“Hannah Montana of the rap game.”
It’s the tongue-in-cheek moniker that Grace Shaw gave herself early in her career as Mallrat, the best description the then 16-year-old could ascribe the bright, bouncy pop she made inspired by the likes of her rap heroes Allday, Drake and Kanye.
Smash cut to three years later and now when you say, “Mallrat,” you know exactly the vibe and sound we’re talking about. The 19-year-old is perfectly positioned to be Australia’s next big name in pop music, with the release of her second EP, In The Sky, set for March 23 via Dew Process/UMA.
Much of her huge appeal can be ascribed to the seemingly effortless and irresistible approach Mallrat has to her craft. Whether it’s her music, her effervescent stage shows, her bold and striking fashion choices, or her seriously witty and funny online presence (with strong cameos from her dog/co-star on the rise Charlie), it has all combined to amass her a huge audience from Melbourne to Mexico City. Her refreshingly honest observations of day-to-day life, her relatable and confessional lyrics, her penchant for cooking up simple yet sticky melodies – on a surface level there’s not much that separates Mallrat from her fans, as she makes it all seem so easy. Even her origin story is the stuff dreams are made of.