7 Australian Hip Hop Artists To Watch In 2020
7 Australian Hip Hop Artists To Watch In 2020
Hip-hop from Australia is currently finding considerable international success with the likes of Hilltop Hoods, ChillinIt, Kerser and OneFour all breaking out beyond domestic market success to new audiences. With Australia’s The Kid Laroi also hitting mainstream success in America with his music featured on Lyrical Lemonade and working with the likes of Lil Tecca, Lil Skies, Lil Tjay and more, we take a look at the next top 7 artists to watch from Australia teetering on an international breakthrough in 2020.
HP Boyz (Melbourne)
The biggest group to truly emerge in the second half of last year was the HP Boyz trio of Onit, YJ and MWayz out of Melbourne. With a string of hit singles from their smash debut Blueprint to the below viral Engineers to Bad N Bouj to their most recent drop in Moves, HP Boyz have continually progressed. They sold out most of their 7-date international tour of New Zealand late last year and have played major festival shows and support slots throughout Australia, with a large and growing fanbase internationally already. A memorable live show coupled with releasing quality over quantity positions HP Boyz strongly for possible international success.
HP Boyz - Engineers
Hooligan Hefs (Sydney)
One of the most original sounds to develop out of Australia in recent years is Sydney’s Hooligan Hefs. Developing his sound since 2017, last year was really his breakout which saw half a dozen big singles released and several festival and major support slots including Tyga along with his own sold out tour. Hooligan Hefs crossover potential into EDM is massive and unique, expect for him to continuing to push his sound into new directions. A fan favorite whose energy transcends music and solidifies his true star power, it’s hard not to like his already iconic moves and language.
Hooligan Hefs - IYKYK
Sampa The Great (Sydney)
Recent 2x winner of the prestigious Australian Music Prize in both 2017 and 2019 , Sampa has been making waves for herself since the release of her debut project “The Great Mixtape” in 2015. She has since followed this up with two very strong projects in 2017’s mixtape “Birds And The Bee9” and her debut studio album in late 2019’s “The Return”. Drawing on influences including Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill and Mos Def amongst others, the talented and versatile Sampa has already toured domestically and internationally on her own accord significantly. As her fanbase continues to expand through continued quality releases, expect that to continue as she develops herself into an even more of a much sought-after Festival act as comfortable on the main stage as she is performing her own solo tours internationally as well as throughout Australia.
Sampa The Great – Final Form
LISI burst onto the scene in mid-October last year with his single debut “Say Less” that captivated significant attention throughout Australia and internationally from West Brisbane. He followed this great anticipation up successfully with the two singles “The Come Up” and “Got This” on either side of the New Year, before beginning to release music with his group Th4 W3St last month. With a groundswell of support throughout Brisbane already, he is likely to be able to tour internationally in the region in the near future as well as nationally post-COVID-19.
Lisi - Say Less
Youngn Lipz (Sydney)
Youngn Lipz burst onto the scene in late 2019 with a string of hit singles including the below Misunderstood, Silent, Otherside earlier this year and his most recent Lifestyle with DJ Discretion and the aforementioned Hooligan Hefs. Such a rapid rise has never before be seen at such a scale in Australia and Youngn Lipz has already found himself performing on the biggest of stages in the country and about to commence his own extended solo headline tour throughout Australia. His sound, along with HP Boyz and One Four, has the most natural sound that is likely to be easily absorbed smoothly internationally and if he continues with another hit or two with a notable international feature, 2020 could prove even faster than the last few months of 2019 for him.
Youngn Lipz -Misunderstood
The trademark rapid-fire delivery that Wombat has become known for has led him to selling out his own solo national tours and he has developed a cult like following that grows every week across Australia. With a stack of his own singles plus memorable collaborations with some of Australia’s best in Fraksha, ChillinIt, Nerve, Greeley and Scotty Hinds he has also been making inroads into the UK and continental Europe of late. With the release of an extended project on the near horizon, expect to see more big things coming up soon.
Wombat And Chillinit - Underrated
Testament to the age-old adage that hard work pays off, Complete has built a very strong following from the ground up over the last decade slowly but surely. With the successful release of his highly anticipated and eagerly awaited debut solo studio album last year Death Rattle on Warner Music, Complete seems to be levelling up yet again as he continues to expand his diverse catalogue to international audiences. With a bunch of hits already under his built and a nationally renowned live show, we can expect a follow up that will push him even further to new audiences.
Complete - Jordan
Words By BattleRap Writer