Following a milestone year in which his 2018 independently-released debut album ‘Women, Weed & Wordplay’ racked up a staggering 60 million streams and counting, stayed in the ARIA Album chart for 52 weeks straight, launched two Gold-certified singles and became the 13th highest selling Australian album of 2019, lauded underground Sydney rapper Chillinit today announces his much anticipated sophomore album The Octagon (due January 31) with a first taste coming via single & video “Ready For The Pain,” which is currently the #1 trending video on YouTube in Australia.
Building his fan base organically over the past three years, Chillinit’s underground DIY expertise has helped him accumulate over 210k Instagram followers, creating an emerging empire from his highly entertaining (and controversial) antics, brushes with the law and the media, raw YouTube clips, turbulent live performances, and unique ability to find common ground between powerful, world class rap verses and tongue-in-cheek hit songs full of humour, charm and mischief.
In addition to the grassroots success of ‘Women, Weed & Wordplay’, 2019 also brought several other highlights, including 2x gold-certified singles, 3x #1 trending Youtube Videos, being the first Australian to appear on Charlie Sloth’s legendary UK segment Fire In The Booth (formerly BBC now Apple Beats 1), selling over 8000 tickets to his first national outing, The Ashes Australian Tour, and a high rotation on Triple J for his standalone single “Freedom“.
Chillinit will be performing live across Australia for the FOMO Festival run in January along with Lizzo, Brockhampton, Kaytranada, Rico Nasty and more:
Chillinit at FOMO Festival
Saturday, Jan 4 – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
Sunday, Jan 5 – Elder Park, Adelaide
Saturday, Jan 11 – Paramatta Park, Sydney
Sunday, Jan 12 – Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Chillinit is, without question, the most exciting and unprecedented new hip-hop artist in Australia, one of the most revered new rappers in the Southern Hemisphere and an emerging cult figure among his legion of dedicated fans, the 420 Family.
A product of a vibrant, multicultural Australia: Chillinit is a young, brash gifted kid from South West Sydney is on a mission to bring local rap culture to the world, and in turn finds himself on the verge of stardom.
Initially building his devoted following from scratch thanks to a must-follow Instagram page (now at 210k followers), millions of YouTube views on his fiery viral rap videos and an undeniable sense of Aussie charm and mischief, Chillinit has forced his way to the forefront of the new guard of Australian rap, thanks mostly to the eye-popping success of his independently released his debut album, Women, Weed & Wordplay, which has not left the ARIA chart for the entirety of 2019, was the 13th highest selling album in Australia, and has racked up a staggering 60 million streams and counting.
The resulting national tour, dubbed The Ashes, saw Chillinit embark on first ever headline run across twenty dates, supported by his 420 Family partners Wombat, and selling a remarkable 8000+ tickets across the country. All of this with virtually no mainstream media presence.