Back in July, Rico Nasty dropped her track Magic, which spoke to the power that love can have over us all. To celebrate the track's success, she's teamed up with local artists BARKAA and MADAM3EMPRESS for a remix, and it's more impressive than any magic trick David Copperfield's ever pulled off.
First Nations artist BARKAA's verse on the track extends on the theme of the original, talking about wanting the best for the person you love. It's another example of her razor-sharp skills, following on from her recent singles OUR LIVES MATTER and I CAN'T BREATHE. Her bars intertwine with MADAM3MPRESS's lush, layered vocals, adding an R&B edge to the track. Together, the remix showcases some of the best talent the Southern Hemisphere has to offer.
Speaking about featuring on the remix, BARKAA says, “It was such a mad opportunity to be able to jump on the remix of Magic alongside MADAM3EMPRESS and to be able to show a softer side to myself, it took me out of my comfort zone and made me think outside the box which was an experience for me as an artist.
"I’m honoured to be on Rico Nasty’s remix, it’s so surreal for me as an up-and-coming artist here to be able to be on such a huge track with an absolute gun in the music industry. It’s been huge watching Rico’s uprising and it’s beautiful for me as a woman of colour to be able to be on such a massive remix. It feels pretty historical.”
MADAM3EMPRESS echoed her thoughts, saying, “It is an honour to be a part of something so monumental in Australian music history… to have a First Nations woman tell her story and completely and utterly body her verse on a new track from one of the most exciting artists coming out of the States right now is something I am so honoured to be in the mix of.
"Big ups to Rico Nasty for allowing us to be a part of this. To have a Black African woman (myself), and a First Nations woman (BARKAA) appear together on a track like Magic is such a big statement. I hope it will help the world to see we have an important culture here - one of colour, one of power and one of womanhood.”
The track arrives alongside a lyric video made by First Nations creative agency INCOMMON, led by Creative Director Sofii Mara. Speaking about the video, Sofii says, “in Wiradjuri we have a word 'yindyamarra' which best translates to show respect, but more than that; it means to do so kindly, gently and thoughtfully. That is what I wanted to do with this project; to show the proper respect to two of the goats, to celebrate our shared commonalities as well as my own culture.”
Magic is set to appear on Rico's upcoming mixtape, Rx, which will be her first project since last year's Nightmare Vacation. It's set to be co-produced by 100 Gecs' Dylan Brady, according to Fader, as well as featuring Flo Milli and G Herbo.
Check out the remix of Magic and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Your speakers might go up in flames when this one's playing.