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  • 7 Australian Hip Hop Artists To Watch In 2020

    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 (Brisbane)

    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

     

    Wombat (Tasmania)

    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

     

    Complete (Perth)

    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



     
  • Gig News! Zoo Twilights - Sampa The Great + Remi Supported By Thando

    Gig News! Zoo Twilights - Sampa The Great + Remi Supported By Thando

    Zoo Twilights - Sampa The Great + Remi Supported By Thando Event Flyer

    An artist in every sense of the word, Sampa The Great is one of the world’s most soulful rappers. Motivated by “a search for creativity, laughter, purpose and rhythms”, the poet and neo-soul performer is blessed with the ability to weave dense, lyrical mazes with her verses. The instant she takes to the stage you’ll know why she took home the prestigious Australian Music prize for her debut record, ‘Birds and the Bee9’.

    Performing before Sampa The Great on the Twilights stage are Remi – the project of rapper Remi Kolawole and producer Sensible J – whose track “For Good” she contributed dreamy guest vocals to. With impressive lyrical skills blended with sophisticated production, Remi can be relied on to deliver an incredible live show.

    Joining them is Thando, a commanding soul singer who represents the rising talent brewing in Melbourne at the moment. A mesmerising performer with a genre-bending sound, Thando also contributed her deft lyrical skill to Remi’s 2018 single “My People”.

    These innovative artists are clearly on the same wavelength. Watching them work their magic on the Twilights lawn will be a must-see event.

    All proceeds help Zoos Victoria fight to save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction.

    This event is made possible through the generous support of our Presenting Partner AGL Energy and Media Partner Triple R - 3RRR 102.7FM.

    Venue: Melbourne Zoo

    Address: Elliott Ave, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000

    Tickets: $63.50 From Moshtix

    Date: 5:30pm, Fri 1 February, 2019

     
  • New Zealand's Raiza Biza and Melbourne's Hip Hop Front Runner REMI Drop New Ep "Black Hole Sun"

    New Zealand's Raiza Biza and Melbourne's hip hop front runner REMI Drop New Ep "Black Hole Sun"

    Raiza Biza x REMI Black Hole Sun EP

    New Zealand's Raiza Biza and Melbourne's hip hop front runner REMI today share their new EP Black Hole Sun via their respective imprints Low Key Source and House of Beige Records. With the record's beat-making in the hands of Detroit’s legendary hip hop and production maestro Black Milk, the 6-track masterpiece flows between infectious grooves and features from the likes of Sampa the Great and Baro. Ahead of their upcoming Australia & New Zealand tour, the collaboration are also treating fans to the wild visuals for debut single “Runner” ft. Baro.

    The impeccable release absorbs all the free flowing vocals and dynamic production afforded by the lineup of cross-nation collaborators, making for a melting pot of hip-hop and soul visions in one stunning reel of beats. Recent track “Runner” ft. Baro gave the first taste from the team; a high tempo, beat driven hip hop track electrified by dancing production from Black Milk, slick lyrics and cheeky verses from Melbourne friend Baro. Dropping the knees to a lower body groove, “Jiggy” expels deep bass strums to drive formidable vocals, backed by the smooth rhymes of Sampa the Great for a spine-tingling track and a force to be reckoned with. Stepping behind the mic for the feverous “Freeman”, Black Milk joins Remi and Raiza for a stunning marriage of hip hop vocals atop a slowed down beat, explosive bass hits and spiralling keys.

    “Livestock” sees a refrain from special guests for a perfect homage to the chemistry behind the REMI and Raiza partnership, embodied in flowing vocals and blissful harmonies beside Black Milk’s ascending beats you can’t help but shimmy along to. “P.O.M.” continues the killer showcase of collaborative vocals while Black Milk curates yet another undeniable deep groove that slides into the finale in “Genesis”. A thought-provoking and powerful speech sustained by rolling production and defiant rhymes delivered once again by Sampa the Great, the track is a seamless sign-off to the record.

    Accompanying the new EP is the video for recent sensation “Runner”, following the late night escapades of Remi, Raiza and Baro, plus a cameo from Remi's long-time musical collaborator (and half of REMI) Sensible J, who mixed the record at House of Beige Studios.

     

     

    In celebration of the EP Remi and Raiza Biza will be bringing their new record in its entirety live to select stages in both their home countries this November. Kicking off on Friday November 9 on REMI’s home turf at Melbourne Northcote Social Club, the boys will then head to Sydney's iconic The Lansdowne Hotel on Friday November 16. They will next venture to Caroline in Wellington on Friday November 23 to meet Raiza Biza’s national fans, before wrapping up at Auckland’s Neck of the Woodson Saturday November 24. Fans can also catch Remi with his full live band at Southern Comfort’s multi-stage party Southern Sounds, hitting Sydney on Saturday December 8.

    Remi is firmly placed at the top of Australia’s soul and hip hop spectrum, having performed sold-out headline tours across Europe & Australia as well as shared the stage with the likes of Joey Bada$$Danny Brown & De La Soul. Hamilton based Kiwi-Rwandan rapper Raiza Biza has also seen global success, taking his captivating storytelling to stages across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. No strangers to collaboration, with Remi backing up on a remix track for Raiza's "Strong Woman". Their guest vocalists have also long been part of the family, with Remi and Sampa each featuring on one another's latest records as well as Sensible J's debut solo release "Fire Sign".

    Needing little introduction since rising as a young hip hop star, Detroit visionary Black Milk made his first major mark on the industry with his work on Slum Village’s records before going on to work with the likes of J. DillaDanny BrownRZABlack Thought (The Roots), and Pharoahe Monch. Now signed to Nas’ record label Mass Appeal Records, where his latest multi-genre masterpiece FEVER was released, the prolific producer and rapper continues to expand on his acclaimed and diverse portfolio now with this new collaborative gem that will keep you moving with each and every listen.

    TRACKLISTING:

    1. Runner Feat. Baro
    2. Jiggy Feat. Sampa The Great
    3. Freeman Feat. Black Milk
    4. Live Stock 
    5. P.O.M. (Piece Of Mind)
    6. Genesis Feat. Sampa The Great

     

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