs comp". Triple J. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Baker Boy has two songs crack Triple J Hottest 100 countdown". NT News. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Laneway Adds Pond, Kirin J Callinan, Client Liaison, Stella Donnelly, Baker Boy & More". themusic.com.au. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  11. ^ Israel, Janine (30 December 2017). "Baker Boy rising: from Arnhem Land to sharing a stage with Dizzee Rascal". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  12. ^ "AB Original & Baker Boy To Join 50 Cent On His Australian Tour". The Music. Street Press Australia Pty Ltd. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  13. ^ Newstead, Al (9 January 2018). "50 Cent adds A.B. Original and Baker Boy to his Aussie tour". Triple J. ABC. Retrieved 29 January 2018.