Overachieving with Rapper, Boxer, Actor and Youth Mentor Kobie Dee
July 13th 2018
- Kobie Dee :: Interview with Lucy Smith on Mornings
Our current Independent Artist of the Week Kobie Dee joined Lucy Smith for a chat on Thursday Mornings. Extremely invested in giving back to his community, he uses music as a platform to shed light on struggle, and for his voice to be heard.
Sydney’s Kobie Dee is an esteemed boxer, dancer and actor, as well as a mentor for NSW highschools’ Just Reinvest program. Having also been a creator of music from a young age, the Gamilaroi man releases rap music to address daily issues surrounding his community, as well as educating through storytelling for generations to come.
Resonating with the style and words of chief lyricists Tupac and Eazy E, Kobie Dee put pen to paper at the ripe age of 9, and released his first track at 14. Being a young Aboriginal man, songwriting invoked a drive to address themes of police brutality, racism, a strong presence of substance abuse in his community and youth struggles,
“The best way for my voice to be heard is through rap. There’s not enough people standing up for our issues… The spiritual side is always there as well. I try and get real deep with it.”
Alongside his many artistic endeavours, Kobie Dee has been heavily involved with youth community services throughout his life. Finding refuge and comfort in such programs, he now sits on the other end of the table as a mentor. As he does with his music, as a mentor he hopes to ignite positive change and reinforcement in young peoples’ lives,
“We as humans should always be helping the people that are less fortunate.”
Performing at the Lansdowne this Sunday to close NAIDOC Week with a block party, Kobie Dee touched on the importance of the, ‘Because Of Her, We Can!’ theme for 2018,
“In our communities and a lot of places everywhere, it’s just the mum or strong women in the house; it’s good to give them credit. It’s good to show our appreciation.”