Top 10 Hip-Hop Songs of 2016 (AUS)

Hip-Hop is developing at a rapid rate in Australia and 2016 was no exception, with young artists releasing an abundance of new music.

This is a list of the top 10 Hip-Hop songs to come from the young Hip-Hop artists killing it within Australia this year.

(Artists such as Allday, Seth Sentry & co. are not included in this list, as it’s shining light on the younger artists within Australia) 


Honourable mentions to Skrub, MarcusGMC, Beatrixx Kiddo, Kwasi, Killboy, Marksman Lloyd, Nico Ghost, ClueEleji, Mini CoopForbes & Turquoise Prince.


TOP 10

T-10. Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell – Nine Holes 

Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell are a rapper/producer duo hailing from the Gold Coast. Their alternative sound, which is heavily influenced by the likes of Kanye West and Travi$ Scott, has an important place within the new generation of Hip-Hop in Australia.

Nine Holes is the best song to come from the charismatic duo, with an eerie, auto-tuned chorus accompanied by verses that fuse effortlessly with the production.

“SEND YOUR WHOLE SQUAD AND I WON’T EVEN PIVOT” 

T-10. Carmouflage Rose – Dreams

Energetic young rapper Carmouflage Rose is doing exactly what needs to be done within the Australian Hip-Hop scene right now and Dreams encapsulates that.

Dreams fuses a trap beat with a sharp flow and hyped hook that highlights how the vibe and energy of a song can carry it completely, however, Rose also has many quotable bars throughout. Big things are on the horizon for Camouflage Rose following a successful 2016.

“THAT BIG MONEY, THAT RIC FLAIR, WOO”

9. Charlie Threads – Put Em’ Up (Fuckin Anthem) 

Charlie Threads is a young emcee coming out of Melbourne’s RawdiverCity crew, along with Baro, Marcus and friends. Palm Trees In Graveyards, Charlie Threads’ 2016 mixtape, is one of the best local releases in recent times, showing off the young rappers elite pen game.

Threads’ lead single for 2016, Put Em’ Up (Fuckin’ Anthem), flaunts crisp and coherent multi-syllable spitting over a hypnotising saxophone sample, beautifully showing off his ability to be a technical rapper whilst also constructing a solid song.

“IM PACKIN’ PUNCHES, YOU LITTLE FUCKERS IS PACKING LUNCHES” 

8. B Wise – No Questions

Storytelling done properly.

B Wise has had a massive 2016 and despite having supported huge names, such as Schoolboy Q, B Wise’s greatest achievement has been the release of No Questions.

Reminiscing on his youth, B Wise has this unique ability to make you listen to every word he is saying. Put this alongside the Sydney emcee flowing effortlessly with the electronic production and you have one of the best Hip-Hop songs to come out of Australia in 2016.

“THESE CRITICS AND BLOGS THEY IN LOVE WITH THE SOUND”

7. I AM D – Budget

I AM D is yet another Queenslander who has bridged the gap between quality lyricism and the new age sound of 2016 within Australia.

Budget includes hard-hitting, punchline driven verses that bleed into the trap-heavy chorus. I AM D oozes confidence throughout the duration of the song, pushing boundaries for himself and Hip-Hop in Australia.

“RAPPERS ALWAYS HIT ME UP LIKE THEY AIN’T GOT A BUDGET”

6. Ryland Rose – B.A.N.K

Ryland Rose has recently gained some traction, with the Melbourne emcee finding his niche within the Australian Hip-Hop scene. Melodic, tonal verses over electronic production, by JakeOnKeys, has become Ryland Rose’s sound in 2016, and it’s awesome.

B.A.N.K, although not Rose’s most popular song, is his best. Released for free with his mid-year mixtape Peaches, B.A.N.K has one of the best hooks of 2016 and vibrant production to go with it.

“INDEPENDENT AND LOVE IT, I KNOW YOU THINK WE’RE OUTNUMBERED”

5. DEX – Purple Flames

DEX collaborates with Killboy producer Stuart B in what is the young emcee’s most complete effort to date.

Purple Flames has DEX spitting fire over this incredible beat, however, it’s the chorus that’s the highlight of the song. The chorus will have you wanting to Molotov shit. Following the first grand hook, DEX then proceeds to rap one of the dopest verses on this list.

It’s time to stop talking about how young DEX is and it’s time to start talking about how good he is.

“RIGHT NOW I FEEL AMAZING, WHY THE FUCK Y’ALL HATING”

4. Gill Bates – Diamonds and Gold

Gill Bates came out with my favourite Australian song in 2015, with Didn’t Mind. In 2016, he backed it up with Diamonds & Gold, a single off his Less Stress, More Success EP.

A mysterious vibe surrounds this song, with rattling production and dark verses from Bates gradually reaching a climactic chorus that gets you feeling things. Good things.

Gill Bates is possibly my favourite young artist to come out of Australia and he did not let me down with Diamonds & Gold. TUNE.

“SHE SOLD HER HEART TO THE DEVIL, GLITZ AND THE GLAMOUR JUST FOR HER SOUL”

3. Manu Crook$ – Blowin’ Up (feat. Miracle)

*Enter pun about Manu Crook$ blowing up.* 

Manu Crook$‘ biggest hit thus far comes from his single Blowin’ Up, that features a chorus from Miracle and Dopamine on production. Crook$’ massive presence and booming, yet effortless, vocals on Blowin’ Up create this grand sound that has Manu Crook$ being played across the globe.

“I JUST DO IT BETTER THAN ALL THE PEOPLE THAT YOU SEE, BOY”

2. Midas.Gold – Work It Out

Midas.Gold is DOPE.

The flow of Midas.Gold is world class and the energy on Work It Out will have you vibin’ out by the time the first verse begins. Many memorable lines and melodies are spread throughout the near 4 minute song.

Work It Out, along with the rest of his eclectic catalogue of songs, has me confident that Midas.Gold is set to explode in 2017.

“MY DAD HE TOLD ME GO TO COLLEGE, GET YOUR PIECE OF PAPER, TOLD HIM I ALREADY GOT IT” 

1. Baro – wdubi (feat. Nasty Mars and Marcus)

Jazz, Soul & Hip-Hop.

Baro, Nasty Mars and Marcus, along with producer Nic Martin, have cooked up the best Australian song of 2016.

Baro has immense talent and in 2016 he put that beyond doubt with hits Fuck The Judge and wdubi (What Do You Believe In). wdubi is an uplifting track with feel-good vibes throughout. The jazz/gospel-influenced instrumental is as upbeat as it is uplifting, with Baro singing the catchiest hook of 2016. Yes, the catchiest of 2016. Out of anything.

Nasty Mars and Marcus also hold their own on the track, with their dope guest verses providing the song with even more flavour.

Baro and his crew are moving Australian Hip-Hop in a positive, new direction and it’s going to be fun to watch.

“I WILL ALWAYS FUCKIN’ LOVE YOU, WHITNEY HOUSTON ’92”


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