Baker Boy

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Baker Boy
Baker Boy, Laneway Festival 2019.jpg
Baker Boy performing at St Jerome's Laneway Festival, 2019
Background information
Birth nameDanzal Baker
Born (1996-10-31) October 31, 1996 (age 23)
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
OriginMilingimbi Island, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Occupation(s)Rapper, dancer, artist, actor
InstrumentsVocals, yidaki
Years active2017 (2017)–present
Associated actsKian, Dallas Woods, Yirrmal, Yothu Yindi

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 five singles: "Cloud 9" featuring Kian, "Marryuna" featuring Yirrmal, "Mr. La Di Da Di", "Black Magic" featuring Dallas Woods, and "Cool As Hell."[4]

Early years[edit]

Born in Darwin, Baker Boy grew up in the Arnhem Land communities of Milingimbi 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. In 2016, Baker appeared on the "Indigenous" episode of Australian conversational series You Can't Ask That.

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 A.B. Original.[12][13]

His third single, "Mr. La Di Da Di" was released in April 2018. "Black Magic," featuring Dallas Woods, was released in July.

In August 2018, Baker Boy won two awards at the National Indigenous Music Awards; Best New Talent and Film Clip of the Year for "Marryuna".[14]

At the National Dreamtime Awards 2018 Baker was named Male Artist of the Year.[15]

On 25 January 2019, Baker released his fifth single, "Cool As Hell."[16] On the same day, he became the 2019 recipient of the Young Australian of the Year award.[17] Two days later, "Mr. La Di Da Di" was voted into the 2018 Triple J Hottest 100. In June 2019, Baker released "In Control".[18] On 7 July, Baker Boy appeared on the children's television show, Play School and performed "Hickory Dickory Dock" as part of NAIDOC Week.[19]

In August 2019, Baker Boy was nominated for two awards at the National Indigenous Music Awards; Winning the Artist of the Year.[20][21]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, Baker Boy was nominated for three awards.[22]

Baker Boy was the headline act at the opening night of the 2019 Tarnanthi exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of South Australia on 17 October 2019, performing outside the Gallery on North Terrace, Adelaide.[23]


Baker Boy performing at the Riddu Riđđu Festival in Norway, 2018.


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Cloud 9" (featuring Kian) 2017 TBA[24]
"Marryuna" (featuring Yirrmal)
"Mr. La Di Da Di" 2018
"Black Magic" (featuring Dallas Woods)
"Cool as Hell" 2019
"In Control"
"Meditjin" (featuring JessB)[25]

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"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
2019 "Cool as Hell" Gabriel Gasparinatos


ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual award ceremony event celebrating the Australian music industry. Baker Boy has been nominated for three awards.[22][26]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 "Cool as Hell" ARIA Award for Best Hip Hop Release Nominated
ARIA Award for Best Video Nominated
Cool as Hell Tour Best Australian Live Act Nominated


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  15. ^ "Dream of love, and success will come (pp32-34)" (PDF). AIATSIS - The Koori Mail. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  16. ^ Cool as Hell - Single by Baker Boy, retrieved 25 January 2019
  17. ^ "Australian of the Year Awards". Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  18. ^ "In Control - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  19. ^ Tan, Steffanie (8 July 2019). "Baker Boy Did A Mad As Hell Cover Of 'Hickory Dickory Dock' On 'Play School'". Pedestrian. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  20. ^ "National Indigenous Music Awards unveils 2019 Nominations". National Indigenous Music Awards. July 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Record Breaking Crowd for the 2019 National Indigenous Music Awards!". National Indigenous Music Awards. 13 August 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  22. ^ a b "ARIA Awards: 2019 ARIA Awards Nominated Artists Revealed". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Art + Opening Night". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
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  25. ^ "Singles to Rafio". TMN. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  26. ^ "2019 ARIA Award Winners Announced". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 27 November 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.