Premiere: Johniepee teams up with Coin Banks and Noemme for Skin Deep
The cross-country collaboration continues to push Johniepee forward as an artist you should have on your radars.
Towards the start of this year, we were introduced to Perth hip-hop rising star Johniepee, who at the time, was collaborating with Sydney rapper Joey Maker for a silky smooth single titled Bed Hair. It was a track that saw them move to "the soulful, R&B-leaning world of hip-hop" as we said on release, focusing more-so on sultry hooks and romantic lyricism than the quick-hitting, US trap-inspired rap music which seems to be the wave at the moment (and one they've experimented with in the past, to be fair). It was hard to deny Johniepee as a highlight of the song full of highlights itself, and we're stoked to say that all these months later this continues to shine true, however this time in his own music.
Premiering on Pilerats today, Skin Deep is a new single from the quickly emerging Perth rap name which places him alongside cross-country competition - Perth hip-hop heavyweight Coin Banks on one side, and Sydney newcomer Noemme on the other - for a song that really bridges the gap between two of hip-hop's most dominant sides. Above a rather sparse production littered with subtle percussion, Johniepee, Coin Banks and Noemme create moment of smooth, R&B-infused magic on Skin Deep, utilising their many strengths and jigsawing them together for a track that feels somewhat like a masterclass in collaboration. "We often believe that we’re ugly, unworthy or uninteresting when really the people we try to impress often feel the same about themselves," Johnie says on the track. "We often share the same scars, the same doubts, the same fears. There’s beauty in our internal struggles and how we overcome them which can actually make us incredibly attractive to others, but many people think their flaws mean they’re undesirable or destined to be alone forever, hence the lyrics in the song 'we can be flawed together'." Dive into the track below:
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