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October 28, 2022 7:30 pm

Arts Mildura Hub

Local hip-hop sensation Philly is coming home for an exclusive gig for SemiArid SOUNDS

Philly was born during the golden era of hip-hop. By the age of four his older brothers had a huge collection of music and all he’d ever hear was hip hop music. The first song he could remember was Naughty by Nature’s ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ – Philly’s destiny was set. He began writing rhymes & rapping in public and soon became a hip hop sensation in his hometown Mildura which sits on Latje Latje country; near the banks of the Mighty Murray River.

“I feel like I’m obligated to use my music to make change for the better and to use my craft to teach. Through music I have always wanted to voice my opinion; weather it be about Aboriginal issues or to bring positive messages for Aboriginal youth, I understand that I have been given an opportunity to inform.”

He won triple j’s Unearthed NIMA Competition in 2014 earning him a performance slot alongside Briggs, Jimblah & The Last Kinection. The following week his debut single We On shot to No.5 on iTunes Hip Hop charts.

He was the winner of the National Indigenous Music Awards ‘New Talent of the Year’ category, he performed a breathtaking rendition of Bob Marley’s Three Little Bird for triple j’s Like a Version, and he released his first E.P – Dreamchaser.

After some time to take stock, breathe and grow, he was signed with Briggs’ all Indigenous record label – Bad Apples Music. Philly has since taken a step back from Bad Apples Music but the young MC is determined to continue to use his voice to make change and inspire young people.


Arts Mildura would like to acknowledge the Latji Latji, Nyeri Nyeri, Ngintait, and Wergaia people as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, along with their neighbours the Barkindji, Maraura, Mutti Mutti, Tatti Tatti and Wotjabaluk people.

We pay our respects to each of these communities and to their elders past and present.