Gela. Say it out loud, say it with pride, with the honour and respect it deserves: GE-lah. You’ve met the bright-eyed, ferociously talented rapper Danzal Baker under a handful of names — the Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land, Baker Boy, the “proud blak Yolngu boy with the killer flow”. Now, he’s ready for you to meet him as Gela: his skin name, and one of the truest markers of his identity. Knowing himself well, knowing himself truly, and when his music can reflect that, there was only one obvious perfect choice for the title of Baker Boy’s first album: Gela.
Releasing Oct 15, the debut album includes ARIA Gold-certified Cool as Hell, Meditjin ft. JessB, Move, Ride ft. Yirrmal, and latest lead single My Mind ft. G Flip.
‘My Mind’ fizzes with romantic joy and features the beloved talents of G Flip, a vanguard of Australia’s pop landscape who shares Baker Boy’s penchant for boundary-pushing smiling-inducing bangers.
With each successive release Baker Boy continues to establish himself as a deft, talented rapper, with charisma and verve inherited from the genre’s greats. His list of career accolades includes six ARIA nominations; an ARIA Gold certification for Cool As Hell & Mr La Di Da Di; six wins at the National Indigenous Music Awards; an Order of Australia medal; the 2019 Young Australian of the Year award; multiple placements in Triple J’s Hottest 100 and over 40 million streams of his music world-wide.