Top 10 Aussie Hip-Hop Artists

Australian hip-hop has been around since the 1980s but in the last decade it has exploded into a much bigger scene, especially with acts like the Hilltop Hoods and The Herd achieving considerable popularity. Aussie rappers are now coming out of every state to show their skills and styles. Here’s my top 10:

10 – Pegz

Pegz (real name Tirren Staaf and sometimes known as MC Pegasus) is from Melbourne and has been active since 1992. He is the CEO for Australian rap label Obese Records. He is also part of the Aussie hip-hop supergroup Milk Bar Stars with Muph & Plutonic and Bonez. He has released five albums and six singles to date.

9 – Illy

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Illy represents the city of Melbourne and was a previous member of Crooked Eye. He is signed to Obese Records and released his first album, Long Story Short, in 2009 which reached #24 on the ARIA Top 40 Urban Albums charts. He also won the Best Urban Album for Bring it Back at the 2013 ARIA Music Awards.

8 – Urthboy

Urthboy (real name Tim Levinson) is from Sydney and has been performing since 1998. He is signed to the label Elefant Traks and is part of the hip-hop group The Herd. He has been part of six albums with The Herd and released four of his own albums. He has also guest starred on countless tracks with other Australian rappers.

7 – Muph & Plutonic

Muph & Plutonic are from Melbourne and have been around since 2004. They are signed to Obese Records and are part of the Aussie hip-hop supergroup Milk Bar Stars which consists of themselves, Pegz and Bonez. Both MC Muphin and Plutonic Lab, who make the duo, have released solo works.

6 – Pez

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Pez, real name Perry Chapman, is a rapper from Melbourne, Victoria. He grew up in the eastern suburbs and released his first hip-hop album in 2008 titled A Mind of My Own. It peaked at #19 on the ARIA Urban album chart and #8 on the AIR albums chart. His track The Festival Song was received well, topping the charts on the AIR singles chart.

5 – The Herd

The Herd are a rap group from the suburbs of Sydney and have been active since 2001. They are signed to the label Elefant Traks and consist of members Traksewt, Rok Poshtya, Ozi Batla, Urthboy, Unkle Ho, Toe-Fu, Sulo and Jane Tyrrell. Previous members are Bezerkatron and Flatmax. The group consists of a full band (piano, clarinet, guitar and bass) which gives them a unique sound and style. They remain one of Australia’s most popular hip-hop groups.

4 – Drapht

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Drapht (real name Paul Ridge) comes from Mount Hawthorn in Western Australia and has been performing since 1998, currently with Obese Records. He is a member of the rap group Skyllaboliks and released his last album, Brothers Grimm, in 2008. He has performed with other major Aussie hip-hop acts such as the Hilltop Hoods, Pegz and M-Phazes.

3 – 360

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360 is currently one of the most popular rappers in the Australian hip-hop scene. He comes out of Melbourne, Victoria and grew up in the eastern suburbs. He released his first album in 2008 titled What You See Is What You Get. Aside from his music, he is also involved in many causes including factory farming of companion animals and depression and suicide awareness.

2 – Bliss n Eso

Bliss n Eso are from Sydney, New South Wales and have been performing since the year 2000. They were previously signed to Obese Records and are now signed to Illusive Sounds. The group consists of MC Bliss, MC Eso and DJ Izm. From their five album releases, two have reached Gold status (Flying Colours and Circus in the Sky) and one has reached Platinum status (Running on Air).

1 – Hilltop Hoods

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The Hilltop Hoods are one of the most popular hip-hop groups in Australia. They come out of Adelaide and have been performing since 1991. They were originally signed to Obese Records but now are signed to Golden Era Records. The group consists of members Suffa, MC Pressure and DJ Debris. They have won countless awards with the latest being the Best Urban Album for Drinking from the Sun at the 2012 ARIA Awards.

What are your favourite Aussie hip-hop artists? Share them in the comments below!

42 comments on “Top 10 Aussie Hip-Hop Artists

  1. your pic is good bro but in my honest opinion there are alot of local independant hip hop artist in australia dat i have witnessed to be milez better. Why? coz they are unique and different and its being different dat stands out. Thats just in my opinion bro! but apart from dat you have an awsum christmas.

  2. i would like to know why 360 isnt in here if u havnt heard of him listen to hammerhead or hope you don’t mind ft n’fa

  3. Pegz at 5 is ridiculous. The guy doesnt even deserve to be on the list and where the eff is Dialectrix or Mantra in that list? They should be numbe 1 & 2 on that list.

  4. Clandestien
    horrorshow
    Modsun “More hippy hop ”
    Phatchance
    Tomahawk ‘Album “A bitch named hip hop”
    Hes a hard nut .

  5. At this present date with latest released albums and all that 60 and hilltop are on top but listen out for kerser. He’s a sick kent aswell

  6. All of these so called rappers are shit, not one black rapper in the list, what about sneakeone, radical son, maupower, Stinga, Mack boys, konnectadot, street warriors, last Kinnection, darkinis & Karnage, knowledge bones just to name a few

  7. my idea of top 10
    10- Matty. B
    9- Spit Syndicate
    8- Thundamentals
    7-Horrorshow
    6-Pegz
    5-Bliss n eso
    4- Drapht
    3-Muph
    2-Vents
    1- Hilltops
    My opinion, reply if you think different

  8. Fuck all these kids jumping on the Aussie hip hop band wagon now cos of dudes like 360 and Illy and a whole other bunch of artists who call themselves ‘rappers’ when they’re just pop stars. Make sure you actually know Aus hip hop before you come out with these ridiculous lists.

    For all you kids out there that are new to Aussie hip hop here’s a few real heads for you to consider

    – Lyrical Commission

    – Fluent Form

    – Maundz

    – Raven

    – Fatty Phew

    -750 Rebels Lazy Grey in particular

    – The Funkoars

    – Def Wish Cast

    – Kings Konekted

    – Jake Biz

    – Clandestien

    Off the top of my head probably a few more im sleepin on

  9. My top ten would be…

    10: Spit Syndicate
    9: Horrorshow
    8: Thundmentals
    7: Pez
    6: The Herd
    5: Bliss n Eso
    4: Urthboy
    3:Drapht
    2: Illy
    1: Hilltop Hoods

  10. ok so everyone’s got their own top10. i mean thats what its all about, accepting the differences and being open minded.
    i live on the other side of the world now, and i dont know half of the names on here,
    in 10 years there are so many new artists… hip hop is getting bigger and bigger in Australia, thats great
    and remember opinions are like a$$holes everyone has one…

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