Danzal Baker, aka Baker Boy, has been awarded the honour of 2019 Young Australian Of The Year.
The Indigenous rapper and dancer achieved mainstream success in the Yolngu Matha language, coming 17th in Triple J’s Hottest 100 2017 and a notable follow-up from his debut single Cloud 9 winning Triple J's Unearthed competition.
Baker was awarded Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year at 2018 AIR Awards. The Northern Territorian was an award winner at the National Indigenous Music Awards as well as winning the prestigious Charles Darwin University Art Award at the Northern Territory Young Achievers Awards.
He was handpicked by English rapper Dizzee Rascal to be his Australian support act.
Watch: Baker Boy receives his 2018 AIR Award @ 3:27
Baker Boy has also just dropped his newest track 'Cool As Hell', a jam he wrote with Thundamentals and writer/ producer Carl Dimataga. It's also Baker Boy's first song with Island Records Australia/ Universal.
“I came up with a loose concept of celebrating the way that music makes us all feel good,” Baker Boy says about the collaboration.
“Everyone latched on to the concept from the first few notes of the bassline and the song morphed really quickly and seamlessly from there,” adds Carl.
"Basically we all had fun making this and I think that’s come through in the finished song.”
They continue to write more songs for a forthcoming album in August.