Aussie hiphop legend Drapht has just dropped boisterous new track Hypocrite, featuring Eli Greeneyes. It’s the fourth taste of his electrifying seventh album, Shadows and Shinings, before it lands this Friday (available for pre-order now).
“The first part (of the song) came to life after a massive night out in LA with some friends. I used the writing of it to crawl myself out of the depths of the darkest of hangovers. It’s about everyone having a little slice of Hypocrite in them, and now more than ever in the age of the influencer. So I just wanted to balance out the universe a bit,” Drapht says.
“The second half came about a week later when catching a flight from LA to New Orleans. I was so busy trying to get to the gate to catch my flight I didn’t realise I had just cut off a guy in a wheelchair going to the same gate getting on the same flight. I could definitely get better at slowing down, I think we can all be guilty of getting caught up in the race to the next destination and at times don’t quite understand the damage we’re doing in the process.”
Recorded in his home studio in Perth, mixed by Andy Lawson and mastered by King Willy Sound, the new album Shadows and Shinings is a 15-track adventure through the human psyche, contemplative and deep, but still full to bursting with addictive beats and clever production.
Drapht explains, “The album cover art is an illustration (drawn by Travis Price) of my childhood home, and the title Shadows and Shinings is a metaphor that represents all of the lightest and darkest times within my life while making it, from the birth of my daughter, to having another relationship break down…From reflecting on the success of my career in the industry, to the struggles with my mental health that also came with it. The theme originally started out from a line in one of my favourite books – Man’s Search For Meaning, ‘Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise’”.