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22 year old J-MILLA was born and bred in Darwin. He is a proud member of the Mak Mak Marranungu people, who are the traditional landowners of the Litchfield National Park in the NT. J-MILLA’s young life started hard from the get-go; yet he managed to find a way to stand outside the intergenerational trauma pathway that affects so many Aboriginal families. Losing himself in music and storytelling was what got him through and it was this part of his culture that he clung to. Furthermore, when he noticed the power of narrative and its influence on those around him; mainly his brothers and sister - J-MILLA’s passion for writing lyrics and telling his own stories began. He was eleven years old. J-MILLA used this passion like a weapon to maintain a healthy mental state for himself and his siblings; and it worked!
J-Milla boasts more than 200,000 streams on Spotify and has featured in Spotify’s Deadly Beats playlist, which is curated by Alethea Beetson.
“When I was a kid I knew there were only two options for us kids – to repeat the patterns created by intergenerational trauma or to find a way out of it. I chose the latter and I took my brothers and sister with me.”
J-MILLA's lyrical content swings between deep societal commentary and bangin’ club vibes. His words speak to not only his Indigenous culture, but also those of a young upcoming rapper in the scene.
J-MILLA; Dobby; First Nations House Artwork - Dylan Mooney