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Baro is the new face of Aussie hip-hop with 17/18

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He is young, smart, good looking and sounds like the voice of the followers in his generation. Something seems to have changed in regards to time and space. Young musicians like Baro are ending all stigmas that concern teenagers to be foolishly finding themselves. At only eighteen years old, Baro boasts a matured and mellowed style that has been crafted by a mix of independence, individualism and intellect. He represents the ever-changing rap scene in Australia, finally giving local hip-hop lovers something to be proud of.

Baro 17/18

Smooth, sophisticated and sincere, Baro nails it on his latest 17/18. The young emcee is only beginning to scratch the surface of what he can do.

Earlier this month Baro was number nine on the hip-hop/rap Apple iTunes chart with 17/18, sitting below Drake’s If You’re Reading this it’s Too Late, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and A$AP Rocky’s Long Last A$AP.

South-East Melbourne born Baro likes Jazz and lounge rap and takes on a general laid back approach to his musical meanderings while showcasing his humbled personality. Illy has said he is really keen to see where Baro takes his music as such a promising young emcee. If you had to use one word to describe him it would be smooth. He uses his liking of classic jazz in 17/18 to soulfully infuse and produce it to perfection.

Baro pays a big thank you to Ancentric, Oiigi & ESESE for the production on 17/18. Recently signing with New World Artists agency, he has been compared to other young and mature artists Earl Sweatshirt, Joey Bada$$ and King Krule. 17/18 is named after his transition from the age seventeen to eighteen; the album follows themes akin to the struggles of being young and breaking free of barriers.

Nine tracks celebrate the timeline of his teen-hood, trials, tribulations, triumphs and lovers. Baro explains that Grown Ass Boy is the musical blurb that listeners must hear first to decode the rest of the album. This For You, Fuck Everybody, represents a time in Baro’s life when nothing matters but her – pretty sweet. Baro found that “The process of the album differs from each song but mainly, most the songs on the EP were written and recorded late at night or early in the morning in my bungalow. Run N Tell Ur Friends was made on tour in March in hotel, van, friends house in Sydney and Brisbane through my Mac and apple headphones”.

On reflection Baro says,“I’m in a group called 90sRD that blogs don’t really shine much light on at all when interviewing me which is kind of weird cause in not too long the interviews will be all about RD. 17/18 isn’t an EP about growing up also…its all a non linear story book which all ties together in mine and my friends heads but I have properly said it yet and I bet people won’t understand. Lost Sol by Solmanic drops in August”. That said we can’t wait for August!

Make sure you catch Baro’s 17/18 tour over the next few weeks.

July 25 – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay NSW
July 30 – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney NSW (18+)
July 31 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD (18+)
August 1 – Shebeen, Melbourne VIC (18+)
August 8 – Rocket Bar, Adelaide SA (18+)

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