The Introducing series showcases the upcoming artists from across Australia that you need to be familiar with. These are acts at the early stages of their careers, without the big follower counts, streaming numbers, or video views, but with that spark of potential, we can see them developing quickly. Follow us on Instagram to stay on the pulse of Australia’s hip-hop, R&B, and Afrobeats scene. Who’s your favourite artist from January? Slam the comments with who we missed…


61eepy gives insight into growing up in Western Sydney on his latest single ‘Hood Tales’. Coming from Tongan descent, 61eepy (pronounced Sleepy) has entered 2024 rejuvenated and loaded up with plenty of hard-hitting bars. The new year has seen him drop his first couple of music videos with the latest (and best) being his solo effort ‘Hood Tales’. As one-half of rap duo GID along with his brother King Killah, 61eepy is a Sydney storyteller you need to be tapped in with.


Perth-born artist iwasoscar shares visuals for his reflective and summer-tinged single ‘My Better’. Formerly known as Hindley, the Melbourne-based artist has dropped two EPs this year, expertly balancing traditional and experimental hip-hop elements. ‘My Better’, from his latest project Thru The Gildan, draws upon the same pensive and nostalgic feel from the likes of Chance The Rapper and Kevin Abstract. Iwasoscar demonstrates an impressive amount of talent despite each EP’s short runtime.


Naarm/Melbourne artist Lëgënd returns with trap therapy on ‘I Can’t Cry But I Can Sing’. Back his hiatus after facial paralysis, the Austin, Texas-born rapper and singer delves into his struggles with mental health and loss. The dark melodic single arrived earlier this year along with visuals via Nbreezy’s ‘We Outside’ video series. Lëgënd is teasing more music on the way including an “exclusive track featuring a rap pioneer to add an exciting “Twist” to his return.”


Melbourne-based musician ZUH drops visuals to his 2023 release ’Type Beat’. Since breaking out in 2020, the US-born artist has been on a tirade with his trap-heavy singles. Stripped from his debut album Outside Deluxe, ‘TYPE BEAT’ finds ZUH slowly and steadily sliding across the lowkey production with effortless steez.


Nigerian-Australian artist Abiola shares her first solo release of the year. Following her domino effect EP with Lomond earlier this year, the Melbourne-based singer and rapper ‘WYGD’ is a slow-burning R&B cut fantasying about leaving their partner. Accompanied with visuals, Abiola says “We made this video hoping to give more representation for fat, black and lesbian people. I wanted to show the world that being those things are sexy and that this type of representation is super important.”


Kid Rey says goodbye to his summer fling on icy new cut ‘Rosé Remedy’. The New Zealand-raised artist reflects on his previous relationship over self-produced soulful vocal samples and piano keys. Following his debut album IT IS WHAT IT IS, Kid Rey continues to unapologetically showcase his versatility on his latest track. This is Rosé rap at its most delectable.


TRUELOVE embraces redemption and growth on ’TRUELOVE SOUL’ from his latest album ANURAG IS TRUELOVE. The Adelaide-based artist began 2024 with this R&B and rap cut and its accompanying music video, a humble anthem for overcoming adversity and letting go of ego. The 17-track project is also home to the intoxicating afro-pop single ‘TRUELOVE HIGH’, his biggest track yet.


A multi-talented creative from Bris Vegas, CKING has been a stalwart of the QLD underground scene for years as both an artist and videographer with Black Ace Media. Returning on the rap front in 2024 after an extended-release hiatus, CKING has jumped out the gate with a combination of high-energy performances both live and on wax, embodied in his latest collab with LA-based emcee Demrick.


Meet Melbourne’s newest alt-R&B artist ANGEL xo. Marking her first release via US-based management and production company, Grand Scheme, the 19-year-old shared her debut single last month. Speaking on the track, ANGEL says “Cross the Line is about young love, the pain and the thrill and eventually having enough of that drama, so you develop boundaries to stop the endless cycle of being stepped on.”

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