Nov 11, 2016 2:20PM

Oyster Premiere: Anfa Rose's 'Thirsty' Is A Late Night Banger

Stay hydrated.

Anfa Rose isn't your typical Aussie hip-hop artist. His music is more reminiscent of dudes like Jeremih and Drake than any of our homegrown rappers, so it makes lots of sense that his latest single has been picked up internationally and that his mixtape has now had over a million streams online. Get it. 

Anfa is one of a bunch of Aussie artists on WVS — "a new music imprint designed to serve as a platform for Australia's new wave of hip-hop creatives". His latest track, 'Thirsty' — premiering right here, right now! — was made in collaboration with WVS affiliate Dopamine. The smoov as hell tune is no doubt going to be soundtracking your life for many lit late nights (and early mornings) to come. Get at it, and then get to know Anfa a lil' better, below.  
Madeleine Woon: Where are you from and where are you currently living? 
Anfa Rose: Born and raised in Sydney, that's still where I'm based and work out of.

What were you into in high school?
I was always into music, and played instruments in school bands and that. I also played football my whole life and throughout high school at a high level. Only stopped recently because the music began to take over and took up all my time. But that allowed me to travel and see the world, so that's a big part of upbringing.

Can you describe your music in five words?
Smooth, introspective, relatable, innovative, indoors. 

How do you find the Australian hip-hop scene as an artist?
At first I found it limiting — I never really saw a path to really making it out of here, unless you were a traditional "Aussie hip-hop" artist and even then there was, like, a roof that I didn't really see any artists from here break through. But the last couple years there has been a major shift in what the people accept and what they want to hear, which definitely shows when you look at how my fan base has grown organically in a short amount of time both locally and overseas. I think it's a really exciting time for any artist coming out of this part of the world, whatever genre of music.

How did you get into music originally?
I always enjoyed listening to music, but it was my mother who really got me into playing a learning the art of music. She had me learning keyboard/piano, guitar, even saxophone for a couple of years. When I was young, I'll admit I hated the lessons and the practice but I feel that was the foundation for the passion and ear I have for music today.If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose? 
I grew up with two cats when I was younger at home, so I've always like cats. I don't mind dogs or any animals for that matter, but cats definitely make good companions for me. They're chill and low maintenance.

What scares you most?
I hate spiders and snakes and all that. 

What's you favourite soundtrack?
Probably something epic like Lord of the Rings or the Harry Potter soundtrack. Or even like the Star Wars soundtrack.
If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life what would you choose?
I don't think I could... The variety of music I listen to is so wide and always changing. I think I'd go crazy if I listened to the same thing forever.

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
I wanted to be a footballer — I was set on that for a good 15 years of my life. But that's changed. Music has definitely been a priority and has made up most of my life for the past two or three years, since I started taking it seriously as a career.

Who is your biggest hero?
My parents.

Madeleine Woon