Sampa the Great is Australia’s most prolific black female hip-hop artist export, where she often speaks about the visibility of black and indigenous artists in Australia.
Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana, her upbringing continues to bear an influence on her music. Spending time in America before settling in Australia five years ago, the connections she made there have propelled her to where she now stands. First appearing by way of 2015’s breakout “The Great Mixtape” – described by OkayPlayer as “an adventurous young mind pushing out against all boundaries” – with over 6 million streams on Spotify to date. It was followed by singles “Blue Boss” (which hit #1 on Hype Machine, reached 1 million streams on Spotify within 2 months and has 8.5+ million streams to date), and “HERoes Act 2″ EP, a 3 track EP collaboration with Estelle, in association with Red Bull Sound (over 1.5 million streams to date), and “BEE9” which has reached 3.7 million streams since release.
Sampa has been influenced by Mos Def and Chance the Rapper. She has performed as a supporting act for Joey Bada$$, as well as Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, and Denzel Curry.