VIDEO PREMIERE: NOOKY OPENS UP ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE ON NEW SINGLE 'NUMB'
Words by Christopher Kevin Au / Image by Cole Bennetts
The President of Nowra is in the building: Nooky has kickstarted our Friday with an ominous trap heater in ‘Numb’ featuring Thom Crawford. The South Coast representative, part-time professional wrestler and rapper has stayed on our radar for 2019; he started the year by touring nationally with Briggs and has gone on to perform everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to The Lord Gladstone, often while shirtless.
It’s The Lord Gladstone which serves as the location for ‘Numb’, and the Chippendale pub has also recently been featured in ChillinIt’s ‘Freedom’ video and Jeida Woods’ clip for ‘Selfless’ - making this an all too familiar haunt for local hip-hop fans. Produced by Level 48 Visuals, the glitchy video features Nooky and his crew - including Maroubra emcee and Bad Apples colleague Kobie Dee, Thraxxy and Raj.
The song follows Nooky’s more abrasive efforts like ‘Blackfellas’ and guest verse on B Wise’s ‘The Code (Remix)’ alongside Kerser and Manu Crooks. And although ‘Numb’ employs heavy trap production from Solo, it’s a more subdued approach from Nooky, evoking the feeling of numbness that the song discusses. “‘Numb’ is a side of me that I don’t usually show, it's something that I have hidden for quite some time, it's about turning to substance abuse to numb the pain when you are finding it hard to face your problems,” Nooky says.
“Music was my healing, it was my release, but sometimes I needed to escape my escape and just be numb to my emotions and thoughts… but the next day shit’s still the same and if anything, it put a hindrance on my healing.”
Watch ‘Numb’ first below, and keep two eyes open for Nooky, most likely at McDonald’s in South Nowra: