An enigmatic rapper from our home shores of Australia, Fate Tha Rapper has been popping up on Spotify and Triple J Unearthed, peddling his own brand of what he calls terrible music. Self-described as a blend of hip-hop, indie, metal, punk, and rock, his music is dense cacophony of contrasting sounds, experimental flourishes, and independent creative passions.
After dropping his debut album last year, Fate went through a tumultuous time, one that changed himself, his perspective and his music forever. After secretly working on an EP for a while now, he’s back in the spotlight and ready to show the world the new and dramatically improved sound.
So, Fate to kick of the interview, a lot of people are noticing the dramatic change in your music, particularly when comparing your three most recent singles with the sound of your first album. Is that something you’ve become really aware of?
Thats the thing, I don't believe its comparable at all. I see a lot of people comparing my new music to my old stuff and I feel like that’s where they're going wrong, because there listening to these new singles expecting the same thing from my old stuff when the reality of it is, my new music is so versatile, no one expected me to just drop a alternative rock song being known as a rapper. I feel like for the people who find it too different and struggle to grasp it in due time they'll start to understand that it’s not meant to be understood, its meant to be enjoyed.
One of your biggest new songs has to be ‘When it Snows’, and it seems to have that really personal connection. Can you give us any background on the song?
I think even though ‘When it Snows’ is my favourite record I've ever put out, it started off as just a message to the side of me that represents depression and anxiety and all things that hold me back, letting them know that I'll fight them till I'm on my death bed, no matter the weather. Even when it snows.
And how is your current headspace after releasing such a visceral and personal track?
I still have really bad days sometimes and in no way am I okay yet, but the music helps me, and putting myself around people with good energy that care for me.
Clearly mental health is an important topic, what are your thoughts on mental health in the music industry in this day and age?
I think thanks to many artists its finally getting the attention it deserves, mental health is a very, very real thing. Depression fucking sucks dude, because someone you think you know the most could be hiding so much inside, but smiling on the outside and a lot of artists such as Logic, xxxTentaction, Lil Peep, Mac Miller and Chester Bennington all really made that clear to the world and made it so rappers, singers or anyone didn’t hesitate to rap or sing about it. That’s what I’m also trying to do, that’s why my music is so dark because it’s all so very real in my head, so if people can relate to that, and if not heal, but at least temporarily numb their pain then that’s worth so much more to me then a giant cheque.
Do any of those artists inspire you?
They all definitely inspire me but X was and always will be a real one for me. He helped me through a lot of shit with his music and words, the guy was so ahead of his time and it breaks my heart to see him go so young. R.I.P X Man Jah forever.
Fate, do you have any plans you would like to let us know about for the future?
I can't say too much yet, but I can tell you there is a full length studio album on the way. I’m working with a really good team and some really dope artists, so keep an eye out for it.
A tricky one for you, dead or alive, if you could work with one artist who would it be?
100% xxxTentacion, no debate about that at all. Either him or an Elvis collab would go hard haha!
We know mental health is a big part of your music, but what inspires you the most?
What inspires me is my pain, it’s the root of everything I do good and bad. I don't like myself at all but I'm here because I have something to share and a story to tell to help others through their journey. I'm here for the people not myself.
That’s an interesting point, who is Fate Tha Rapper too you?
Fate Tha Rapper is the very dark side of me. He's hella loyal and will save your life, but you wouldn't wanna step on his toes, he's the hurt in my smile. Kills me and saves me at the same time.
Before we wrap this up anything you want to say or any shout outs you wanna give?
Shout out the whole team man, thanks for holding it down.
A defiant talent to watch, Fate Tha Rapper’s work can be found on Spotify and Triple J Unearthed through the links below, and be sure to follow him on his social media pages for all the latest news and music.