Regardless of where you are in the world, chances are that you've probably heard more Australian hip-hop in 2016 than ever before. We've enjoyed an amazingly rich year of releases, showcasing a thematic and sonic diversity unlike anything we've ever seen before.
2016 has truly begun to place Australian hip-hop on a global map, and the latest release to confirm this is "Everything" by Hau, featuring production by Miracle and a hook from grime rapper Footsie.
The track opens with sparse synths and a heavy, weighted beat, the perfect complement to Hau's deep husk. "Music, my medicine, more inspired than I've ever been," he says. "Resurrect the true essence of hip-hop with a new message."
Meanwhile, Footsie's hook is the perfect addition to the fiery track, with his own flow injecting an edginess so unique to that grime sound.
Speaking in more detail about the track, Hau explains:
"The song has no real deep meaning to it. As you can hear, it bounces between the subjects of being inspired more now that I'm older to putting other MCs in check, to being honored that I'm working with a legend like Footsie. So in a lot of ways, the content reflects the title.
"I also wanted to show that over this style of production - whether you feel it's trap or grime - you don't necessarily have to rhyme about the certain subjects usually found on these records; women, drugs, gun talk etc."
Fans can look forward to more in 2017, but in the meantime, consider "Everything" a reintroduction to the newly reinvigorated MC. "After feeling all caged up, this is a taste of me," he says.