'Sweet Justice' is out November 3.
Trailblazing rapper Tkay Maidza, has today (July 26) announced the upcoming release of her highly-anticipated second album, Sweet Justice, as well as dropping her latest single, Ring-A-Ling which follows on from the recent Flume collab, Silent Assassin.
“I’m never choosing compliance,” a defiant Maidza utters on the track; a warning from the Zimbabwean-born, Australian-raised, Los Angeles-based rapper, singer and producer and a mantra for Sweet Justice.
Produced by Two Fresh, Tkay says of her latest banger Ring-a-Ling: “I wanted to make an empowering song that tells others that my biggest focus are my goals.”
The forthcoming record marks a chapter for the Aussie talent, who after severing ties with old friends, found some new ones on the same creative wavelength: Canadian producers Stint and Kaytranada, and fellow Aussie Flume, all of whom contribute to the record’s production.
The record is also set to feature collaborations with Lolo Zouaï and Amber Mark on Out of Luck and Duckwrth on Gone to the West.
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While on the surface Sweet Justice may seem like a revenge album, it is rather a celebration of these newfound professional relationships as well as the shedding of toxic connections that no longer serve the singer.
In Tkay’s mind, it’s a rebirth album, a record about harnessing the feminine power that was innate in her the whole time.
“Sweet Justice was a way for me to channel my emotions from what I’ve experienced in the last two years,” Tkay said.
“It’s a diary of things and thoughts I’ve kept to myself. Making the record was a healing experience and I’m grateful to have worked with producers who have inspired me throughout my career.”
Sweet Justice follows the 3-year-long, 24-song-strong genre-bending Last Year Was Weird trilogy - an exploration of Maidza’s own African-Australian experience.
Following on from tours with Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa, Tkay is currently in the southern hemisphere for arena shows with Lizzo and recently played a headline set at Splendour in the Grass Festival - ahead of sets at Spilt Milk and to-be-announced headline shows.
This Friday, July 28, Tkay Maidza will also be making her triple j Like A Version debut, which you can tune into from 7:30AM AEST on triple j's Breakfast with Bryce and Concetta.
Check out Tkay Maidza’s latest track Ring-A-Ling below.
Sweet Justice is out on November 3 on CD, standard black vinyl, and orange/yellow splatter vinyl, while those who pre-order the standard vinyl will receive an exclusive 7-inch of Maidza’s cover of Pixies’ Where Is My Mind?
1. Love and Other Drugs
3. Out of Luck (ft. Lolo Zouaï & Amber Mark)
4. What Ya Know
5. Won One
6. Love Again
10. Free Throws
11. Silent Assassin
12. Our Way
13. Gone to the West (ft. Duckwrth)
14. Walking On Air
Saturday, November 25 - Exhibition Park, Canberra, ACT
Sunday, November 26 - Gold Coast Sports Precinct, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday, December 2 - Victoria Park, Ballarat, VIC SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 3 - Claremont Showgrounds, Perth, WA