“Before, it was about bravado, money and bitches, but it’s undergone a shift from the braggadocious, in your face hip hop, to these are my feelings, this is what I’m going through.”

 

Dublin singer and songwriter MA-KA has just released her second single, the follow up to 2017’s debut ‘W8NG’. Both tracks are set to feature on a forthcoming EP, with the latest outing exploring the breaking down of her parents’ relationship, written from the perspective of her mother.

“There was a point where my mom decided to get back with my dad,” MA-KA explains. “‘Where Were You’ is me going back in time and I’m her, and I make the decision to not get back together. I say I’m not going back, and I save myself and my kids a lot of heartbreak.”

The multi-faceted artist feels tightly bonded with the world of modern hip hop, especially in Ireland, and says there’s been positive changes in the genre.

“Before, it was about bravado, money and bitches, but it’s undergone a shift from the braggadocious, in your face hip hop, to these are my feelings, this is what I’m going through.

“That’s where I feel the Irish hip hop scene is going, making it ok to be real. Too many people are suffering in silence, committing suicide, feeling like they’re alone. Rap is now a genre that’s pushing the agenda that its ok to talk, that it’s cool to write and to be a poet.”

Check out the latest track below.

Words: Eric Davidson / Photography: Joshua Mulholland  
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