SophieGrophy absolutely dominates Walker & Royce’s ‘My Own Thang’
Rapping over electronic music is a lane few people can really enter without it seeming forced or unnatural. It opens up a whole new playing field in terms of versatility that, from a listener’s perspective, can be incredibly impressive or just a little sad. It’s no discredit to the rapper’s talent – it’s just not for everyone. However, once in a blue moon, someone comes along and proves that not only can they feel at home no matter where they are – they can make that home their own. And that’s exactly the impact Melbourne emcee SOPHIEGROPHY has on WALKER & ROYCE‘s ‘My Own Thang.’
Walker & Royce recognise the talent that is pouring out of SophieGrophy and show her the utmost respect. It’s almost as if their production – which is wacky, fun and filled with video-game fantasy – was moulded around her verses. While other rappers might announce their presence with explosive braggadocio and a flaming opening verse, SophieGrophy sees no need. Her laissez-faire vocals and subtle entry into the song sets her apart from the pack. Her voice is always understated, but still hits with the highest impact. It contrasts beautifully with the rambunctious production, showing that the respect between artists is by all means, mutual.
But, what’s truly stunning about this song is that it’s both soothing and booming. SophieGrophy spits her verses with just enough assertion that it doesn’t become overbearing or overwhelming. She’s not incessantly reminding you how great she is, she’s not trying to talk over the bouncing production that gives her rap the perfect framework. No, she’s way too cool for that. She doesn’t need to tell you how good she is – you’ll figure it out all by yourself.
Words by JACKSON LANGFORD