Single Review: Ziggy Ramo – ‘Same Script’

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Same Script, but different. 22-year-old Ziggy Ramo has been named ‘One to Watch’ by triple j’s Unearthed team, and here at WC we have a keen eye on him, that’s for sure! His politically charged singles 'Black Face' and 'Black Thoughts' shone some serious light on the many day-to-day struggles and injustices/inequalities faced by Indigenous Australians. The songs easily stand up next to the strong content being pushed out by powerful US artists such as Kendrick, or even the likes of A.B. Original back home.

Enter 'Same Script'. Although on first spin it’s a catchy, super relatable ditty with seemingly fun lines like, “No you cannot touch my hair!”; subsequent spins reveal a deeper message of inclusivity despite difference and how we can all relate as we’re all related. That same line of, “No you cannot touch my hair!” (to an admittedly privileged, white listener) transforms from being novelty and fun to something that’s extremely thought-provoking; what was his experience or motivation behind that line? 

It takes a skilled writer to be able to make the listener reflect on lyrics several listens in. It’s about time Indigenous Australian hip hop artists have a platform to get their voices heard!  

Here’s what the man himself has to say about the track; he says in a statement: 

“(Same Script is) a self-reflection that acknowledges we are all unique individuals, no two the same, yet we, as human beings regardless of circumstances have the capacity for empathy as we all experience such core human feelings that are essential to our existence. Regardless of race, gender or sexuality, through both love and loss we can connect to the plight of our fellow beings and come to an understanding that no one is ever truly alone in what at times can be an uphill battle.”

It's a bloody ripper of a track, and we suggest that you add it to your playlist now!

Written by Kate Carnell