Throughout the month of March, Australia’s hip-hop and R&B listeners were spoiled for choice with the release of a bunch of tracks from our local artists. Many opted for more relaxed, experimental soundscapes that tapped into the sub-genres of melodic rap and alternative R&B. There were also some groovier tracks on the roster that flaunted upbeat tempos and catchier hooks. When it comes to expressions of clever wordplay and lyrical cadence, as always, our local scene delivered—with some artists offering up a more vulnerable side of themselves in this month’s releases. Read on below for our list of standout tracks from the month of March.
"Ghosts", Ivan Ooze
"Truth Hurts", MAMMOTH. & chub.e
Representing Melbourne’s western suburbs and the Picked Last collective, MAMMOTH. has teamed up with artist chub.e for their latest single, “Truth Hurts”. Throughout the song, MAMMOTH. showcases his adept wordplay and storytelling skills, colourfully adding vulnerability and depth to the track’s lyrics. What makes this single a standout is how effortlessly MAMMOTH. and chub.e complement both one another and the track’s chill, slow-rhythm sonics. In addition, the music video takes us to the streets of Melbourne, giving us insight into the world of MAMMOTH. and the ones closest to him. The visual aesthetics are soft on the eyes and mirror the same sensory experience that is the track’s production. We look forward to hearing more from this duo in future.