Tkay Maidza’s second album is almost here.
The rapper has announced her sophomore record, Sweet Justice, which will arrive this November. It’s the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to her 2016 self-titled debut, which earned two nominations at the 2017 ARIA Awards (Best Urban Album and Breakthrough Artist).
According to a press release, Sweet Justice is “a breakup record” in the traditional sense, with the songs detailing Maidza’s battles to overcome her self-doubt and warped sense of self.
“Sweet Justice was a way for me to channel my emotions from what I’ve experienced in the last two years,” she says. “It’s a diary of things and thoughts I’ve kept to myself. Making the record was a healing experience and I’m grateful to have worked with producers who have inspired me throughout my career.”
The album features recent single “Silent Assassin”, a thrilling collaboration with Flume. An anthem of self-empowerment and self-confidence, Maidza channeled influences Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott on the track.
To celebrate her album announcement, Maidza has shared a follow-up track, “Ring-a-Ling”, which is also all about finding confidence in one’s self: “I’m never choosing compliance,” the rapper defiantly cries in the track, and the lyric becomes a warning, a mantra, and a reminder all at once.
“I wanted to make an empowering song that tells others that my biggest focus are my goals,” Maidza explains. You can watch the accompanying music video – directed by Jocelyn Anquetil – below.
Earlier this year, Tkay Maidza stole the show on “Show Me the Money”, a collaboration with Snakehips. “Acclaimed electronic duo Snakehips are highly selective when it comes to their collaborators, and there was no chance that working with Tkay Maidza wouldn’t pay off,” Rolling Stone AU/NZ wrote in naming “Show Me the Money” as a Song You Need to Know.
Tkay Maidza’s “Ring-a-Ling” is out now. Sweet Justice is out Friday, November 3rd digitally and on transparent red vinyl (AU/NZ exclusive) via Dew Process & Universal Music AU (pre-save/pre-order here).