Vic August’s ‘Bandit’ is so good it should be criminal
We’re experiencing a really refreshing wave of Aussie hip-hop right now. For a minute there, it almost felt like homegrown rappers were just trying to replicate the one that came before it. But now, we’re seeing an influx of particularly young guns explore realms outside of the typical Aussie hip-hop sound and dive headfirst into new, exciting and potentially risky waters for the country. But for VIC AUGUST, he has landed his dive with near-perfect precision and his risk has paid off in ‘Bandit.’
The 17-year-old Northern Territory-based rapper rides the ultra-chilled hip-hop style of artists like Migos and Future, but makes it all his own. The beat, produced by Kyle Junior and Day Six, is ominous, stalking and ice cold. But that doesn’t stop Vic August from giving us a spitfire, yet subdued, delivery. Flanked with frequent collaborator FIGUERO JONES, giving his slightly gritty but still impactful third verse, ‘Bandit’ is like an oracle showing that the kids are doing hip-hop for themselves.
If ‘Bandit’ proves anything, it’s that young artists are more attentive, adaptive and ambitious than ever. Vic August goes against the grain of what we’ve come to expect from Aussie hip-hop, and gives it an icy, freaky makeover. With evocative production and a monstrous third verse from Figuero Jones, it’s pretty clear that Vic August isn’t slowing down for anyone.
Words by JACKSON LANGFORD