Sydney has long been associated with producing some of the country’s finest names in Australian hip hop and already, two months into the new year, we’ve been seeing some of the young guns and established dons of the genre kick into high gear.
Stellar shows and banging new releases already behind some of these names indicate a huge 2017 is still to come. If you haven’t already, get your head round these artists.
L-FRESH THE LION
We’ve been rocking with L-FRESH for some time now and he is well associated with the work A•STAR has done over the past year, but still, his is a name continuing to push the genre forward. Last year’s acclaimed album Become put L-FRESH further on the map and made hip hop fans think about the lyricism, planting the seeds of research into heads around the country.
L-FRESH has since followed up the hype with a string of wildly entertaining shows that have made him a name to behold. Festival dates have already been locked away (he’s playing WOMAD next), so we can’t wait to see where L-FRESH roars next.
The youngblood spitting rhymes and fusing some brilliant R&B production into the mix has some proclaiming B WISE to be our answer to Trey Songz or Drake. Confident and effortlessly talented, another member of the Elefant Traks family is B WISE and so we know that he is in great hands moving forward. His Semi Pro EP was a great taste of the smorgasbord of good things still to come.
The boys from the Blue Mountains only just released their new album in Everyone We Know and although it’s only being out for a minute, Thundamentals have been reaping in all the kudos. Rising to juggernaut status within the Australian hip hop industry, Thundamentals have continued to display a refined and matured sound, seen especially within their new material. With a huge album tour set to kick off in May – further details can be found at their website here.
Another group who’ve dropped a stellar album in recent weeks, Elefant Traks’ Horrorshow have consistently shown signs of boldness and stepping things up when it’s come to their musical output. New album Bardo State gets personal and shows off a deft display of brilliant production and lyricism shifts.
Between Adit and Solo, we have two of the country’s finest technical minds – whether they’re mixing it with the rest of the One Day crew or working on their own, Horrorshow produce music that remains accessible to any newcomer to their sound, while making sounds long term fans can be proud of.
SAMPA THE GREAT
Which brings us to Sampa. A shining light of honesty, vibrancy and eclecticism in 2016, the Sydney based artist is one name we’re watching closely as 2017 continues to play out. The Great Mixtape, released in 2015, launched Sampa’s name around the country and it wasn’t long before she became a must-see name at shows and festivals.
New music is on the way, not to mention initial ventures into the overseas market too; it’s not going to be long before Sampa The Great turns heads in the frenetic way she’s done at home, internationally.