After hearing his star-making performance on Hermitude's smash hit "The Buzz", it's clear that while New Zealand-based artist Young Tapz is only twenty years old, he has a clarity of vision in his music that's well beyond his years. At the same time, it's his youthful charisma and sharp sense of humour that will truly engage the growing audiences he'll be set to perform for in 2016 and beyond.
Growing up in Zimbabwe, her remembers hearing only local music and Michael Jackson. Later, after moving to New Zealand at a young age, he fell in love with the wide variety of music available to him. He recalls listening to Lionel Richie and even delving into the country genre – the only two things that his dad would let him listen to in his car.
The second artist to record in Red Bull Studios Auckland, his work there eventually led to a full-length project called Forest just before he turned 18. He's since toured with the likes of G-Eazy, A$AP Ferg and Hermitude, and has collaborated with a variety of artists, including producer Branchez and indie rock band No Wyld.
He's unusually tight-lipped about his upcoming EP, offering only human meme Lil Terrio's catch-phrase "ooh kill 'em" as his response to any questions about it. Knowing that what's left unsaid is perhaps most important, we can haphazardly guess that there's probably some pretty exciting stuff on there.
Despite being on the verge of blowing up, Tapz is confident without being arrogant – he knew his collaboration with Hermitude would be a hit, but he only recently became aware that the the track managed to reach the Top 20 of the ARIA charts. He had the same feeling about his latest single "Killa", which sits at over 14,000 Soundcloud plays, and has reached #2 in America and #3 Worldwide on the Spotify Viral Charts already.
On Thursday night, he took a star turn on the ARIAs stage performing with Hermitude. Needless to say, Tapz is one to watch for 2016, and that's why Complex AU decided to get the jump on his hype early. Check out his latest single "Killa" below, then scroll down as we present you with ten things you need to know about the NZ rapper.