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Song You Need to Know: Tuka, ‘Son of a Queen’

Tuka doesn’t disappoint on his first solo release in four years



After stepping away from the spotlight two years ago, Australian hip hop artist Tuka is poised to captivate audiences once again with the release of his new single “Son of a Queen”.

Tuka’s comeback track not only marks his first foray into completely independent music, but also serves as his first solo offering since his acclaimed 2020 album, Nothing in Common But Us.

Now a decade into his career, which has seen him write and perform both as a founding member of Thundamentals as well as a solo artist, Tuka (aka Brendan Tuckerman) has carved a niche in the Australian hip hop landscape for his unique ability to blend philosophical lyrics with innovative sound.

“Son of a Queen” serves as a testament to Tuka’s artistic vision, showcasing his trademark blend of profound lyricism and infectious melodies. Delving deep into themes of spirituality and existentialism, the single invites listeners on a thought-provoking journey through the complexities of human existence.

“In 2022, after my father’s passing and realising I had never fully integrated my masculinity, this song symbolises my journey towards discovering my ‘Divine masculine,’” Tuka explains, reflecting on the personal experiences that inspired the track. “Additionally, I gained a profound appreciation for my mother. The title challenges the derogatory phrase ‘son of a bitch’ by affirming that I am indeed a ‘Son of a Queen’.”

Tuka has also crafted a mesmerising visualiser to accompany the single’s release. Through this visual narrative, viewers are invited to embark on a universal odyssey, exploring the wonders of nature and the relentless passage of time (watch below).

In true Tuka style, it’s a journey that transcends mere entertainment, sparking introspection and igniting the imagination.

“The visualiser is the first in a somewhat abstract series highlighting the personal growth I experienced during my time away from public life,” he explains. “The concept is loosely based on the sequence of time and the idea that everyone follows a life path leading to the ‘bigger picture,’ embodying the archetypal tale of ‘The Hero’s Journey.’ We all wear many hats, but the question is, which hat is the one you truly want to wear?”

Twelve years after supporting Kendrick Lamar, Tuka recently reflected on the early career lessons he learnt in an Instagram post. “Just when I thought I was truly hated by that crowd I checked iTunes to see how I was selling and the sales had actually pumped,” he wrote.

“Over the years I’ve learnt that the loudest folks don’t ever truly represent the collective sentiment they are just louder… I’m about to start a fresh chapter and having these memories in my mind and heart are invaluable to keep me motivated.”

Tuka’s “Son of a Queen” is out now.