2018 has far-and-away been the best year ever for Hip-Hop in Australia, and here are our TOP 100 tracks of the year.
With only one song per artist being eligible to make the list, scroll below and check out the very best Australia has to offer.
Keep up to date with the countdown as it happens here on this article, or over on our Instagram or Spotify – You can stream the Top 100 HERE
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101. [FAN VOTE] ALI. – SNAP
Winning the wildcard fan vote and kicking off our countdown is rising Melbourne R&B star ALI., with her fiery debut single Snap.
100. FRAKSHA – LEVEL UP (ft. ALEX JONES)
Australian grime legends Fraksha and Alex Jones link up on the slick cut Level Up taken off Fraksha’s brand new project Still Out Here.
99. KYMIE – NEEDS
Coming with a slew of flows and a tidal wave of attitude, there was no way Needs wasn’t going to find itself in our Top 100 for the year.
Kymie is for real.
98. 6K MAFIA – JUST (CASH IN)
Perth crew 6k Mafia brought the heat on their fam affair Just (Cash In).
97. FLYE – PHANTOM
Flye has long been on our radar as a skilled emcee and songwriter, and his best work to date came in the form of Phantom.
96. ISAAC PUERILE – KAOWS
Isaac Puerile found his sound in ’18, and that sound is one that is as honest as it is ground-shaking, as shown on KAOWS.
95. DEFRON – SACRE-COEUR
Defron is a veteran emcee out of burn city who elevated his game this year, with the distorted guitar, blunt melodies and trademark bars of Sacre-Coeur earning spot number 95.
94. CHEVY LEVETT – INSTAGIRL
Instagirl was a pop-infused turn for Chevy Levett, who has long been making waves off the back of his cut-throat lyricism – and that turn paid dividends – as Chevy took out the Extra Support Act’s competition, landing him a set at the ARIA’s awards week earlier this year.
93. J. LOVE – IT IS WHAT IT IS
Burn city’s own J. Love performed some lyrical acrobats on his slick, introspective cut It Is What It Is.
92. AIRPORTS – CHEDDAR
Central Coast emcee’s Savilian and Ruku linked with super producer x singer Airports for a gritty, trash-the-house banger Cheddar.
91. MISTAH MEZ – YOU (ft. KENNYON BROWN)
Mistah Mez puts in work and does numbers consistently off the back of his catchy R&B records, and once again he delivered with You, featuring Kennyon Brown.
90. RARI – SUGAR
As groovy as they come, RARI’s Sugar is a sweet, soulful masterclass in songwriting.
89. TEE ELISHHA – EVERYDAY (ft. NVSTY MILITIA)
Tee Elishha combines with Nasty Militia on the colourful trap banger Everyday.
88. LAZY J – MAKE MONEY NOT FRIENDS (ft. POETIK)
Lazy J backed up a monumental 2017 return with an equally impressive 2018, which included his smoothest record to date, Make Money Not Friends.
87. HVNCOQ – UNUSUAL
Melbourne-based rapper Hvncoq’s silky, mellow single Unusual was the pick of his self-titled EP
86. IIICONIC – PLANS
Loveable Brisbane rapper x producer iiiConic pulled up to 2018 with a host of hits, including Plans.
85. TURQOUISE PRINCE – ERIC BANAS
Turquoise Prince brought an electric energy in his bar-heavy cut Eric Banas.
84. TEE NOAH – OMW
Brisbane’s Tee Noah had a year that was as consistent as any, delivering a handful of singles as well as an 8-track project Little T.
OMW, taken off of that project, was the pick of the bunch.
83. SOPHIYA – WHITE IVORY
Sophiya puts on a clinical performance on the mic with White Ivory, in what is a fierce and unashamed debut.
82. ZEKIEL – WRITING AWAY
A natural songwriter, ZEKIEL shone with his official debut release Writing Away, lacing the gritty production with airy melodies and succinct, slick verses.
81. MIKE WANG – COME MY WAY
Mike Wang had so many hits this year, including Drip, Control and For You, although it was the feel-good dancehall infused jam Come My Way, which got stuck in our head the most.
80. RAJ MAHAL – SINCLAIR FORD FREESTYLE
Featuring booming vocals and concise wordplay, SINCLAIR FORD FREESTYLE is as slick as they come from Boston-born, Sydney-based emcee Raj Mahal. Expect 2019 to be huge for the adopted Aussie.
79. ALPHAMAMA – 3×11
With shades of old-school R&B, splashes of pop influences and a hearty Hip-Hop flow, 3×11 is the compelling new tune from ALPHAMAMA.
78. RYLAND ROSE – THRILLS
Taken off his 2018 album DORK, Thrills features a charismatic Ryland Rose alongside the classy production of JakeOnKeys that we’ve become accustomed to in recent years. Dream team.
77. JOSE HALFTIME – TOMB RAIDER
On the stage and in the booth, Jose Halftime is one of the West’s most imposing figures. Don’t believe it? Bump his recent heater Tomb Raider and then catch him performing live in the 6k.
76. DOS BOY – CREDIT CARD
Dos Boy is always coming through with eclectic and at times enigmatic vibes, this year there was nothing from him that hit as hard as Credit Card, which is accompanied by some beautiful Hoodwolf visuals.
75. DANIEL ELIA – I KNOW IT VERY WELL
Outlining racial profiling and the targeting of ‘African Gangs,’ Daniel Elia’s I Know It Very Well paints an honest portrait of Melbourne, all the while incorporating splashes of soul and gospel for what is a smooth 3-minute cut.
74. MARTIAN – YESTERDAY
Buttery melodies and bubbly, pop-fused production places Martian’s joyous cut Yesterday at 74 on our top 100 songs of the year.
73. YIBBY – WOAH
Ethiopian-Australian rapper YIBBY appears on this list with his impressive debut single, WOAH. WOAH features an idiosyncratic, racing style that is reminiscent of the likes of Chance The Rapper or Andre 3000.
72. CLUE – B SIDE
Clue worked hard in 2018, dropping a comedy EP alongside a slather of singles and features. The most impressive of the lot, however, was his pop-rap single B Side, produced by PachiSquid.
71. 3K – WOOF!
Representing the ‘burbs of Melbourne, 3K are the dynamic Hip-Hop group that are setting themselves up to take over on a grand scale in 2k19, following a successful ’18 which included the drop of WOOF!.
70. SAMPA THE GREAT – ENERGY
Energy was Sampa The Great’s only release this year – following the biggest year of her career to date – and the jazzy, sax-laden single was a phenomenal follow-up to her Birds and the BEE9 project. Expect Sampa to dominate 2019.
69. NERVE – WHERE YOU BEEN (ft. CHILLINIT)
Two of the countries best and most charismatic lyricists combine on the grimey banger, Where You Been.
68. BRANDON STØNE – MAC (ft. OLIVE AMUN)
Brandon Støne was a breakthrough artist this year, coming through with a serge of new music that continued to build as the calendar year went on, culminating in his most successful piece to date, Mac – featuring Olive Amun.
67. ELEJI – PARANOID
Introspective, honest and a huge vibe. Paranoid was Eleji’s first release in what was a busy 2018.
MAN I LOVE ANIMALS SO I PUT WAY TOO MUCH TRUST IN THE DOGS.
66. YOUNG JAYCEE – BECAUSE IT’S SUMMER
Bursting on to the scene this year was the multi-talented Young Jaycee, who sounded most at home on his bright and infectious anthem Because It’s Summer.
65. CULT SHOTTA – BOOMIN (ft. REESE LA FLARE)
Cult Shotta link with rising Atlanta star Reese La Flare on the snappy, playful cut Boomin.
64. POPPY ROSE – LOST
Poppy Rose followed up her phenomenal debut single Ocean with yet another unbelievably emotive effort, this time in the form of Lost.
63. I AM D – REINVEST
I AM D had a relatively quiet 2018 by his busy standards, although his first (of two) drops of the year – Reinvest – stood tall throughout the year. Banger.
62. T$OKO – YOLA
Yola is the fast-paced Hip-Hop heater from Perth spitter T$oko, who has long been poised as an artist we believe will blow up on a grand scale, sooner rather than later. T$oko has a lot up his sleeve in 2019, believe that – but for now, enjoy this summer vibe.
61. IVAN OOZE – DESERVE
Ivan Ooze released two singles this year, each serving as polar opposites – one a grimey party cut, and the other? Deserve, an introspective, insightful and honest record.
60. MANSA THE LEGEND – SOME TYPE OF WAY
Mansa The Legend continues to build and broaden his sound, and Some Type Of Way is the afrobeat fusion that was his best to date.
59. DYLAN JOEL – DONE WITCHU
Dylan Joel went in on the single-front this year, defying genre’s, styles and boundaries as he’s so often done for the past 5 years. Done Witchu gave us a fire spittin’ DJ that we couldn’t get enough of.
58. K21 – DEAD EM THEN DANCE
Golden Era signee K21 spoiled us this year, dropping an album and an EP of ‘throwaways’. The pick of the bunch came from that EP, with Dead ‘Em And Dance fusing bold production with brazen, technical lyricism.
57. ALLDAY – WONDER DRUG
Allday is on the brink of dropping a new album, and what we assume to be the first single off that project – Wonder Drug – didn’t disappoint, with the beloved songwriter giving us an indrawn, brooding look through his perspective.
56. ZIGGY RAMO – A TO Z
Ziggy Ramo brought an infectious groove on his bouncy single A to Z.
55. SOWDY – COORDINATE
Coordinate has Perth artist Sowdy bouncing around some turbulent self-production with chaotic flows that are as impressive as they are imposing.
54. W3 WERE HERE – DON’T THINK ABOUT IT
W3 Were Here are a three-piece supergroup consisting of Perth emcee’s Alex Ford and Coin Banks, alongside Croatian producer Koolade, and their opening single Don’t Think About It was as good as any debut release in 2018.
53. GENESIS OWUSU – WIT’ DA TEAM
Genesis Owusu is one of Australia’s most unique new artists, and his hit Wit’ Da Team is an example of why, as the groovy, funk-filled tune has deeper layers than many would pick on first-listen; confronting cultural appropriation with authority.
52. JORDAN DENNIS – CRUMBS (ft. BLASKO)
A part of the incredible Billy Davis crew, Jordan Dennis stepped out on his own this year, incorporating those Billy Davis neo-soul vibes into his cheery Hip-Hop jam Crumbs, featuring Blasko.
51. KAÉ – BOSS UP
Burn city GOAT Kaé takes out spot #51 on the list with his imposing, powerful hit Boss Up.
50. TAZZY – HONEST RAP SONG
Sydney R&B queen Tazzy burst onto the scene this year with her powerful, idiosyncratic and refreshing single Honest Rap Song.
49. SHADOW – CREAM
Cream came alongside the announcement that Shadow had signed to Golden Era Records, and what a hectic way to announce it.
48. WOMBAT – GASSED UP
Everything Wombat touched this year turned to gold.. or fire, with nothing as break-neck as Gassed Up.
WOMBAT AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A BONG RAT.
47. FREEDS – MY FRIEND
Melbourne songwriter Freeds followed up his successful 2017 return with a scattering of easy-listening, happy-go-lucky tunes this year, with My Friend leading the pack.
46. NABIIOU$ – TEN TOES (ft. PITTY)
Ten Toes is the flex-heavy heater from two of Perth’s most exciting talents on the rise – Nabiiou$ and Pitty.
STONE COLD HIT YOU WITH THE STUNNER.
45. JUNOR x Z. LEWIS – NOTHING TO ME
The only official single to come from Juñor this year, Nothing To Me is a chaotic cut featuring wordsmith Z. Lewis that’ll leave you with whiplash.
44. RYDAH x ADRIAN SWISH – COCA & A LEAN
Riyadh and Adrian Swish made somewhat of a dream team this year, and their joint Coca & A Lean was the duo at their boldest and best.
43. DEXTER SEAMUS – DEXTER SEAMUS
Dexter Seamus, who took out our #1 spot last year, underwent a re-brand this year, returning to the spotlight late in the piece with this head-nodding, self-titled, Agnus-produced jam.
42. JJAY DE MELO – PAPER PLANES
A positive tune that melts JJay’s luscious melodies with his bright, sunny vocals, Paper Planes was one of the year’s most up-lifting hits.
41. JOHNIEPEE – ZEBRA
Blending quirky cadences and sharp vocal nuances with hints of playful jazz elements and crisp lyricism, Zebra is the paramount snapshot of Johniepee.
Zebra is unique, fun and anything but a bore – much like the Sydney-based emcee himself.
40. SOPHIEGROPHY – BAG
Sophiegrophy went in this year, and Bag was her at her fiery best, delivering an intimidating yet charming perfomance without missing a beat.
39. Z. LEWIS – GET IT (ft. TALAKAI)
Sharp, high-octane and invigorating. Get It combines Z. Lewis’ individualistic flows with Talakai’s witty wordplay for an edge-of-your-seat 4-minute cut.
38. PEEZO – FIRE FLY (ft. AGNUS)
This had long been my favourite demo that Peezo had in the bag, and to see it finally released was special. Peezo forever.
37. CHARLIE THREADS – QUESTIONS
Charlie Threads came out with Forever In A Day and Questions this year, with both easily interchangeable in this spot, although it was the calming cadences of Questions that takes out spot #37.
36. KYSO – GET IT RIGHT
Kyso is meticulous and selective with his releases, only gifting us with the best of the batch, and Get It Right was undoubtedly that.
A trappy-go-lucky block party anthem, Get It Right is the ultimate summer hit.
35. BOY GRADUATE – I’M NOT READY (ft. BRIAN FRESCO)
Boy Graduate’s game developed yet again in ’18, dropping impressive single after single, and I’m Not Ready – featuring Chicago’s Brian Fresco – was as honest as it was catchy. Dope songwriting on display here.
34. JOEY LEGIT – SLEEPY PEOPLE
Joey Legit’s early-year drop Sleepy People paints a true picture of his hometown of Brisbane, with choppy, charismatic flows and an energising beat acting as the canvas.
33. MIDAS.GOLD – PASSIONS
Midas.Gold really flexes his wide-ranging skill set on Passions, delivering a quirky, relentless flow that weaves in-and-out of the quick-fire drums.
32. REMI x RAIZA BIZA – RUNNER (ft. BARO)
Remi and RAIZA BIZA’s Black Hole Sun EP was one of the years top projects, and their collaborative effort – Runner – with Melbourne’s Baro was just so infectious and irresistible.
31. KOBIE DEE – RIGHT NOW
Young indigenous star Kobie Dee did as he said he would on Right Now, slaying his competition with an unrelenting stream of consciousness, over the top of a grand Papertoy beat.
30. AGUNG MANGO – WOKEUPINJAPAN (ft. BELUGA)
Agung Mango is undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s most exciting rappers on the rise, and WOKEUPINJAPAN is the original melting-pot of sounds that proves why he’s got such a bright future. Produced by PRPL and featuring Beluga, the room-rattling banger finds itself as a deserving number 30 in our top 100.
YEAH THIS MORNING I HAD WOKEUPINJAPAN!
29. ARNO FARAJI – THINGS CHANGE
Following a break out 2017, Perth Hip-Hop spearhead Arno Faraji took his time in ’18, releasing just the two singles towards the backend of the year – however – it was well worth the wait.
things change and Bless (What It’s Like) were the two singles that the 6k emcee dropped, with the former taking out number 29 in our Top 100.
28. GALLVS – RED PILL
Red Pill is a unique fusion of styles that positions the rising Brisbane songwriter as one of the countries most promising.
With a memorable hook and some tongue-in-cheek bars, GALLVS shows why he’s the full package.
27. HUSKII x LIL SKNOW – SERVO
Huskii and Lil Sknow linked in ’18 for a ‘Trap Sessions’ series, which including the rugged, brazen banger Servo.
Over a thumping, gritty bass-line, the two talented emcee’s go in, making for one of the most entertaining cuts of the year.
26. LIL SPACELY – #CODE (ft. TYRØNE, GRIIZZ)
West-Sydney spitter Lil Spacely teamed with Tyrøne and GRIIZZ for his heavy, abrasive heater #CODE.
25. I.E. – MEANWHILE
Over some classy I.amsolo production, I.E. sprinkled his trademark, dreary melodies throughout Meanwhile, making for a climactic and memorable release.
24. B WISE – THE KEY
Sydney rapper B Wise dropped his highly anticipated debut album Area Famous this year to a rousing reception, and his sunny anthem The Key proved to be the mood-lifting climax of the LP.
23. TENTENDO – DANCE WITH ME (ft. JORDAN DENNIS)
Burn city producer Tentendo linked with common collaborator Jordan Dennis for the upbeat, expressive dance cut Dance With Me.
Dennis glides across Tentendo’s sparse percussion, thick synths and thumping bass lines with an ease and authority that is just so god-damn slick.
22. VIDA SUNSHYNE – ALL THREE EYES
Coming through with an unforgiving braggadocio, Vida Sunshine steams through the atmospheric Crime Heat production on All Three Eyes with not a care.
21. KID PHARAOH – JESUS LOOKS LIKE ME
Wollongong’s Kid Pharaoh followed up a promising 2017 with a year that solidified him as one of the countries most original and multi-talented artists, writing, producing and directing the entirety of his work in 2018, including the most powerful cut of them all – Jesus Looks Like Me.
20. ELIJAH YO – MISSED CALLS
Kicking off the top 20 is Missed Calls – a powerful, visceral single from Blacktown emcee Elijah Yo which tells a confronting story you really just have to hear for yourself.
19. TRAVY P – MISTAKES (ft. I.E.)
Travy P shot to prominence last year off the back of a hit-filled EP and features from peers such as 360 and Manu Crook$, in 2018 however, the charismatic rapper took a step back, dropping just two singles towards the beginning of the year.
Those two singles, Blocbuster and Mistakes (featuring I.E.), were more than enough to tie us over for the year, with the latter proving to be one of the most slept on tunes to come out of Australia recently. Featuring melodic, quotable bars from Travy either side of some luscious I.E. hooks, Mistakes was the ultimate sleeper hit of ’18.
18. THUNDAMENTALS – I MISS YOU
When choppy keys and a catchy hook meet the trademark Thunda charm, it’s gonna be a hit, and I Miss You is a shining example of exactly that.
The pop infused production is warm and sunny, yet it can only play second fiddle to the slick, captivating verses from Tuka and Jeswon which circle the formers buttery hook.
Thundamentals are one of the countries most consistent and beloved bands, and this year they solidified that with yet another class record.
17. TKAY MAIDZA – FLEXIN’ (ft. DUCKWRTH)
TKAY CAME BACK IN 2018 WITH A BANG.
Flexin’ is a whole ass mood that features none other than LA rapper Duckwrth. Once again, Tkay does an amazing job of not only putting Australia on the map, but representing down under with fiery flows, a hip-shaking hook and a magnetic attitude. Tkay Maidza for Prime Minister.
16. CARMOUFLAGE ROSE – WILDFLOWERS
Carmouflage Rose blew up off the back of his 2017 single Late Nights, and before you could say the words ‘one hit wonder’ he came right back with another boundary pushing single that – you guessed it – also went nuts.
Wildflowers is an eccentric crossover of Hip-Hop, Electronic and Afrobeat influences that raised the bar once again for Rose and his right-hand man / super-producer James Angus.
15. KWASI x HFNR – LIES
Kwasi x HFNR put out one of the years most sleek and shiny efforts earlier this year with Lies, a bubbling single that has Kwasi delivering his classic strained vocals in amongst a tropical HFNR beat.
An unforgettable and original cut, Lies stood the test of time in 2018.
14. FRANCOISTUNES – SHOWMELUV
Radiating a light-hearted energy, Francoistunes’ ShowMeLuv was an endearing trappy-go-lucky hit that blended thick, lavish keys with a cartoony aura that felt like the perfect follow up to the Melbourne artists 2017 cut LastDolla.
SHE SAID SHE LOVE ME BUT I DON’T BELIEVE IT
13. VIC AUGUST – WITHDRAWALS
There was a host of Australian talent that was discovered by the masses in 2018, but perhaps there was no splash made as big as Vic Augusts.
An eccentric teen who we’ve been advocating for the past few years, Vic at last broke through to the mainstream this year, signing with WVS and dropping a catalog of hits like it was nothing, and while no release of his was bigger than Bandit (which is creeping up to 1 million streams on Spotify, featuring Figuero Jones) – there was none better than Withdrawals.
The most recent chapter in the ever growing and impressive Vic August story, Withdrawals is the ultimate summer anthem that crosses Hip-Hop, R&B and Pop wires with an icy and trademark Vic steeze.
12. GAMIREZ – LUV
Gamirez was precise and selective with his releases this year, with each single offering something unique to the last, his most recent drop – Luv – took a sharp turn from the alt-trap sound he toyed with on Grinding, instead preferring a bouncy, club-hit vibe.
Punchy and mature, Gamirez’s Luv is our 12th best song for 2018.
11. HAWI x MARS – FIFA
At a base level, FIFA is basically a bunch of 6k teens having fun. Beyond that, it’s an intricate, playful cut that is one of the years biggest surprise packages.
Perth emcee’s Hawi73 and Mars deliver glossy, charismatic verses either side of a choppy, lawn-mower-flow hook, one that catches you off guard in the best way possible.
Hip-Hop in Australia has an immensely bright future, headed by artists such as Hawi and Mars.
10. IMBI THE GIRL – SWELL
Swell is the moving, emotive single from Sydney songwriter Imbi The Girl, with the slick, sparse production coming from Melbourne mainstay Hamley.
Swell is the ultimate snapshot of Imbi’s immense skill set, as Imbi ducks-and-weaves throughout their verses with pace and precision, either side of their jaunting, dizzying hook.
EMOTIONS WILL SWELL, EMOTIONS WILL TIDE.
9. FIGUERO JONES – GETONUP!
Figuero could have had a number of records in this spot, including Fortunes, Switch (prod. by rising 6k wizard ErikiBeatz) and Records, however, there were two standouts from his busy 2018.
Those two were No Sofa’s – featuring Black Napoleon – and GETONUP!.
GETONUP! edged out the heavy-hitter that was No Sofa’s with its minimal production giving Figuero the stage to flex his fiery falsetto’s and unsettling raps. The Perth rapper/producer/singer built up one of the countries most impressive 2018 catalogs, which in turn earned him spot number 9 on our list.
8. CHILLINIT – WISH YOU WELL PT.2 (It’s A Vibe)
Speaking of artists who had a big year, ChillinIt had the biggest of them all, no debate.
The Sydney lyricist built on his cult of fans in 2018 with an unmatched work-rate, dropping his debut LP Women Weed & Wordplay to a monumental reception. While any song off the album could have made this list, it was his summer party jam Wish You Well Pt.2 (It’s A Vibe) which topped the lot.
Banging production, nimble flows and an organic berth, Wish You Well Pt.2 is an undeniable Aussie anthem.
7. COOPER – WOULDN’T CHANGE
Cooper put his own humble twist on the classic sound of Australian Hip-Hop’s past and most prominent sound with his ZEN EP this year, and while tracks such as Taking You With Me and Counting The Days could have easily made this list, it was his debut single Wouldn’t Change which stuck with us most.
Sunny piano chops and some upbeat, mood-lifting drums play the backdrop to Cooper’s catchy, reminiscent debut, in what is an original and brilliantly done take on a quaint Australian sound.
6. ANFA ROSE – TANGIER
Moroccan-Australian songwriter Anfa Rose kicked off his 2018 She Been Waiting II EP with a jittery, jubilant anthem – Tangier.
The R&B-meets-trap cut has Anfa stepping from strong melodies to rugged raps over a stunning guitar-plucking loop, healthy kicks and snappy snares for what is one of the years dopest songs.
5. THE KID LAROI – BLESSINGS
At just 14-years-old, The Kid Laroi wrote one of the years best and biggest Hip-Hop hits, with Blessings.
The young Sydney creative brings in innovative, bright vibe to the modern trap sound we’ve heard lots of in 2018, with shimmering production working in tandem with his witty bars and booming vocals.
The Kid Laroi’s Blessings is exactly that to a Hip-Hop landscape that’s ready to explode in Australia.
4. KAIIT – OG LUV KUSH PT.2
Kaiit garnered the attention from the likes of Erykah Badu and Jill Scott this year, and for very very good reason.
Her globally adored single OG Luv Kush pt.2 blended breezy keys and subtle yet snappy drums with a flawless vocal performance, for what was a sweet and sultry ear worm that positions Kaiit as one of the countries brightest new stars.
3. KWAME – WOW
Kwame strolled on in to 2018, dropped one of the years most colourful trap-bangers, and then proceeded to take over for the remaining 10-months.
WOW is the self-produced happy-banger that sky-rocketed Kwame’s already promising career, with his energetic raps and the catchy, piercing hook placing the young Sydney artist where he deserves to be.
2. TRIPLE ONE – SHOWOFF
Triple One have launched themselves onto international radars over the last 24 months, following the release of an eclectic collection of tunes that stumble across the lines of Hip-Hop, Indie and just about everything else in-between.
Taking the Triple One cake this year for us – just ahead of Tarlo – was their brazen and buoyant anthem Showoff. The track blends heavy, haunting production with a spirited hook that lands amongst the brash and energetic verses of members Marty Bugatti and Obi Ill.
Showoff is one of the years grandest hits from one of the countries most exciting and groundbreaking acts – and it comes alongside a brilliant music video featuring the familiar likes of ChillinIt and Huskii.
1. MANU CROOK$ – FUEGO (ft. ANFA ROSE)
The best song to come from Australian shores in 2018 was Fuego, by way of established Sydney stars Manu Crooks and Anfa Rose.
Produced by DOPAM!NE – and making for a star-studded trio – Fuego is a sleek and sultry latin-flavoured hit that pairs Manu’s cool, collected style with a resounding Anfa hook.
Lavish and lush, the glossy single found success from Australia and beyond, garnering in excess of 7 million streams on Spotify to date.
Manu Crooks continue to build with every passing year, and Fuego is ultimately his most complete work to date – and our #1 song of the year.
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