Thundamentals modern poet TUKA returns with new solo material and a national tour.
The ever versatile TUKA unleashes his third track of the year, ‘Trailer Trash’. It’s a razor sharp take on the melancholic and smoky vibes currently occupying US hip-hop, all drowned in his signature sauce – gargantuan chorus hooks, an inimitable self-awareness, and blink-and-you’ll-miss ‘em bars. Produced by Morgan Jones and Carl Dimataga, celestial pads stumble punch-drunk in and out of the mix, a woozy bedrock held together by a bone-rattling kick drum and salty, crunchy snare hits. Lyrically, it’s an anthem to forging your own lane, repping yourself, and staying on your path, something the man has been doing for the best part of a decade.
Describing his latest offering, Tuka said, “Trailer Trash is a lighthearted song about my identity and not wanting to be pigeon-holed – I’m essentially taking the piss out of myself! People might assume I grew up with the stereotypical middle class experience but the reality is, I came from very humble beginnings.
“For some time, we lived in a garage. Deeply ashamed of being so poor I hid this fact from my friends extremely well. Over time listening to hip hop music in particular, I began to relate to rappers all around the world who shared similar experiences. I became empowered by the music.
“I put this song together to challenge people’s perception of me. I’m very much from the underclass and that’s why I champion particular issues so vocally via my social media. Making music can be challenging, financially and otherwise, and I’m proud that I am able to live off my craft.
“Trailer Trash is a celebration of achieving ones dreams and striving to better oneself, regardless of the judgment of others, or where you came from. To keep going with or without a “co-sign”. To accept these challenges and not see the past as a curse but as a blessing. To recognise that we are all equal regardless of how much money we were born into. That you don’t need to know all the answers and that life is a learning process.”
Tuka is currently traversing the country playing live dates, with Adelaide next stop on the tour tonight – dates are as follows:
Friday Nov 8 – Adelaide, Fat Controller
Saturday Nov 9 – Newcastle, This That Festival
Friday Nov 15 – Perth, Jack Rabbit Slims
Saturday Nov 16 – Melbourne, Howler
Friday Nov 22 – Brisbane, Foundry
Saturday Nov 23 – Sydney, Lansdowne
Friday Nov 29 – Canberra, UC Hub
Saturday Nov 30 – Hobart, Republic Bar