Top 5 Favourites: Sydney

DISCLAIMER: This is a ‘favourite’ list based on personal opinions and should not be confused as a ‘best of’ list. If you disagree with any of the views expressed, sound off in the comments and recommend me some of your favourite artists from Chicago.

In no particular order, a list of The 2Thousand’s favourite artists from Sydney, Australia.

1. Chillinit

Unlike a lot of up and coming Australian rappers, Chillinit embraces his Australian accent and upbringing; and there’s everything to love about him. Charismatic, motivated and genuine. He has the lyrical talent to keep up with artists like Nerve and Wombat through some great Aussie culture references, but his 2018 album demonstrated his seriously skilled versatility.

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2. Manu Crooks

The biggest artist on this list, and for a reason. Manu has incredible talent catering towards the auto-tuned Trap wave and has been recognised globally, set to perform at Rolling Loud 2019. Had the pleasure of seeing him live as support for Stormzy in early 2018 and I can say with confidence he has an increasingly big fanbase in Australia already. Won’t be long before he’ll be expanding this overseas, if not already after Rolling Loud on May 11th.

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3. Yibby

Yibby is the most recent Australian artist I’ve discovered, and I’m thankful for it. Been described as Australia’s Joey Bada$$, I think Yibby provides a much needed different flavour to Australian Hip-Hop. He only has two songs released thus far, so I’m hoping for more great content from him in 2019.

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4. The Kid LAROI

Youngest on the list and one of the youngest in rap currently, Kid LAROI has the biggest potential to break into the American scene (already slowly doing so, being announced for 2019 Rolling Loud). Though he only has one song on Spotify, he has some huge hidden gems on Soundcloud and I’ve noticed the amount of time he has been spending in the studio of late. His next project is going to be huge, make sure you’ve caught on the wave before then.

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5. Kwame

A favourite of Triple J, Kwame‘s Hip-Hop began after jumping on stage with A$AP Ferg. His work since then has paid off immensely through supporting acts like the Migos and Skepta. After having a huge year of touring in 2018 and releasing his Endless Conversations. EP, I hope Kwame continues to be a new leader in Australian Hip-Hop.

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Top 5 Favourites: Chicago

DISCLAIMER: This is a ‘favourite’ list based on personal opinions and should not be confused as a ‘best of’ list. If you disagree with any of the views expressed, sound off in the comments and recommend me some of your favourite artists from Chicago.

In no particular order, a list of The 2Thousand’s favourite artists from Chicago, Illinois.

1. Saba

Saba was my MVP artist of last year, delivering my favourite album of 2018, CARE FOR ME. His collaborative work with Pivot Gang leaves a lot to be desired but his solo projects are consistently and undeniably great. Hopefully he can continue to produce such work.

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2. Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper demonstrated a ridiculous amount of potential with his 2nd mixtape, Acid Rap. While I personally think Colouring Book was a let down in comparison, Chance’s musical talent cannot go unmentioned in a list about Chicago. I think his next album, set to be released in July, will cement him as a big name within today’s Hip-Hop.

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3. Kanye West

One of Chicago’s greatest musical acts, Ye has never been a stranger to controversy. That being said, he has also never been a stranger to GOOD music (excuse the pun). From producing to rapping, West has one of the best discographies of any rapper and is expected to continue this with the soon to be released Yandhi.

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4. Noname

My favourite female rapper, Noname encapsulates Chicago’s soul and jazz influence in her work. While Room 25 didn’t quite satisfy me the same way that Telefone did, she still has a short, sweet and promising discography. Definitely one of the more under appreciated Chicago artists.

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5. Juice WRLD

Probably the hottest artist on this list, Juice WRLD‘s fame is more than deserved. Though he has the weakest discography of everyone on this list, I think Juice WRLD still shows an amazing amount of potential and will continue to dominate the charts like he has in the past year and a half.

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