When it comes to cult rappers, they don’t get any more authentic than Huskii. Growing up in various homes around New South Wales, he was exposed to violence, drug addiction and prostitution during his turbulent childhood; later falling victim to addiction, depression and incarceration in his teenage years. Hip–hop became Huskii’s creative outlet, where he employed painfully raw storytelling and harrowing lyricism in early tracks like ‘Barely Awake And Paranoid’, which appeared on pivotal YouTube channel HustleHard Television.
In 2017, he delved even deeper into his emotional wounds on the Brainumb EP, where his intense relatability earned him a die–hard audience. Widely regarded as an underground classic, Brainumb earned 3.5 million streams on SoundCloud and went on to dominate Spotify and Apple Music. Huskii’s unwavering mission to tell his story –no matter how ghastly or gruesome –has earned him unanimous respect from both peers and critics alike. “I do cut myself off from a wider audience with my content, but the fans who can somehow relate become my family,” he says. “You either get it, or you don’t.”
Later in 2017, Huskii recorded his iconic ‘BodyTheBooth’ freestyle which earned over 4 million views on YouTube. It became one of the most heavily quoted rap songs in Australia, and a crucial turning point in the underground hip–hop explosion that would soon launch acts like ChillinIt, Triple Oneand Wombat into the spotlight. Huskii would go on to produce more DIY anthems like ‘Servo’ alongside Lil Sknow, also appearing in a viral triple j cypher in 2018. Huskii then dropped 4 Days, a collaborative EP with longtime friend ChillinIt in 2019, which saw a shift away from his trademark overcast sound. He released his own RecalledEP in 2020, which was bolstered by show–stopping, street–ready guest verses on Shadow‘s ‘Russell Coight’ and Snoee Badman‘s ‘Never Free’.
Come 2021, Huskii has relocated to West Sydney and is preparing to release his most captivating music to date, in the form of a project produced by Sydney multi–instrumentalist Tasker. He’s now focused on creating an authentic sound for his city, or as he puts it, “proper Sydney music that will live forever.” Armed with newfound purpose and the benefit of hindsight, Huskii’s songs reflect on his turbulent past with a new lens. “We pushed the music in the exact direction my whole discography has been leading up to,” he says. “When it drops, you’ll feel like you found the last piece of the puzzle.”