PREMIERE: ELIJAH YO KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY WITH ‘WESTSIDE FLOW’
Words By Christopher Kevin Au
Elijah Yo has been carving himself a reputation as one of West Sydney’s most interesting voices over the past few years, and makes his mission statement clear with his new video for ‘Westside Flow’.
This time around, Elijah keeps it in the family: ‘Westside Flow’ reworks a 1999 single called ‘Island Flow’ by the Strong Islanders crew, which his father was a member of. “I pretty much grew up on this track as a kid, because my dad used to play it while cruising,” Elijah says. “When I found it again last year, I remembered how much of a vibe it had to it, & I knew almost instantly I had to remake it.”
Two decades later, Elijah has put his own spin on his old man’s work, which is pretty strong evidence that hip-hop runs strong in this family. As with much of Elijah’s work, this track pays homage to West Sydney while taking inspiration from classic West Coast rap, also enlisting JNR and Elijah’s frequent partner-in-crime, Biggs.
Keeping the carefree energy of the original, ‘Westside Flow’ is one to keep bumping throughout those summer afternoons, which is exactly what happens in the sun-soaked video. Watch ‘Westside Flow’ first below, and keep two ears open for more heaters from Elijah throughout 2019: