I first found Briggs through Adelaide hip hop crew Golden Era and enjoyed his album “The Blacklist”, a top notch debut. A few lyrics I disagreed with, but I enjoyed it non the less.
This is a serious step up.
With an evolved flow from delivery from Briggs, and lyrics about diverse and interesting topics, Briggs has a new confidence and a fire in the belly beyond anything I’ve seen from him previously.
In the above song “The Children Came Back“, a beautiful song written as a sequel to Archie Roach‘s song “Took The Children Away” and performed live for Triple J’s Like A Version yesterday, there is a line in which Briggs says:
“I’m Adam Goodes, and Adam should be applauded when he stands up”
Briggs’ first name is also Adam, and HE should be applauded for standing up. There is so much power in his voice in this song as he list these important historical Indigenous figures.
I especially love the lines:
“I’m Gurrumul, I’m Archie, I’m everything that you ask me, I’m everything that you can’t be. I’m the dead hearts heartbeat”
Below is the song “The Hunt ft Gurrumul”, the beautiful first single from Briggs forthcoming album “Sheplife”.
In this song Briggs brings the quality, successfully blending lyrical bravado with revealing personal stories and strong political statements, all backed by crisp Trials production.
If you have got to this point without already watching the above videos, then you should watch the Archie Roach video below first, because I feel it is very important, and then go back to watch the two by Briggs & Gurrumul!