The Australian hip-hop scene is on the rise and one artist set to break out this year is 18-year-old iiiConic. The Ghana-born Brisbane-raised MC takes influence from modern hip-hop sounds with latest single "Upgrade" a fantastic example of his talent. The trap production isn't anything new, but the sampled horns give it a grandiose feeling while iiiConic's flow is compelling.
"Upgrade" has been released as part of Australian record label WVS' compilation WVS: Next Gen 2018. The 11 artists on the mixtape were picked by the WVS team as ones to watch this year, with the compilation giving each artist a new outlet to showcase their work.
Along with the compilation you can stream for free here, WVS are holding the NEXT GEN 2018 Live Showcase featuring all 11 finalists from the class of 2018. The event will take place at The Evelyn Hotel, in Fitzroy, on January 25 (Australia Day Eve).
If you're a hip-hop fan who lives in Melbourne be sure to get along and support the future of the genre here in Australia.