SAY TRUE GOD? EMBRACES BEING OVERLOOKED ON NEW SINGLE ‘UNDERDOG’
The name Say True God? pays homage to his Tongan, Aboriginal, and Māori heritage with a phrase colloquially synonymous with honesty. This value of transparency and authenticity became instilled in the rising rapper from a young age, growing up with his brother in the care of his great-grandparents on the north side of Brisbane.
Finding hip-hop as a pre-teen, STG’s first attempt at writing was heavily influenced by the gangsta rap of the era, most notoriously through Tupac. His uncle, who owned a home studio and initially encouraged STG to write, criticised the validity of his mimicking bars of Bloods and Crips.
“I learned to be authentic from the beginning, fortunately so.”
Despite titling his 2020 debut ‘Unfazed’, the chip on STG’s shoulder can be heard even back then over the heavy drums and guitar-looped production. In the two years that followed, he collaborated with Lisi, Calvin Pritchard, Lawd Lance, JR, and Dub.T, evolving as both an artist and a family man.
On the 2021 track ‘Future Kings’, the clear path of STG’s legacy was laid as he raps directly to his children before they chant the chorus of Nas’ ‘I Can’.
“That’s always been my goal, just to leave my voice behind for my kids to hear and give them advice.”
When you can stand tall on both your bars and an authentic, gravitating mic presence like STG, recreating JMB Juvie’s ear-worm of a prison freestyle is seemingly a no-brainer. Produced by Dimes, STG’s ‘Wicked’ dropped in March of this year and has since clocked over 5 million streams across Spotify and YouTube collectively.
Flipping the catchy humming melody of the original in the short two-minute single, STG details his upbringing as a mixed-race POC, the passing of his great-grandmother, and the sacrifices made by and for his family. Paired with a humbly-shot music video directed by Yissa, ‘Wicked’ virally challenged anyone trying to underplay his potential.
As his label debut on MLBRN’s Brotherhood Music, STG unveils the title track to his upcoming EP Underdog. Produced by frequent collaborator Dimes, the anthemic lead single finds STG steadfast on his path as he raps braggadocious boxing-related bars and name drops the likes of Tim Tszyu, Jai Opetaia, and Justis Huni. Directed by Ruff Pops and filmed at All Stars Boxing Gym in Queensland, the Rocky-inspired music video encapsulates the ‘Underdog’ themes.
“‘Underdog’ couldn’t speak for me any more than it means. Growing up I’ve always been the underdog, always proving people wrong and still being overlooked.”
Check out our interview with the rising 4k rapper below as he touches on his origins, his musical journey so far, and what we can expect into the future.