Qld student joins forces with hip-hop star Illy to end domestic violence

A 16-year-old Queensland student will have his lyrics featured in hip-hop aritist Illy’s new song after winning the Queensland Government’s Stop the Hurting: End domestic Violence Music Slam competition.

The competition, which was designed to help break the cycle of domestic and family violence, offered young, budding rappers and lyricists the chance to win a VIP recording studio session with Illy and the opportunity to have their own lyrics featured in his new hit ‘Back Around’.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said more than 170 students entered the competition, with Cleveland student Travis Lord’s powerful lyrics winning him the top prize.


“Over the past few months, we have been holding music workshops in schools and communities across the state to help young people share their feelings, re-frame their ideas about healthy family relationships and to let them know there is support available,” Ms Fentiman said.

“We received more than 170 entries to the competition, each representing an incredibly talented young person who has engaged with the issue and are standing up to say it’s not okay.

“At only 16 years old, Travis’s lyrics certainly hit home and are a powerful reminder that unfortunately a lot of kids find themselves in these horrible situations.”

Aussie hip hop artist Illy said he was excited to be able to meet with young Queenslanders and collaborate in the studio with them, to spread the message to End Domestic Violence.

“The most powerful experiences I’ve had with music have been when they’ve helped people,” Illy said.

“My involvement in Stop The Hurting had the sole purpose of creating music to help kids. I can’t stress enough how easy the choice to get involved was. I’m grateful to lend my voice to the campaign.

“We chose Travis from the shortlist we compiled, because the verse was just so awesome! There’s layers to it which made it stand out to me. It’s not easy to tackle an issue like this with nuance at a young age. I was really impressed.”

The final version of the song, incorporating Travis’ winning lyrics, will be released later this year.