Manu Crook$ is ripping Australian hip hop right out of its cringey mould and throwing it down somewhere solid. Zane Lowe is up there on his list of fans, as well as Red Bull Sound Select who’ve worked with him in their artist program. Very recently, he performed at the UC Refectory in Canberra with Turquoise Prince and Haiku Hands to mad success. Chuck his recently released single ‘Touchdown’ on repeat, and get to know him below.
Currently based: Sydney
What are you doing right now?
Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you “do”?
I make music!
What are you most excited about at the moment?
The release of my debut project, Mood Forever.
What do you fantasise about before you sleep?
I fantasise about sleep ‘cause I don’t do enough of those things!
Have you ever had a dream come true?
Being able to perform my music for me is a dream come true!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
If you could be in another place and time, where and when would it be?
I haven’t experienced enough to tell you that.
What do you believe in?
I believe in hard work and the right moves at the right time! Ask me how you know it’s the right time? That’s what you gotta figure out.
What do you do to escape reality?
Depends! What is reality anyway?
Is there life on other planets?
There’s life on Pluto!
What’s your lucky charm?
I don’t have one at the moment!
Do you think God has a gender?
God is black and female.
Is anything impossible for you?
Not that I can think of.
Are you a good liar?
What are you doing to create a better world?
What did you last wish for?
A better life for the people around me!
Photography: Alex Johnstone