6 Artists To Look Out For In 2018

2017 has been a huge year for a number of Hip-Hop artists in Australia, from Manu Crook$ and Carmouflage Rose, to Poppy Rose and Travy P, so we decided to put together a list of the six Australian artists we expect to blow up in 2018.


Following a promising 2016, Melbourne rapper François has taken his game to another level in 2017, after signing to Alt. Music Group and dropping two of the most feel-good, infectious Australian hits of the year.

His latest singles, LastDolla and GrowingPains, each lend a positive, happy-go-lucky vibe that we can’t wait to hear more of, and we have a feeling that over the next 12 months François will deliver something just as special, and legitimately blow up.


It’s hard to believe Devarn is just 18-years-old considering how polished and impressive his sound is. Seriously, this guy has the potential to do anything, and from where we’re looking, he will do exactly that in 2018.

With unbelievably smooth vocals and a steeze on the mic that is largely unmatched in Australia, Devarn will only build on what he’s achieved in 2017, reaching a different level in the coming year. We’re certain.


Freeds returned with a bang last month, dropping I’m Not Sure, a playful new jam that had the slick-lipped songwriter delivering relatable, introspective bars intertwined with some ultra-catchy and memorable melodies.

Despite a 12-month hiatus prior to the release of I’m Not Sure, Freeds hasn’t missed a beat, leaving us with nothing but excitement for what’s to come next from the multi-talented burn city-based artist.


Yet another Melbourne emcee on this list, Daniel Elia has been around for some time now, however, in October he dropped a new single, Visions, which really threw his name into the conversation for who’s next. Featuring a slick, nonchalant delivery, the budding rapper comes armed with a confident and charismatic aura that magnifies the personal nature of his lyrics.

With still a relatively young career, Elia has the chance to take his sound further as he improves on his already impressive foundations in 2018.


Perth rapper/producer Jose Halftime has gone to work this year, delivering two quality projects that each demanded attention from Hip-Hop fans around the country. His most recent effort, STICKUP, is undoubtedly one of the more spectacular projects to come from Australia in 2017. Jose self-produced the entire EP, without letting his pen game slip one bit.

Jose Halftime is an equally impressive writer as he is producer, and the next project he delivers could well and truly be the one that catapults his already promising career.


Sophiegrophy has backed up the 2016 drop of her debut mixtape Purpularity with a wildly productive 2017, which included signing to Melbourne-based record label WVS and delivering a breakout single just last week.

That single, Fa$t Life, features magnificent pop-influenced melodies that only add another string to the up-and-coming rappers already-breathtaking bow.  2018 will undoubtedly be huge for Sophie, so get on board now.

You can find these songs plus a bunch more of our favourites on our Fresh New Hip-Hop Spotify playlist HERE.


Written by Jarrod van der Staay

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