Aussie Hip Hop

Consisting of stylised rhythmic sounds and rhyming speech (commonly known as rap), hip hop music was formed in the 1970s and is deeply rooted in African American culture. This genre of music took form during a time when block parties were gaining popularity in the Bronx, particularly with African American youths. Sampling technology and drum machines propelled its evolution, with turntablist techniques paired in harmony with instrumental and synthesised beats. Hip hop grew exponentially in the 1980s, at which time it was no longer confined to the United States. By this time, not only did the sound of hip hop become more diverse and complex, but countries around the world began adopting hip hop to go with lyrics in their local language.

In Australia, the hip hop scene flourished in the early 2000s. Prominent Aussie hip hop artists include All Day, Diafrix, Tkay Maidza, and Miracle. Most recently, Tkay Maidza has been nominated for the international BET Awards.

Australian Hip Hop Bands

In the United States, hip hop was the best selling genre in the 1990s and through the 2000s, and continues to enjoy immense popularity today. Locally, it wasn't until 2003 that Australian hip hop bands began to achieve widespread success. Hilltop Hoods received platinum certification from ARIA with their 2003 release 'The Calling' and continued to receive numerous ARIA awards in the following years.

Australian hip hop bands offer a distinctive sound, where rapping is done in the local accent and the lyrical focus is on their own lifestyles and social issues in their own backyards. Within hip hop, you'll also find subgenres that include trap, instrumental hip hop, conscious / political hip-hop, and trip hop – all boasting passionate fan bases.

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