Masked Wolf, the Australian rapper behind TikTok’s favorite song, “Astronaut In The Ocean,” joined 97.1 Now’s, Bru, for a special SoCal Honda Sound Space performance of his hit song, plus the artist filled us in on the deeper meaning behind the lyrics on his hit record.
With “Astronaut In The Ocean” reaching No.1 on the Hip Hop charts and sitting at No.10 on the Billboard Hot 100, Masked Wolf says, “it’s pretty nuts, but as I say, my favorite saying, ‘it is what it is.’ I’ll take it and just keep grinding and not focus on the numbers at all.”
Heavily inspired by Eminem, Kanye West, and G-Unit, the artist came up in Australia, always having musical aspirations on the backburner. Now the rapper has reached a global stage thanks to the viral nature of TikTok.
While on the surface, Masked Wolf’s hit song simply feels like a banger, he reveals that hidden “easter eggs” within the lyrics refer to depression, anxiety, and feeling out of place. He adds that the song nods to his struggles finding his place within music. The track asks, “what’s your down in the deep moment?”
The artist says, “it’s really like how you want to take it. You can just listen to it for when and enjoy the slap of the song or you can enjoy the lyricism and dive in deeper and figure out what is this truly about in the meaning.”
When releasing “Astronaut In The Ocean” in 2019 Masked Wolf didn’t know what TikTok was, adding that he didn’t intent to make the track for the video sharing app.
“I never thought it would be a banger and I never thought it would be big on TikTok,” says the artist.
Now in Australia, Masked Wolf is already performing live and has another four or five shows coming up in the next six weeks. “It’s been very free and I’ve been lucky to be able to perform,” shares the singer.
Finally, on June 4, Masked Wolf will be dropping his next single, “Gravity Gliding,” and explains, “it’s like an ode to ‘Astronaut’ and basically just saying I’m in space, no gravity, I’m just gliding through and I’m where I’m supposed to be.”
Check out Masked Wolf's full interview above.