The up-and-comer strikes again, but this time he highlights the importance of education.
Beloved 11-year-old Nyoongar Wongi hip-hop artist Inkabee, real name Ethan Eggington, is back with his second-ever single, the infectious Saved By The Bell, that highlights the importance of education.
Capturing the schoolyard energy with a little hip-hop flex, Inkabee delves into the joys of getting an education and the importance of his community. The vibrant and uplifting track was recorded at Kwinana Beats Studio – a youth music program – and produced by local hip-hop artists Optamus & Paulie P.
Kwinana Beats is a youth music program facilitated by Wepiha. The City of Kwinana and the Youth Affairs Council WA (YACWA) support the program as it assists youths in their music journey and guides them towards achieving their goals in the industry. Kwinana Beats teaches kids how to produce, write rhymes, perform and build their unique brand. It also doubles as a music therapy space where young people are encouraged to reflect deeply and express their life journey through music.
On the track, Inabee said, "Such a feel good hype track. It was fun to rap about and sing about pursuing my dreams and the importance of education."
Alongside the song, Inkabee has released a fitting music video that shows him riffing around a primary school - with scenes inside the classroom and Inkabee amongst his peers following along with the track's theme. You can check the video out below.
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We first caught wind of Inkabee from his debut single, Beat The Odds, co-written by his father, award-winning Nyoongar Wongi rapper and activist Flewnt.
On that track and his son's budding career, Flewnt said, "INKABEE grew up around music. From an early age, I would rap in front of him, and he would pick it up so quickly, but in his own unique way. Our family legacy is rooted in activism, so we were overjoyed when he decided to use music to talk about issues he cares deeply about."
Beat The Odds provides a message of unity, which is what Inkabee was after: "Writing Beat The Odds felt so special like I'm writing something for myself but also for my mob."
A poignant message of unity and encouragement for Aboriginal people to “beat the odds,” the hip-hop track was released to high acclaim and has since been nominated for a WAM (West Australian Music) award.