Australian rappers aren't known around the world for their hip hop, but Aussie rap is a colorful musical niche that’s lit up by dozens of talented performers. Over the past few years, Australian hip-hop has transformed. A new generation of artists have broken through, bringing with them politically-conscious rhymes that tackle race, home and heritage in vital ways. Here are ten of the country’s best rappers that R&B fans need to check out.

Top 10 Best Australian Rappers: Hip-Hop Artists in Australia

The Top 10 Best Australian Rappers at Glance:


  • Iggy Azalea
  • Kerser
  • 360
  • Tkay Maidza
  • Urthboy
  • Allday
  • Illy
  • Suffa
  • Maya Jupiter
  • Felix

1. Iggy Azalea


Iggy Azalea


  • Born: Amethyst Amelia Kelly, 7 June 1990
  • Years active: 2011–present
  • Labels: Def Jam, Grand Hustle, Mercury, Virgin EMI, Island, Bad Dreams, Empire
  • Net worth: $6 Million
  • Instagramthenewclassic

Since her debut, Azalea has sold 48 million records worldwide, with 22 million singles in the United States alone. Azalea's accolades include two American Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a People's Choice Award, four Teen Choice Awards, and four Grammy Award nominations. Azalea's official YouTube channel has accumulated 3.2 billion views, while she has had 14 music videos receive over 100 million views on Vevo.


2. Kerser


Kerser


  • Born: 21 August 1987
  • Years active: 2007–present
  • Labels: ABK Records
  • Net worth: $5 Million
  • Instagramkerserofficial

Scott Froml better known by his stage name Kerser has released two mixtapes and several albums since 2009, with a release every year, and his second album No Rest for the Sickest reached No. 15 on the ARIA albums chart, while the album's tour DVD debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Music DVD chart in 2013. His album S.C.O.T. reached No. 5 while his fourth album King was released on 13 November 2014 and reached number 9. He is best known for his song "Exceptional".


3. 360


rapper 360


  • Birth name: Matthew James Colwell
  • Born: 12 July 1986
  • Years active: 2006–present
  • Labels: Inertia, EMI Music Australia, Soulmate, Forthwrite
  • Net worth: $5 Million
  • Instagram3ree6ixty

Matthew James Colwell better known by his stage name 360, has released four studio albums: What You See Is What You Get (2008); Falling & Flying (2011), which peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified platinum; Utopia (2014), and Vintage Modern (2017). 360's second album provided four charting singles, including "Boys like You", which peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified 4× platinum. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2012, he received six nominations and won the 'Breakthrough Artist – Release' award for Falling & Flying, while Styalz Fuego won the ARIA 'Producer of the Year' Artisan award for the same album.


4. Tkay Maidza


Tkay Maidza


  • Born: 17 December 1996
  • Years active: 2013–present
  • Labels: Dew Process, Kitsuné, Downtown Records, Universal Music Australia Interscope Records
  • Net worth: $5 Million
  • Instagramtkaymaidza

Maidza took part in Adelaide's Northern Sound System artist development program and released her debut single, "Brontosaurus", at age 17 with producer BadCop. She has since released an EP, Switch Tape, featuring collaborations with Night Slugs' Bok Bok and producer SBTRKT. Its single, "Switch Lanes", was voted into the 2014 Triple J Hottest 100 at number 100. Maidza had a strong number 66 in the 2015 countdown with her 2015 single "MOB". MOB was Maidza's first song to be played on Australian commercial radio.

Maidza was featured in Australian Vogue magazine in July 2015 and the French magazine Konbini. After featuring on Troye Sivan's debut album Blue Neighbourhood, Maidza supported Sivan in London, Paris and Berlin as well as a guest appearance in Los Angeles. Earlier Maidza had supported Charli XCX on her Australian tour as well as British band Years & Years in the UK.


5. Urthboy


Urthboy


  • Born: Sydney, Australia
  • Years active: 1998–present
  • Labels: Elefant Traks
  • Net worth: $850 thousand

Tim Levinson, better known by the stage name Urthboy, is an Australian hip-hop MC and producer from New South Wales. He is widely known for his solo music under the moniker Urthboy, as a founding member of the hip-hop group The Herd, and for co-founding and managing the Elefant Traks record label. Levinson has released five solo albums: Distant Sense of Random Menace (2004), The Signal (2007), Spitshine (2009), Smokey's Haunt (2012) and The Past Beats Inside Me Like a Second Heartbeat (2016); as well as five studio albums with The Herd.


6. Allday


Allday

  • Born: 21 February 1991
  • Years active: 2011–present
  • Labels: ONETWO Records, Wind-Up Records
  • Net worth: $5 Million
  • Instagramalldaychubbyboy

Tomas Henry Gaynor better known by his stage name Allday, is an Australian rapper from Adelaide, South Australia. Allday became active in 2011, when he began uploading his music for free online. Following his works becoming increasingly popular, he moved to Melbourne to pursue a serious career; although, as of February 2017, he is now based in Los Angeles, California. His works have been influenced by acts such as Silverchair, Frank Ocean, and TLC. Allday released his debut album, Startup Cult, in July 2014 to Australian audiences. Startup Cult achieved success and reached number three on the ARIA Charts. He sometimes raps under the alter ego MC Disturbance.


7. Illy


Illy (rapper)

  • Born: 6 September 1985
  • Years active: 2009–present
  • Labels: ONETWO, UNFD
  • Net worth: $3 million

In 2010, Illy released the singles "The Chase" and "Cigarettes" and in October 2010, released his second studio album The Chase. The Chase peaked at number 25 on the ARIA Charts. The album's third single, "It Can Wait" became Illy's first charting single on the Australian Singles Chart, peaking at number fifty-eight. In February 2011, Illy embarked on his 14-date nationwide "The Chase Tour", with special guest M-Phazes. In October 2011, "It Can Wait" was certified Gold by ARIA after selling 35,000 copies. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2011 The Chase was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Urban Album.


8. Suffa


Suffa


  • Born: 6 May 1977
  • Years active: 1991–present
  • Labels: Obese, Golden Era
  • Net worth: $5 Million

Matthew David Lambert, better known by his stage name Suffa, is an Australian rapper and producer best known as one of the members of the hip hop group, Hilltop Hoods. He has produced tracks for other artists, such as Funkoars and Kate Miller-Heidke,[4] in addition to his work with the Hilltop Hoods. Lambert has been an active artist for over 15 years since the release of the debut Hilltop Hoods album.


9. Maya Jupiter


Maya Jupiter


  • Born: 21 December 1978
  • Years active: 1996–present
  • Labels: Mother Tongues
  • Net worth: $5 Million
  • Instagram: mayajupiter

Melissha Martinez, better known by her stage name Maya Jupiter, is a Mexican-born Australian rapper, songwriter, MC and radio personality. She released her debut album, Today, in 2003. She was a member of hip-hop group, Foreign Heights, with MC Trey and DJ Nick Toth, which released a self-titled album in 2007. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2007 the trio was nominated for 'Best Urban Release' for "Get Yours (Remix)". From 2004 to 2008, Jupiter hosted the national radio station, Triple J's weekly Hip-Hop Show. Thereafter she pursued her solo career based in Los Angeles and released her second album, Maya Jupiter, in December 2010.


10. Felix (Stray Kids)


Felix (Stray Kids)


  • Born: 15 September 2000
  • Years active: 2018–present
  • Labels: JYP

Felix was born and raised in Seven Hills, a western suburb of Sydney, Australia. He attended St Patrick's Marist College. His family consists of his parents, an older sister, and a younger sister. In 2016, when Felix was shopping with his friends in Australia, he was invited to participate in the JYP audition in Australia. He was supposed to enter JYP at the same time as future Stray Kids member Hwang Hyunjin but delayed his departure from Australia in order to complete his education. In February 2017, Felix became a JYP trainee and began to study the Korean language. He starred in the Mnet survival reality show Stray Kids in 2017. Although Felix was eliminated due to performance flaws and insufficient Korean skills in the fourth mission, he received a second chance and made his debut in the final mission.


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