Hip Hop: triple j's most played, and Alice Ivy heading on album tour

Triple j Unearthed has revealed its most-played artists for 2017. Spanning all ages and genres, the list is a look at the best up-and-coming artists from across Australia. Representing hip hop and rap in the top 50 acts, Genesis Owusu has landed in seventh place as one of the most played artists this year. This comes as no surprise, as the talented emcee has released hit after hit, with a reputation for creating catchy beats and embracing his weirdness. Check out his latest track ‘Sideways’, a quirky, catchy tune produced by members of Haitus Kaiyote. 
Brisbane rapper Erik Sanders also landed in the top 20 acts of 2017. The triple j Unearthed competition winner dominated Queensland’s Sprung Festival in October and his latest track ‘Forever, Whatever’is an uplifting hip hop banger with cheeky lyrics and bubbly beats. 17-year-old producer and rapper Arno Faraji also made the list. The young emcee was crowned the winner of this year’s Unearthed High competition wooing crowds with his fast-forward hip hop track ‘Destiny’s’. Kwame and Ziggy Ramo also secured spots in the top 50, alongside fellow hip hop artists Birdz, Baker Boy, WzrdKid and Coin Banks. Unearthed radio launched as a digital radio station back in 2011. Earlier this year, triple j announced its decision to change the date of its iconic Hottest 100 to Saturday January 27. Voting is now open for the Hottest 100 and will close Monday January 22.
Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt has announced a one-off Australian headline show early next year, while he supports The xx on their Australian tour.  This is his first show Down Under since his performance at Splendour In The Grass two years ago. Earl is currently working on his third album, the follow up to 2015’s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt.
To celebrate the release of her debut album I’m Dreaming, Alice Ivy has announced a national tour this summer. An electronic artist and frequent collaborator with emerging local hip hop artists, she has an impressive list of support acts including Nasty Mars, Sophiegropy and Francois with more special guests to be announced. Don’t miss out when she heads to Melbourne to take to the stage at Howler on Friday February 24.