A long ‘Daayyuum’ is the appropriate reaction to the latest mixtape, Howgoodisgood?, from 17-year-old Melbourne MC Baro. Fighting the good fight against rubbish Australian hip hop, Baro and his crew 90’sRD are rolling through verses so smooth and witty they make you double take when you read his age.
The smooth as butter MC lets his airy verses waft over easy lounge beats, doing this as naturally as possible for someone climbing the uphill battle of having an Australian accent. It’s not as heavy as the trip hop and neo-soul coming out of the US right now, but at times it does conjure the jazz and boom bap production of Odd Future spin-off The Internet.
Baro is combining west coast weed-rap and Brooklyn cool without ever failing to represent Melbourne. If this is where hip hop in Australia is heading, thank god.
Check out the video for ‘I Had a Dream About U Last Night’, released today, and catch Baro playing gigs around the country throughout October.
Fri, 3 Oct – The Zoo, Brisbane
Sat, 4 Oct – The Lab, Brisbane
Sat, 11 Oct – Zierholz, University of Canberra
Tues, 14 Oct – YMCA HQ, Perth
Wed, 15 Oct – YMCA HQ, Perth
Thurs, 16 Oct – Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury
Fri, 17 Oct – Amplifier Bar, Perth
Fri, 24 Oct – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Sat, 25 Oct – Corner Hotel, Melbourne