Notorious gangster rap group OneFour have released a new single months after live performances were shut down by police and three members were jailed.
The track pays tribute to the group’s home suburb of Mount Druitt in Sydney’s west, and is cheekily named ‘Home and Away’, referring to one of Australia’s most loved television soap operas.
The song lyrics describe the harsh realities and struggles of growing up and living in gritty Mount Druitt, in stark contrast to the Australia depicted in the famous soap, set in fictional beach-side town of Summer Bay.
Known as Australia’s first drill rappers, OneFour’s latest track is littered with local slang and references such as Mounty (Mount Druitt) and Bidwill (a local suburb).
There are also references to the more well-known Home and Away such as ‘the Bay’ (Summer Bay) and ‘Brax’, iconic character Daryl Braxton who led local gang the River Boys on the show for five years, played by Steve Peacocke.
‘The Bay’ is a lyrical double reference to Summer Bay and Sydney’s Long Bay jail: ‘I didn’t grow up around all those beaches, but I still got bros at the Bay.’
The lyrics also appeal for the release of members Lekks and YP, who were jailed last December over a violent assault in a hotel pokies room nearby Rooty Hill in 2018 which left two men unconscious.
Pio Misa (aka YP) was jailed for four years and will be eligible for parole in December 2021.
Salec Sua (aka Lekks) was sentenced to four-and half-years jail and will also eligible for parole in December 2021.
Another member Dahcell ‘Celly’ Ramos was sentenced to ten years with a non parole period of six.
OneFour who have amassed more than 30 million views on their YouTube channel and 28 million plays on Spotify were forced their national tour late last year after claims police pressured venues out of hosting their shows.
The new track is also littered with references to the group’s turmoil with police.
‘Out here we at war with the cops like Brax,’ the group says in the music clips.
The track has already amassed more than half a million YouTube views and almost 100,000 on OneFour’s Instagram in the first five days of being released
One Four members J Emz and Spenny did a recent tell-all interview where they revealed upcoming musical pursuits had been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘We got big plans, that got ruined by this f**king virus,’ J Emz laughed.
‘Hopefully it all goes well after everything blows over.’
The pair hinted OneFour will be dropping a new EP later this year.
The group has also recently collaborated with US rap sensation ASAP Ferg.