Melbourne teenager Baro stands out in a wave of young rappers who are transforming Australian hip hop, hauling it from the sausage sizzle into the 21st Century. Baro’s debut EP "17/18" landed in the Top 10 AIR Charts in 2015, marking his true arrival as part of the next generation of hip hop. Latest single wdubi (What Do You Believe In) (feat. Nasty Mars and Marcus) is an up vibe slice of his upcoming EP, and has been receiving high rotation airplay across triple j these past weeks.
At just 17 years old, Baro's mixtape, HOWGOODISGOOD? dropped to praise right across the blogosphere for its lush boom bap production and laidback flow, and helped ensure Baro was one of six finalists in triple j's Unearthed High competition. He was only a twinkle in his parent’s eye when his jazz rap predecessors were doing their thing, but Baro carries the style like a pro. His music fits right in alongside international prodigies Earl Sweatshirt, Joey Bada$$ and King Krule – but it’s got an unmistakably Australian sound.
Having spent most of his career so far sneaking past bouncers to play his own gigs, and support Allday, Remi and Illy, Baro took his birthday party national with the ‘Well, Baro is 18 now’ tour. As well as headlining the Push Stage at the St Kilda Festival, Baro has also picked up supporting slots with internationals BadBadNotGood, Danny Brown, and Freddie Gibbs, played Secret Garden Splendour and The Hills Are Alive festivals, and supported Elizabeth Rose recently.