Gomeroi rapper based in South Sydney’s Maroubra Bidjigal Land, Kobie Dee shares his debut EP, Gratitude Over Pity out now via Bad Apples Music.
As one of Australia’s leading hip-hop acts on the rise, Kobie Dee delivers one of the year’s most anticipated releases, with a five-track collection of future-shaping excellence. Laying testament to his enduring reputation as an unrivalled storyteller, Gratitude Over Pity is a debut work that permeates stories of real life challenges, substance use, intimate relationships and advocacy for his people and culture, with both bare-all honesty and moving assertion. Written throughout different stages in Kobie’s life, and sonically shaped by producers like Papertoy, Jaytee Hazard and Magic Nic, the EP provides insight into his journey and a life outlook that is rooted in positivity and gratitude towards the present and future.
Kobie says on the debut, “ This EP represents my journey and key stories and moments in my life up until this point in time. I love how it has come together and the way it flows… I want people to feel connected to it. I want my struggles and my success to inspire people.”
Gratitude Over Pity opens with a filtered set of piano chords in “In My Zone”, while Kobie affronts life’s fears through song. His rapid-fire raps never step out of time, and provide a contemplative chapter to the EP marked by deep introspection and growth. Next track, “Doobs” hears a trill piano hook as a strong kick and swinging rhythm set a defiant tone for Kobie to flex on, with undisputed tones of confidence and assertion. “Who Am I” is a show of vulnerability and confidence. A haunting hook sits low in the mix, gnawing at the honesty in Kobie’s stories as he rhetorically asks ‘who am I?’ over sharp snare hits, providing the resolute answers and sharing his vision.
Next up, “Drama” gives a powerful slice of menacing and forthright raps, where Kobie ponders his past learnings. Bells ring, and guest verses from Hoodzy and Tala Kai add a further taste of quick wits, while recorded voices interject as a seeming metaphor for outsiders’ opinions in Kobie’s life. Closing the EP is first single “About A Girl”, playing out like a diarised entry on the dynamics of intimate relationships co-mingled with the devastating impacts of substance abuse and addiction. Produced by Papertoy and Magic Nic, and applauded by triple j and community radio alike upon release, the track sees a low-end looping hum interlaced with deep kicks and a hissing snare, as Kobie unravels the story first penned four years ago at age 19.
Kobie continues, “A major turning point for me was focusing on my gratitude over pity. Really reflecting on what I’m grateful for in my life. Those layers of gratitude are my mum, my daughter, my culture, the area where I grew up, the people around me, and also feeling grateful to be who I am.”
Recently, Kobie Dee shared his five-part podcast series, Know Role Models, and launched its inaugural episode with Australian of the Year and legendary sportsman, Adam Goodes. The series invites First Nations people to share their stories of overcoming adversity, together celebrating their unique strengths to inspire the next generation. The full series includes inspiring guests, such as Gamilaraay man and Weave Community and Culture Lead, Daniel Daylight, Wandi Wandian woman and program manager of Aboriginal Healing Program, Karlie Stewart, Yuin man and elite adaptive crossfit athlete, Eric Brown and Yuin Nation/Djaara Senior Criminologist and longtime neighbour to Kobie, Sam Johnson.
Since 2018, the 23-year-old MC has found unique connection with his peers and audiences across the country via effortless flows, laser-sharp execution, and visceral storytelling that connects deeply with all who listen. Kobie’s first official singles, “Right Now” and “This Life” captured the attention of fans and industry heavyweights alike, acclaim which was soon amplified when he debuted his most successful single to date “Jody” for triple j’s Bars Of Steel. The single has since clocked 1.1 million views across platforms and over 3 million Spotify streams and climbing, reminding audiences nationwide of Kobie’s innate lyrical gifts. Transmitting his authenticity on stage, Kobie’s live show takes his talents to new levels, having performed across stages including Yabun Festival, Yo MTV Raps, Oxford Arts Factory, Inside Sets, NAIDOC Week’s 2019 Block Party, Better Daze, Sydney Festival and the Sydney Opera House as part of Briggs’ Bad Apples House Party for Vivid LIVE 2019. Most recently, Kobie was announced as part of #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2022, alongside artists, songwriters, and producers from the United States, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, United Kingdom and Canada. Showcasing YouTube’s commitment to Black musical excellence globally, Kobie joins a global network of prolific artists who will be mentored by legendary rapper and producer, Slick Rick.
Kobie Dee has long dedicated himself to working within his community, deeply engaged via live performance and youth mentoring programs, where his advocacy efforts towards systemic change to help reduce the overrepresentation of Aboriginal young people in custody and improving young people’s mental health access, is inspiring new generations. Earlier this year, Kobie Dee with the help of Weave Youth & Community Services and Randwick Council, threw a Block Party in Maroubra’s Coral Sea Park, raising more than $40k for Youth Week 2021. Kobie is also a Youth Ambassador for Weave Youth & Community Services and Just Reinvest NSW.
Kobie Dee’s debut work, Gratitude Over Pity EP is a diarised journey of gratitude from an exemplary storyteller, rapper and advocate, offering moving introspection towards his life-shaping experiences in all who listen.