Youngn Lipz is the July cover star of NME Australia magazine

The new issue also features Sycco, The Goon Sax, ‘In The Heights’ and an intimate tour of Hobart by the Native Cats

South-West Sydney singer Youngn Lipz is the July cover star of the NME Australia magazine.

The rising R&B star talked to NME’s Cyclone Wehner about how his upbringing in Cabramatta informed his debut album ‘Area Baby’, out August 6 on Biordi Music, led by the cruisy single ‘Spaceship’ and the open-hearted ‘Broken Home’.

“I feel like the thing most young people from the area need is love,” he says of his community in South-West Sydney. “There isn’t much love going ’round. I feel like as soon as people hear that you’re from the South-West, or the West in general, you’re automatically a target for law enforcement. [But] just like anything else, until you seen it with your own eyes, you can’t really judge.”

Read the story, which was published today (July 28) with photography by Cole Bennetts, here.

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Elsewhere in the July issue, “COVID-baby artist” Sycco talks the surprising success of her single ‘Dribble’, and Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of In the Heights talk the summer blockbuster. We also celebrate the beauty (and bagpipes) of AC/DC’s iconic ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’, and take a tour of Hobart, Tasmania with the Native Cats.

The new issue of NME Australia, now available for pre-order, will begin shipping the week of August 9. Six-month and yearlong subscriptions are also available here.

Youngn Lipz joins the ranks of Hiatus Kaiyote, Tkay Maidza, Julia Stone, Skegss, Jaguar Jonze and Genesis Owusu as NME Australia 2021 cover stars. Others who’ve graced the cover of the magazine include Tash Sultana, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Cub Sport, Troye Sivan, Ruel, Miiesha and more. Explore and get your back issues of NME Australia here.

Get your copy of the July 2021 issue of NME Australiahere.