New Zealand-born, Melbourne-raised artist HVNCOQ is back with his second single under WVS, delivering the powerful, politically-charged new anthem BLACKOUT.
A stark contrast to the wavy, playful vibes of his debut single ‘Out Of My Mind’, HVNCOQ’s latest offering gives insight into the frustration and annoyance of many young Africans living in Australia, as the Ethiopian-Australian rapper unleashes a wave of emotion over the heavy, trap-inspired production.
The relevant, raucous new anthem is one that will undoubtedly be felt throughout the country, as the burn city emcee utilises his platform to touch on such an important topic.
“I wrote blackout due to the frustration I’ve had, as well as many other young Africans living in Western countries, with the media spreading fear of people like me through hoax gangs such as ‘Apex’ and what not,” said HVNCOQ on what inspired him to make the song.
““In Australia the media spreads fear by continuously fuelling false stereotypes with stories of petty crimes supposedly committed by people of colour. They are constant reminders that we are different, and because of this, unwelcome and to be feared. I want people to understand the daily occurrences that I will no longer accept. It’s not okay to want to get a cab late at night and have five pull over to look at you before driving off. It’s not okay to hear Pauline Hanson, a person with power, speak badly of your people and degrade our humanity. Not to mention that year after year POC continue to be over looked in line ups and awards shows.”