A.GIRL is the family nickname given to 21 year old hip hop artist Hinenuiterangi Tairua. Raised in Western Sydney, A.GIRL calls Australia home but the connection to her family’s Maori homeland of Te Hapua in the north island of New Zealand runs deep.
The title of her debut single ‘2142’ told us about real life in her postcode and garnered worldwide support. Her second single ‘Play’ and third single ‘All Over You’ appealed to her sensual side and struck a chord with playlisters and radio programmers, attracting broad triple j support including full rotation airplay, winner of triple j unearthed’s Listen Out festival slot, Artist Of-The-Week, and featured in Ticketmaster’s ones-to-watch in 2020.
In February 2020 A.GIRL was crowned Next Big Thing at FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards. In July, 2020 Angel crushed her feature on triple j’s LIKE A VERSION rapping Kanye West’s Jesus Walks. According to respected music blog Purple Sneakers, it was the “best Like A Version of the year” and “A.GIRL stole the show”. In August A.GIRL released ‘Lola’ her 4th track which saw her slide across the bench from R&B to hip hop with consistent support. In September UK Wonderland Magazine tipped A.GIRL as a ‘Rising star’.
In early 2021, A.GIRL was invited to kick off triple j’s new season of Bars Of Steel. She flexed her flow and turned heads with a performance that surprised many in the hip-hop scene. Shortly after, Red Bull featured A.GIRL in their 64 Bars series which solidified herself as an MC with a unifying message.
A.GIRL’s latest single ‘Luv Drunk’ blends pop/R&B with hip-hop flavours, heavy bass and lyrics that hit hard. Luv Drunk is about being in love with someone to the point of intoxication but then one day you are cold and sober towards each with no more love to go around.
“I wrote Luv Drunk for my future self when I was 17 and in a relationship. Now that I’m 21 and single it’s like watching an old re-run of the Simpsons that relates to me now more than ever. “
After selling out her first headline gig on May 20th at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, A.GIRL was officially added as the only female artist on the ‘Winter in the Domain’ event with ChillinIt, Youngn Lipz and Triple One. Unfortunately due to the recent COVID outbreak this gig was cancelled. 2021 has shaped up to be the most exciting year for A.GIRL with a string of killer content to come.