Bursting onto the scene in January 2019 with the powerful, spoken-word epic “Call us By Our Names”, Dublin native Malaki has been carving out his place in Irish Hip-Hop ever since, with an acute sense of lyricism and performance. The 19-year-old rapper had an extremely busy 2019, developing his live show in venues across the country such as Whelan’s and The Sugar Club, as well as at multiple festivals over the summer including Forbidden Fruit and Beatyard.
Experimenting with a variety of hip-hop styles, including poetry and spoken-word, Malaki synthesises a rich and original interpretation of Dublin life and seamlessly fuses personal expression with sharp social and political critique. Songs like ‘From Grace’ and ‘Spreadsheets and Love Notes’ display an ability to craft witty, tongue-in-cheek lyrics injected with an air of self-aware braggadocio, while tracks such as ‘Paper Prophecies’ and ‘J.A.C.K.’ reveal a more introspective, socially invested side.
Malaki’s debut E.P. ‘Butterfly Boy’ explored themes of family, friendship, love, heartbreak, desire, loss and frustration and quickly garnered great momentum and a strong foundation of dedicated fans.