This number from underground Australian rapper Mathas touches on cultural appropriation in ways that might get even the most apathetic of listeners thinking and embracing their inner sociologist. The following quote from the man himself best articulates the track’s intentions:
“There’s no denying Australia’s lack of a cultural food identity. I don’t know many meals or ingredients that are uniquely Australian. Most are adopted from English heritage or American influence. There are a plethora of native edibles that we know little about and are hardly used other than in a few modern restaurants, primarily due to how little contact we have or respect we demonstrate to the Indigenous peoples of our country. I believe sharing food is important to human social and evolutionary development and.. maybe.. just maybe we eat too many burgers by ourselves.” – Mathas
In ‘Nourishment’, Mathas combines his powerful lyrics with a stellar production that manages to emit the perfect amount of tension. He manages to balance the sensitivity of the subject matter well – exerting enough pressure to be potent, without shattering the fragile surface that encases it. It’s a remarkable track that showcases the fact that Mathas isn’t just another thoughtful rapper, he’s an ingenious wordsmith that constantly raises the bar with his songwriting.
Forget slow build ups, forget exercising restraint, forget crafting intricate lines that slowly lead up to a crescendo-ed musical climax. Expect...