YNG Martyr is a First Nations hip-hop artist based out of Canberra, his music career began in an online gaming chatroom when a competitor challenged him to freestyle rap for his peers. His sound fluctuates between high-energy trap music and stripped-back R&B, laced with catchy cadences and rhythms. His first release, ‘PUTIN’, quickly gained attention, amassing over 3 million Spotify streams. Martyr has since increased his following, fuelled by consistent quality releases.
In 2019, YNG Martyr released ‘Nike Ticks’ which almost immediately went viral thanks to a surge of memes using snippets of the song. ‘Nike Ticks’ boasts over 75 million streams across platforms and in 2020 popular hip-hop magazine, Acclaim, presented YNG with the prestigious Song of the Year award for the track. The Canberra native has been billed on festivals such as This//That, Golden Shores and So What!? YNG Martyr continues to be on a roll with 3 recent singles, ‘Love Boy’, ‘POP!’ and ‘They Say’ all added to triple j rotation, and boasting one of the highest listenerships for an independent Australian artist.