OTIUH release new single ‘Friends Like’

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OTIUH release new single 'Friends Like'
“Add these heroes to your local faves like Genesis Owusu, REMI. Same flavour, new package”
– Dave Ruby Howe, triple j

“The pairing of Cesare and Jahmeil have become one of our go-to artists for forward-thinking hip-hop in the last few years.”
– Pilerats

“Otiuh shake things up in their own music.”
– Declan Byrne, triple j

The Perth-based childhood mates Otiuh (pronounced Oh-tee-yah) are back again with their latest scorching single, ‘Friends Like’.

Packing a punch from the first line, Jahmeil Baker and Cesare Papa have crafted this candid track, sending an honest, fire-fuelled message to the crowds that thrive off judging others. “There’s a lot of people our age out there who don’t know how to have a good time. They’re insecure, which is fine. But they try and fix this feeling by putting others down. Whatever it takes to feel better without addressing their own issues,” Cesare explains. Although originally written by Jahmeil as an experimental lo-fi contrast to their energetic sound, the single was reworked by Cesare with a trap-influenced production to meet the bold intensity of the lyrics. 

With an ever-expanding discography, the duo have developed their own unique, dynamic style with fierce flows and vibrant instrumentation, offering something fresh to Western Australia’s blossoming hip-hop space. Following their string of released singles this year, Otiuh have earned themselves airtime on triple j’s Home & Hosed with ‘Mamma Always Told Me’ and a coveted showcase on MTV and rage with their music video for ‘Pour It Up’, as well as love flowing from their hometown community broadcaster RTRFM. After a series of impassioned, high-energy live shows with their three-piece band, including a sold-out headline performance at beloved venue, The Bird, and a set at the annual WAMFest celebration, the duo have also landed themselves a nomination for WAM’s Hip Hop Act for 2021.

The pair are dedicated to continuously pushing the envelope of their sonic diversity, flexing their genre-fluidity and collaborating with local rising-stars such as Adrian DzvukeMali Jo$e and Hyclass. With their third EP in the pipeline, scheduled to be released later this year, 2021 will be sure to see what the duo do best – searching for the next sounds in hip-hop and making it their own.

‘Friends Like’ is OUT NOW.


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