no place like home: five australian hip hop artists to support in 2017
Take it from us, these are the names you’ll want to remember.
Listened to ANTI one to many times? Impossible. Can't be done. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't branch out at least once a month. There are other things going on in the world of music, and while they may not have made it to this level yet, these acts are pretty damn good. Press play, you're welcome.
BLESSED is basically that guy from Catch Me if You Can. Not because he's a wanted criminal, but because he has many identities. When he's not rapping solo, he's producing under the moniker Miracle. His voice might already sound familiar, 'cause he delivered the brilliant hook on Manu Crook's Blowin' Up. This year, BLESSED says he's working on music "that blends pop, rock and rap." Our favourite track of his? Last year's big tune Insanity.
LiL BO WEEP
LiL BO WEEP can write a mean love song; i-D friend UV Boi covered her tear jerking track I Wrote This Song 4 U. The Adelaide artist also produces, raps and puts out the odd Soundclown — a winning trifecta. Her relentless Soundcloud output (a new every song a week) has earned her a pretty real fanbase, and her voice sounds more beautiful every listen. Here's her first-ever tune, which caught (and held) our attention.
Devarn is the cutest little hypebeast in Melbourne. He's 17, and tells us he's been rapping for two and a half years. Devarn can also draw and is extremely funny (see his IG), so we're fans all round. His latest tracks show tonnes of potential, and the charm's there already. Our favourite line is on a track called Double X: "She fell in love with Devarn/that's me!"
Toyotomi got his start in music super young, and "downloaded a mixtape from DatPiff every day" through school. He just turned 17, which probably makes him the freshest teenager in Perth. "There's a lot going on right now and I think doctors say boys don't stop growing till their 25," he asserts. There's an album on the way this year, and "I'm opening a world music and novelty store this month with some friends." Damn.
$AVAGE THE GURL
$AVAGE THE GURL is gonna become your favourite person on Instagram and Soundcloud: perfect bone structure plus a breezy voice. The Melbourne girl won us over with Fiji Water — those delicate hihats! — and we're thirsty for another tune (sorry to run with the aquatic theme). We can't wait to see where her production goes from here.
Collage Ben Thomson