VIDEO PREMIERE: T$OKO CHANNELS HIS INNER ‘RUDEBOI’ ON NEW SINGLE
Words by Christopher Kevin Au
The Perth renaissance is real! The Western city has been throwing some of the biggest hip-hop festivals/parties in the country, and so it’s no surprise that there’s a swelling arsenal of emcees also arriving from WA. Among them is T$oko, someone who first caught our eyes and ears at BIGSOUND 2018, and he’s continued his upward trajectory since by performing alongside international heavyweights like The Free Nationals and local heroes like B Wise.
‘Rudeboi’ is his newest offering, where T$oko takes heavy influence from dancehall and electronica, a blend that’s been popularised by the likes of Major Lazer, Rihanna and co. Still, despite the Caribbean twist, the track still has an overall ominous tone and is matched with a cinematic, crime-ridden clip. Still, T$oko explains that ‘Rudeboi’ isn’t so much about gansgterisms, but rather taking that attitude to his musical output.
“I pride myself in creating something different for the scene,” he said. “It’s okay to be different,” he says.
Watch ‘Rudeboi’ first below: