Meet your new favourite hip hop artists
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Meet your new favourite hip hop artists

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The boundaries between spoken word and rap have been blurred by a new generation of poets. Artists such as Mick Jenkins, Chance the Rapper and Smino are skilled lyricists with strong connections to spoken word and poetry. A little closer to home is Nardean, an ethereal spoken word singer from Sydney. The charismatic poet stunned audiences with her single ‘Nothing Matters’ when it was released earlier this year, and she recently dropped her debut EP Creatress. Adding a feminine touch to the hip hop genre, the ten-track EP oozes chill and cosmic vibes, reminiscent of Noname and Jhene Aiko. Beautifully intricate lyrics float across mellow beats, and Nardean’s honeyed vocals and hopscotch flow echo throughout the intimate EP. Her soulful single ‘Adamantium’ features the otherworldly Alphamama (If you love Willow Smith or Solange give Alphamama’s Truth, Trips and Revelations a whirl). Filled with cameos by powerful women including Georgia and indie artist Alice Night, Creatress is an incredible spiritual journey melding neo-soul, hip hop and spoken word, resulting in a vivid, thought-provoking project.

South African born, Australian-raised emcee KG challenges stereotypes and tackles taboos with politically-charged raps. Standing up for social justice, the artist has performed alongside Lupe Fiasco and Ice Cube, as well as Bone Thugs n Harmony, and has over 500 live shows under his belt. KG has cemented himself as a respected voice in the hip hop world and his latest anthem ‘Black Boy’ comments on what life can be like for a person of colour. His commentary encourages disadvantaged youth to overcome discrimination and obliterate false stereotypes, with references to the Apex gang hysteria that recently swept through Melbourne. The captivating track paves the way for his upcoming EP, which is bound to spark conversations and light a fire in the minds of young Australians. Catch KG when he heads to The Penny Black on Saturday June 2.

Australia’s first accredited Hip Hop Diploma is designed for up-and-coming artists who want to produce, manage and develop their career. Emerging rappers are flocking to Box Hill Institute to be taught by some of the most influential creators in Australian hip hop. In conjunction with the course, Sensible Antixx is proud to announce N’fa Jones, MANTRA and Charlie Threads will take to the stage at Anything Rhythm Sunday. Don’t miss out on the free event at Howler on Sunday May 20.