Sampa The Great’s 6 dream collaborations

We’ve been blessed to have some mesmerising hip-hop drop during this year. L-Fresh the Lion, Baro, Remi and Ivan Ooze have all pumped out some great work, giving us some respite from the regular drawl of mainstream ‘Aussie hip-hop’. There’s another name that can’t be left off that list, and it belongs to the wickedly talented Sampa The Great. A fierce poet in her own right, Sampa Kembo released one of the must hear albums of the year with The Great Mixtape. A powerful brew of politics and culture, it’s a debut that is up there with the likes of Currents and Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

So it’s no wonder that she’s received a nom for Album of the Year at the FBi SMACs. Though The Great Mixtape is pretty darn good as it is, we asked Sampa which 6 artists she’d collaborate with to make her next effort even greater.

Sampa the great

Rising hip-hop star Sampa The Great is is quickly becoming a star with her stunner The Great Mixtape. We asked Sampa who her dream collaborators would be

Hiatus Kaiyote

Very influential band to me, seeing their humility as our paths meet from time to time has been inspirational. Definitely want to work with them

Lauryn Hill

Why give words

Thandiswa Mazwai

She delvers the perfect afro traditional vibe into her music, I don’t know how to approach it myself. She’s amazing to me and I would love to work with her.

Mos def

Besides Tupac, Mos def is my top male artist influence. I would love to see what would happen if we worked together. I’d probably be staring at him for a while before we get to work.

Andre 3000

I think Andre is a revolutionary artist, reading and studying him more this year. I think maybe in a crazy life he’d be someone I would like to study under.


I’ve always described K’naan as one of the only African Artist, more specifically rappers, that can keep their music prominently African and Hip Hop. To me it’s a new genre like Damian Marley and Nas, who id love to work with but yall didn’t give me more space.

Chance the Rapper

If no one knows, I went through a period of feeling serious pressure of being a hard rap chick artist. It was not realistic and took the fun and creativity from my work. I stopped laughing and having fun with my projects and focused on perfection. When I went back home last December. I just listened to Acid Rap and Sia 1000 form of fear and got my laughter creativity and joy of making art at level 100%.