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Australian hip hop music began in the early 1980s. It was inspired by the original urban African-American and Chicano cultural movement.[1][2][3] Australian hip hop is an underground music scene with only a few commercial hits in the last decade. Albums and singles are released by mostly independent record labels, often owned and run by the artists themselves. Despite this, Australian hip-hop has a growing audience. It has developed into a solid, if diverse, local genre with a distinct Australian personality.[4]

History[edit]

Early years (1980s)[edit]

In 1982 the video for Malcolm McLaren's track, "Buffalo Gals", was shown on Australian television music show, Sound Unlimited, on Network Seven. The clip was staged in a Manhattan basketball court and featured images of graffiti and break dancers. This left an impression on Australian teenagers who started attempting the dance moves they saw.[5]

The first hip hop release in Australia may have been "Combined Talent" / "My Destiny", released in 1988 by Just Us (consisting of Maltese DJ Case and Mentor).[6]

In the late 1980s, former punk band turned hip-hop act, "Skippy the Butcher" recorded one 5 track EP; "Full Blown Rap" at the ABC studios in Elsternwick.[7]

Major label releases (1990s)[edit]

In the late 1980s, Sound Unlimited Posse became the first Australian hip hop group signed to a major record label (Sony BMG), releasing A Postcard from the Edge of the Under-side in 1992, the first major-label Australian rap album.[6] The group initially received some criticism for their instrumental style and commercial success, particularly from other Sydney-based hip hop outfits. In 1991 a local Sydney Rap Solo Artist, KIC, only 16 years old was signed to Sony/COLUMBIA records becoming the youngest to sign to a major label. His first single "Bring Me On" was an instant hit in Australia and reached the top ten charts in Singapore and Hong Kong in 1994. Also in 1992, the independent label Random Records released Def Wish Cast's album Knights of the Underground Table. After this there were a string of independent CDs and tapes released by various artists from the Western Suburbs of Sydney, an area traditionally regarded as working class, underprivileged, and crime-ridden, with a large population of immigrant inhabitants.[8]

1993 MC Opi aka Opi Nelson was an underground hip hop and Dancehall artist who rose to national prominence after her performance on Christine Anu (ARIA awardee) and Paul Kelly's (ARIA awardee) 1994 ARIA nominated single 'Last Train' released by Mushroom/EMI (White Label). MC Opi was the first female hip hop artist to receive national recognition in Australia. MC Opi and Christine Anu performed for the first Australian jail tour for NAIDOC (National Aboriginies and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week in 1993.

However, underground artists continued to play plenty of small live shows and release independent recordings.

Later years (2000s)[edit]

The hip-hop group 1200 Techniques from Melbourne was formed in 1997 by old school 80's Bboy/Aerosol artist DJ Peril, and consisted of himself on production/turntables/percussion, his brother Kem on guitar and N'fa from Perth on vocals. They released an EP in 2001 called "Infinite Styles" on independent labels Rubber Records and Street Elite Records. 1200 Techniques later released one of the first hip-hop crossover hits, a track called "Karma" (off the album Choose One), which spawned the first ARIA Award for a hip-hop act in Australia before there was a hip-hop category. They also won an ARIA the same year for Video Clip of the Year, as well as releasing the first hip-hop live DVD, titled "One Time Live". 1200 Techniques released their second album Consistency Theory, in 2003. They were amongst the first hip-hop groups to grace the big stages on the major festivals, such as the Big Day Out, before hip-hop bands were a regular sight. The group parted ways in late 2004. Some say that their success opened a lot of doors for the mostly rock band-dominated industry of the time.

Hilltop Hoods, an Australian hip-hop group, have been awarded several ARIA Music Awards

By the early 2000s (decade), the Australian Record Industry Association began to recognise the growth of interest within Australia and then in 2004 introduced a new category in their annual awards, 'Best Urban Release' (artists working primarily within the urban genre, e.g.: R&B, hip hop, soul, funk, reggae and dancehall). The inaugural award was won by Koolism for their album, Random Thoughts.[9] At the 2006 and 2007 Awards it was won by Hilltop Hoods for their album The Hard Road and its orchestral remix album The Hard Road: Restrung respectively.[10][11] The Hard Road also became the first Australian Hip Hop Album to take the No. 1 position in the ARIA Charts in 2006. In 2008 the ARIA Award was won by Bliss n Eso for their album Flying Colours.

In 2013, the Best Urban Release award was won by Melbourne artist Illy for his album Bring it Back, released through the independent Obese Records label.

Style and influences[edit]

Australian hip-hop artists were strongly influenced by Black and Latino rappers from the U.S., and incorporated those influences into their music.[12] Australian hip-hop artists may "revere" the African American and Chicano originators of hip-hop, but still use a unique, authentic style in their own music.[13] Like many hip hop scenes outside the United States, some Australian hip hop artists were also heavily influenced by funk and dancehall.[14] The culture of Indigenous Australian hip-hop artists is, for some, a strong influence on their music.[5][15]

In the United States hip hop artists are predominantly Black American, reflecting the art's African American origins. Possibly due to demographic differences, this contrasts with Australian hip hop artists, many of whom are white. Nevertheless, various Australian hip-hop artists including N'fa, Miracle, Vida Sunshyne, KillaQueenz, and Diafrix are of African descent, which in some cases influences their music.[16] Diafrix saw success touring Australia with international stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and their song "Running It" was adopted as the theme for the footy (AFL) team Western Bulldogs [17] That Australian hip-hop is used in sport, also seen when SBS advertised the Tour De France with a Hilltop Hoods tune,[18] is indicative of the genre's expansion into Australian public consciousness.

Bliss n Eso consists of an American and two Australians. According to Bliss, "When I [moved] to Australia [in 1992], I met Eso and he was the only guy at my school into hip-hop. It was so scarce you'd be lucky to find a hip-hop record in a store let alone a whole section."[19] Eso is seen here performing in 2011.

American Influence[edit]

U.S. artists cited as key inspirations by Australian hip-hop artists include Public Enemy,[3][20] A Tribe Called Quest,[21][22] and Nas.[21][23] Peak Aussie crew Hilltop Hoods commended Organized Confusion, Kraz and De La Soul as potentially composing their "ideal festival line up".[24]

In Australia, dance moves associated with hip hop, like locking and popping has been one of the main things that has drawn public interest in hip hop, and contributed to its popularity.[25] These dance moves have been criticised as not original and a sign that Australia suffers from not having a hip hop cultural identity of its own.[26]

More generally, the American influence in Australian music and film has actually made its biggest impact in the 21st century with the internet. The internet has made American film, music, language and fashion popular worldwide.[27]

Briggs has the name of his Indigenous tribe, the Yorta Yorta people, tattooed on his forearms "so every time I rock the mic people know I’m representing."[28]

Australian Identity[edit]

Although hip hop originated in the U.S. some Australian rappers see their hip hop scene as distinct, with its own unique character. Dialectrix has described it as a "mongrel mutation" of Afro-centric and Australian culture.[3] In the lyrics of Def Wish Cast it is "down under, comin' up."[5][29]

Australian hip hop has been localised with the use of the Australian accent, Australian slang, political views, references to localities, dealings with the Australian cultural identity, etc, as seen in the lyrics of early Western Sydney artists such as 046, Def Wish Cast and the White Boys. Additionally, the non-Anglo immigrants of theses areas were attracted to hip hop because it tackles the theme of racial opposition, as in African American and Chicano hip hop.[8] Australian hip-hop has been referred to as rich with Australian character, but also as inspiring for immigrants, providing "a voice and a purpose for those making their home anew in Australia."[16] For example, Diafrix use migrant experience in some of their songs, although this is not their main focus.[17] Many hip-hop artists have expressed concern that sections of Australia's hip-hop fanbase seem to espouse a redneck mentality which is ignorant of the Black and Latino influences Australian hip-hop is inspired by.[3][12]

As it progressed, Australian hip hop diversified, absorbing influences from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. For example, Def Wish describes his style as having been influenced by London reggae rather than North American rap, while acknowledging the Afro-Caribbean roots of that scene.[30]

Australian hip-hop may focus on the Aussie battler, jovial, larrikin lyrics and the heavy use of samples and sound bites.[citation needed] There are, however, many instances of artists and their works that use their lyrics to analyse and discuss society, politics and how Australian suburbia interacts with the Australian culture amongst other such subjects.[citation needed] A theme that is becoming more and more prevalent throughout the work of various Australian MCs is that of their individual emotional struggles and outlook throughout life.[citation needed]

Indigenous Australian Hip-Hop[edit]

Though not at the forefront of Australian hip hop scene, Aboriginal rappers such as Brothablack, the South West Syndicate, Local Knowledge, Lez Beckett and the Native Ryme Syndicate produce songs that address the situation of Indigenous Australians.[5][15] One of their musical influences is the American hip hop group Public Enemy.[20] Since the early 1980s, many crews have focused on their presentation in the eyes of their competitors, portraying their skills as better and their turf as tougher. Another performer is Munkimuk, he works around Australia on community educational hip-hop projects[15] such as 1999s Desert Rap with Brothablack from South West Syndicate and Morganics, organised with Tony Collins from Triple J, of which ABC TV made a documentary.[31] Munkimuk also hosts a nationally syndicated weekly radio program "Indij Hip Hop Show" produced from Koori Radio in Sydney.

Media exposure[edit]

Radio[edit]

The Australian hip hop scene/industry has numerous ways of how it is promoted and how it grows. The radio, particularly community radio, plays a huge role in the spread of hip hop in Australia as this is all explained in further detail below. As aforementioned, and according to Henderson April, in his article,[32] he outlines the fact that youth in Australia have had such a great impact on spreading hip hop, and one of the ways they do it is by adopting and incorporating new styles of music and dances they acquire from other countries or groups. The radio, internet radios and social network web pages are some of the sources or act as their libraries of information. Additionally, the Australian Government funds projects aimed at promoting Australian music nationwide. For example, among the above named sources, the later describes Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP), being a project funded by the federal government to promote music. Among the music promoted or among the genres of music aired on some of the federal Government funded radios is hip hop. The radio is additionally a crucial factor in the growth and spread of hip hop in Australia because it is easily accessed and affordable to have in Australia.

Radio stations[edit]

  • 3MDR (97.1FM) "The Bourne Collective" in Melbourne's Mountain District, hosted by Bastian Killjoy, Playing a variety of underground homegrown music as well as stylings from around the world including Electronic/ DnB/ Hip Hop and alternative. Tuesday nights from 11-1am. Also available via online streaming.
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Rob Farley on 3RRR "Wheels of Steel"
  • Melbourne's first dedicated hip hop radio show made its debut in the form of 3RRR's "Wheels Of Steel", hosted by British born Kieron Meyer. In the summer of 1987, the show was joined by and handed over to New Zealand born Samoan, Rob Farley. Wheels Of Steel would go on to become a groundbreaking and integral part of hip hop culture in Melbourne. 3RRR was the first radio station to present an international hip hop act to the city ( Run-D.M.C.'s 1987 Australian tour ), they took pride in highlighting international hip hop culture and embracing the local scene which gave birth to such artists as AKA Brothers. Wheels Of Steel also would go on to regularly feature guests such as DJ Peril, DJ Chase and DJ Con (AKA DJC), plus many prominent Melbourne graffiti artists, Breakers and MC's well into the early 1990s. The format of the show had a broad fan base and although it mainly focused on recent releases, Wheels Of Steel played classic hip hop tracks along with R&B and new jack swing. Along with the music, the show was also renowned for its "shout outs", callers saying hello to friends over the airwaves. Due to the shows vast exposure and popularity, Rob Farley was guest DJ and MC at various public events, festivals and venues.
  • In 1991, MC Opi co-produced the Triple J and ABC National Radio documentary 'Women on the Rhyme' which featured Shelly Thunders, Moana and The Moa Hunters, Charlene from Def Wish and other notable female hip hop artists. This introduced local hip hop artist and culture to ABC Radio and these local hip hop artists recorded their singles in ABC radio studios.
  • The early 1990s saw the rise of Melbourne's Chapel St based 89.9 KISS FM, a dance music station which began its own hip hop show "The Joint" featuring Rob Farley and DJ Peril. The show was established 1990 and ran until 1995. Soon to be Followed by 'Turnstyles' Hosted by then Melbourne Technics DMC champions Kuya and J-red, often mixing on up to 6 turntables live.
  • Later in Melbourne radio station 106.7 3PBSFM featured the radio show Steppin' 2 da A.M with DJ Krisy the show ran for over 5 years and featured almost the entire Australian hip hop scene including regular dj Spots by DJ Ransom,DJ FX and many more.
  • Also in Melbourne after Steppin 2 da A.M ended was a show called The Formula with hosts Stewbakka, Bias B and DJ FX that run for many years, when 'The formula' show ended the Hosts started a show at 3RRR Triple R called 'Werdburner' with Hosts Stewbakka and Bias B.
  • On 3PBSFM in Melbourne was a show called Hitt'n Switches with hosts Reason, Pegz, Minas, Newsense and DJ FX on the Turntables this show ran for many years and had a strong following with many Australian hip hop artists doing interviews and live to air freestyles.
  • 3PBS Still hosts 2 hip hop show's with 'Rampage' hosted by Zack covering oldshool hip hop from the beginnings of 1979 until the golden era of the late 1980s and early 1990s as well as 'Hippopotamus Rex' with Ronan that covers hip hop world wide.
  • Iconic Melbourne radio station Triple R featured the dedicated hip-hop program "Wordburner" for many years, replacing it in 2007 with Son Zu and Doc Felix's program "Top Billin". Additionally, Gavan Purdy's long-running program "Can You Dig It" features a substantial hip-hop component.
  • Influential youth radio station Triple J introduced the Hip Hop Show, a weekly program initially hosted by Nicole Foote, then rapper Maya Jupiter and now (2008) by Hau from Koolism (broadcast on Mondays, 10pm to 1am).
  • In Tasmania, Launceston station City Park Radio (7LTN) featured the weekly hip hop show Ghettoblast, which was begun in 1985 by Ben Little and John Robin. It continued for about 17 years, manned by a rotating crew of devotees including Karl Walker, Chris Ikin, Nathan "Nufe" Collinson, Shane "Large B" Brown, Kingy, DJ D-Swift, Dice, Dready, Bust One and others. Before it ceased in 2002, Ghettoblast was for many years considered the longest running hip hop show in Australia. (Brisbane's Phat Tape has since taken over that honour). Meanwhile, in Hobart, J Robin and P Bourke had a dance music show on 7THE called Black Satin & Plastic in the mid-late 1980s, which featured a lot of hip hop. In 1988, Dope DJ Double D (later DJ D-Swift), inspired by Black Satin & Plastic, started occasional midnight-to-dawn hip hop shows on 7THE, before starting the weekly Live from the Terrordome in 1989, which lasted 2–3 years.
  • The Edge (96.1 FM) in Sydney plays primarily hip hop and R&B, with a segment called 'The Tasman Connector' hosted by Ksera showcasing Australian and New Zealand hip hop and has the only nightly Urban countdown 'Ksera & The Dirty Dozen' winner of the 2006 UMA for best urban radio show. In 2009 Australian Radio Network who own The Edge 961 acknowledged the urban audience not being serviced by commercial radio and launched on-line Kseraradio.com which streams 24/7 via the website and simulcasts on The Edge from 9pm seven nights a week (changing to 4-6pm from 2010). The Edge 961 is the only commercial radio station in Australia to play predominantly urban music. As of July 2009, The Edge is on digital radio in Melbourne, Adelaide & Brisbane, under the name of "Edge Digital", however Ksera's show is not broadcast on Digital.
  • 2SER (107.3FM) in Sydney has a weekly program, "Droppin Science", which features hip hop from 1979 to the present day.[33] 2SER was also home to The Mothership Connection which lasted over a decade until 2003, initially hosted by Miguel D'Souza then Mark Pollard with Crazy Mike, Size 13 and Myme also contributing.
  • More recently Big Dave has been hosting episodes of Jailbreak on 2SER playing Aussie hip hop recorded by Australian prison inmates.
  • 4ZZZ (102.1 FM) in Brisbane has a weekly program, "Phat Tape", every Friday from 8pm until 10pm. Phat Tape is the longest running hip hop radio show in Australia, current hosts are Chubba Dubbed, Complex, Dj Dcide and Sean B.
  • Three D Radio (93.7FM) in Adelaide, South Australia, currently runs two hip hop programs, "Permanent Midnight" Fridays 4-5pm, & "Best Kept Secret" Friday nights from 7:30-9pm, both shows showcasing both classic and fresh out the box hip hop, from local and overseas artists. Recently the shows have featured live interviews and freestyles from the likes of Percee P, Evidence, M-Phazes, Cypress Hill, Kool Keith, Paris, Montage One, T-Kash, DJ True Justice, K.E.V., Dialect & Despair, Social Change,Taylor Made Tactix, Delta, Motion, Pagen Elypsis, Adroit Effusive & C-Rayz Walz.
  • Fresh FM (92.7FM) in Adelaide has a show called "The Lesson" a weekly underground hip hop show hosted by DJs Sanchez and Osyris every Tuesday from 10-12pm.
  • Scratch fm started in 86 perth's first hip hop radio show, started off with Mc Sugar Ray Quartz, DJ Tripple Dee and DJ Double K, then DJ Cut Nice and DJ Jay Dee took over in 88 till 94.
  • RTRFM (92.1FM) in Perth, has two weekly hip hop programs, "All City" Friday nights from 11pm-1am which covers hip hop and beats from around the world and "Down Underground" which features local and Australia hip hop.[34]
  • SYN (90.7FM) in Melbourne has one show, StrictlyOZ , which is a 100% Australian HipHop Show hosted by Cook, Big Dip & Lil Marc playing the best of Australian HipHop, First went to Air 30 September 2009. Big Dip joined in 2012. Discussing HipHop News and Gigs & Tours & Interviews, recently had ( Brad Strut, Diafrix, Phrase, Downsyde & Pez & 360, Bliss N Eso, Bias B, Maundz, Funkoars, Remi, All Day, Illy). Every Wednesday night from 10pm. Recently in 2011 StrictlyOZ HipHop show has moved stations to 89.9 KISS FMevery Sunday night from 7:30-9:00 playing 100% Australian HipHop.
  • Radio Metro (105.7FM) on the Gold Coast, Queensland has a weekly hip hop and R&B radio show called Mixtape Mondays hosted by local producers, The Architects,[35] that focuses on playing American urban music, as well as exposing Australian hip hop artists and DJs.
  • JACradio (jacradio.com.au), the University of Queensland's student-run digital radio station, features "The 4 Elements",[36][37] a weekly hip hop show. The show is hosted by Journalism student and hip hop enthusiast Taj Davis and plays hip hop from around the world, but focuses primarily on Brisbane and Australian based artists.
  • 2VOX-FM, a community radio station in Wollongong, NSW, had a long-running Hip Hop show called "The Big Payback" that was launched in 1990 by Hadjir Naghdy and local Wollongong hip hop identity, MC Skoop. The show went to air on Sat nights from 8 to 10pm before switching to a Tuesday night. It focused on both international and local Australian acts. A variety of presenters followed until it was removed from the programming schedule in 2010.
  • Perth's first hip hop radio show was Scratch FM on 100 FM from 1987 till 1992, started by Sugar Ray Quartz and Double K with Triple D, Maze83, Jaydee Fresh, Silk and many others.[citation needed]

Television[edit]

The first appearance [38] of an Australian hip hop act on Australian Television was in November 1988 when Skippy The Butcher performed live on the ABC's "The Factory" connected to the Run DMC tour. The first Australian hip hop documentary, Basic Equipment, was made in 1996 and released in 1997. It was narrated by Paul Westgate (aka Sereck) from Def Wish Cast and examined the Sydney hip hop culture. The documentary was made by Paul Fenech (creator of SBS' Pizza series). It featured MC Trey, Def Wish Cast, DJ Bonez, DJ Ask and more.[39]

In the 1990s, MC Opi aka Opi Nelson was a reporter (the first female hip hop artist to receive national recognition) for SBS TV's alternative music and arts show 'MC Tee Vee' which was notable for being the first national Australian music program dedicated to dance, rap and house music.

http://www.hiphoptvonline.com Hip Hop TV is the longest running urban music TV show in the country. Debuting on TVS, Sydney community TV Ch 31 back in 2005, it was already ahead of its time. With Hip Hop TV created as a platform for new local talent and as a business model like no other, continuing on community TV was not an option. Hence the show moving to a online platform with the freedom of expanding and entering to different parts of the music industry. By also catering for international acts, this expands our local audience and in-turn increases the exposure our local talent in Australia desperately need.

Hip Hop TV company culture prides itself on a passion for the art form in general and committed team members who take initiative with a keen attitude, and actively represents Hip Hop TV in the most engaging and professional manner. As industry leaders, our goal is to continually exceed and over deliver on all creative content in order to maintain our position in the marketplace and uphold reputations. Over 400 interviews and exclusives completed to date with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop.

In August 2006, the ABC program Compass showed a documentary entitled The Mistery [sic] of Hip Hop which explored the cultural movement and popularity of hip hop in Australia. The film followed one of the "founding fathers" of the Sydney Hip-Hop scene Matthew "Mistery" Peet. Mistery works full time as graffiti artist and is also emcee/rapper in the group Brethren. The 28 minute documentary looked at the "four elements of hip hop": breakdancing, DJing, rapping, and graffiti. It featured interviews from the then host of Triple J's hip-hop show Maya Jupiter, the other half of the group Brethren: Wizdm and DJ Kool Herc.[40][41]

In December 2007, ABC Television aired the documentary Words from the City, which included interviews with a number of high profile Australian hip hop artists from around the country including: Hilltop Hoods, Koolism, Downsyde, TZU, MC Layla, Bliss n Eso, MC Trey, Wire MC and Maya Jupiter.[42]

Film[edit]

In 2004, independent film-maker Oriel Guthrie debuted her documentary Skip Hop at the Melbourne International Film Festival. The film includes live footage of freestyle battles and prominent gigs around Australia, as well as interviews with Def Wish Cast, DJ Peril, Hilltop Hoods, Koolism, Blades of Hades, Maya Jupiter, The Herd and Wicked Force Breakers.[43]

Out4Fame presents 2003 MC Battle For Supremacy was the first (documented) national MC tournament and was responsible for kick starting the careers of many MCs across Australia. The following year MCs were invited to enter the tournament for the chance to compete in New Zealand. MCs who have competed in Battle For Supremacy tournaments include Weapon X, 360, Anecdote, Nfa, Justice, Dragonfly, Robby Bal Boa, Kaos, Tyna, Surreal, Cyphanetics, Delta. Oriel Guthrie also documented the 2004 and 2005 events and released them on DVDs. MC Justice went on to win the 2005 Scribble Jam MC Battle, USA. The first Australian to win the competition

Publications[edit]

Australia has one of the oldest hip hop magazines in the world,[44] Vapors (1988), put together by Blaze (who also established the first hip hop shop in Sydney). Other notable zines include Hype (a pre-eminent graffiti magazine with a worldwide following through the late 1980s and 1990s) it was the first full colour graffiti magazine in the world, Zest, Raptanite, Arfek, Damn Kids, Artillery, Blitzkrieg, Slingshot and others. The first full colour hip hop magazine in the Southern Hemisphere was Stealth Magazine. It debuted in 1999 and has published over 14 issues since, and was distributed worldwide via Tower Records.

Following the popular Out4Fame: Battle For Supremacy tournaments, Out4Fame Magazine was launched as a free publication. Although the magazine achieved limited success within the local scene copies of the magazine soon became collectors items as the tournaments gained popularity. Out4Fame Magazine was later relaunched as Out4Fame presents ACCLAIM Magazine, later to simply become ACCLAIM Magazine which is currently distributed throughout Australia as well as in other countries including New Zealand, Singapore, the UK among others .

With Out4Fame being removed from the free publication market this created a gap for a new publication to be founded & Australia soon saw the release of the first Peak Street Magazine (Issue Zero). Peak Street Magazine has since released two further issues but have yet to put out another issue since mid-2008.

There is one logo that was created and used on nearly everything released early up till now and many dont know where it comes from. The support australian hip hop logo was created by Todd Durant as an appreciation for the music he loved at a time where noone loved it but a small few.People use this logo without even knowing the story behind it. Say thanks to the unknown artist when ya use it on ya flyers

Online[edit]

The longest running, and most frequented Australian hip hop internet forums is OzHipHop.com[citation needed], which has been operational since 2002. Started by Sydney's MASS MC, it built on the work of Mish, whose original board ran in the 1990s. The annual OzHipHop Internet forum Awards have run for ten years, recognising the best local hip hop acts as voted by members.

www.allaussiehiphop.com Is Australia's leading hip hop new's & information website. It has been running since June 2009. This website has all the latest news, downloads, upcoming releases, interviews, premiere's, reviews, style profiles and more. allaussie hip hop was founded by Jim Steps, who also hosts the aahhRadio podcast, Australia's number 1 hip hop podcast. aahhRadio has featured guests such as Mixmaster Mike of the Beastie Boys, Hilltop Hoods, 360, Illy, Kerser, Jonwayne, Doc Brown, Atmosphere and many more. aahhRadio is currently in it's second season. allaussie hip hop was recently ranked #48 in Style Of Sounds top 100 Most Influential Music Publications around the world. Jim Steps was announced as 2011's hip hop journalist of the year on the annual internet forum awards. 'By the fans, for the fans'.

Nuerahiphop is a network of social media and websites showcasing the latest Australian Hip Hop. Songs, Mixtapes and albums are regularly updated and streaming audio as well as mp3 downloads are available. This site is a bandwagon site. Support the scene before ya take from it h.y . about nuerahiphop

www.ozhiphopshop.com.au One of the best places to source the latest information and products from the Australian hip hop scene.They have a very strong fan base in the underground circles and have spent the last few years supporting and building the culture physically through sponsoring and organising multiple events/tours and open mics all across Australia.They are not limited to just the music side of hip hop but cater for all elements of hip hop which include graffiti,djing,breakdancing and are very influenced on the whole culture not just music. ozhiphopshop.com.au have regularly updated articles and interviews from some of the leading artists that are wellknown or unknown across the industry. The site is dedicated solely to Australian hip hop. They sell the latest cd,vinyl,clothing,digital,art. The site is always up to date on local gigs happening across Australia including heaps of competitions to win tickets to gigs or artist merchandise. They have a massive social media presence that is used to promote upcoming gigs and to share the latest of releases.

http://www.hiphoptvonline.com Hip Hop TV is the longest running urban music TV show in the country. Debuting on TVS, Sydney community TV Ch 31 back in 2005, it was already ahead of its time. With Hip Hop TV created as a platform for new local talent and as a business model like no other, continuing on community TV was not an option. Hence the show moving to a online platform with the freedom of expanding and entering to different parts of the music industry. By also catering for international acts, this expands our local audience and in-turn increases the exposure our local talent in Australia desperately need.

Hip Hop TV company culture prides itself on a passion for the art form in general and committed team members who take initiative with a keen attitude, and actively represents Hip Hop TV in the most engaging and professional manner. Our goal is to continually exceed and over deliver on all creative content in order to maintain our position in the marketplace and uphold reputations. Over 400 interviews and exclusives completed to date with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop.

Notable artists[edit]

Record labels[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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